A couple weeks ago when I was out stomping on that land in Kansas, I had to really search to find anything in color. This closeup of some sumac leaves was the best I could do.
Everything else seemed lifeless...if not charred.
The only thing with any sort of life was this dead leaf attached to a spider web remnant, endlessly oscillating in the slight breeze.
I walked in the woods for a while but the slight breeze at the top of a hill turned out to be a kind of dangerous. It sounded pretty, the sound of wind blowing through the tops of the trees, but when a large tree crashed to the ground in front of me, just about twenty feet away, well, that was too much drama so I left.
But the following week when I returned, it was sunny. It was even somewhat warm. And there were bugs!
I got a good staredown from a stinkbug.
Watched a little common buckeye butterfly sun itself on the gravel.
But still, not too much color...although there were hints that something would be happening soon...
Yesterday when I returned, it was a gloomy and wet day...but big changes had been made in the landscape. Look at that pretty little maple tree now.
...and then it's all over. It's like a good fireworks finale, watching all the colors go all crazy at this time of year and I don't want to miss seeing any one of them before they all go out.