The wind and rain came last night, just as predicted, so I'm glad I snapped a bunch of photos before.
Remember the beautiful mystery tree?
The wind arrived first and nearly stripped it.
The leaves are huge. They can be really a real mess when it rains, so I had in mind to make the boys sweep the driveway, but - good news!
The wind took care of them for us. Some have blown into a pile next to the driveway, and the rest?
Well, who knows whose yard they ended up in.
Up in the woods, the maples are taking on their winter look.
Gunnar liked kicking through the dry, rustly leaves.
The wind did some other interesting things.
Look on top of the dead snag...
That huge branch, hanging at an angle, is probably 6 or 7 inches in diameter... wonder when it will blow down?
And this old leaning tree - still living - continues to hang over the trail, hung up in two other trees.
Around here we have a lot of Big Leaf Maples (acer macrophyllum).
Yah, the leaves are really big.
Gunnar commented that it was a good thing we already knew where the trail was!
And lastly, we checked in on another leaning tree... seems like its lean is increasing.
What do you think?
A couple weeks ago...
What is it like where you are?