Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

color around!

It is now the second week of October. In Western Pennsylvania, a cold front moved in last night giving my neighborhood some strong shocks of lighting. This cold front has brought drier, cooler air into the region, and the leaves are starting to turn colors. Most leaves and other foliage remain green, but by the end of this week, nearly 50% of the leaves should start turning colors. We have not yet had a frost, so all of the fall-blooming wildflowers, such as Asters and Goldenrods, are still fully flowered. Crickets are still chirping at night, but are much quieter. Migrant birds are swiftly moving about the bushes as they make their way South.

We are in the early stages of Autumn.

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