Changing Colors

By Terry Golson

When you think about autumn in New England, you think about fall foliage. The maples are the first to turn orange. Two weeks ago this branch was the harbinger of things to come.


Now whole trees are in glowing in yellows and reds. Here in Maine pine trees frame the maples and make the colors pop.


At Turtle Hill, though, I don’t look up at the trees to see the colors of seasonal change. I look down.


We’re still in a drought and the field in front of my house has been brown for awhile, but now the grasses are shedding seeds. The colors are muted and soft.

The goldenrod is in bloom.


As are the Queen Ann’s lace and asters.


Much of the field is a native lowbush blueberry barren. That’s where the fall colors are most intense. It’s a carpet of cranberry red leaves.


We could use rain. Days of it. But while I have these clear skies, dry air and stunningly beautiful views, I’ll make the most of them. Today Tonka and I are going to go out on the trails.

How is it looking in your corner of the world?

10 thoughts on “Changing Colors

  • Durbin Goodwin

    This is beautiful. Living in North Carolina – not the mountains – I miss the beautiful Fall foliage where I grew up. Plus we really have no winter to speak of. I like cold, snow and the peace it brings.

  • Jan

    Lovely colours, we never seem to get the right weather to have good leaf colour. I know they are Asters but we tend to call them Michaelmas Daisies which always makes me think of Christmas. Thank you for all the pictures and videos really enjoy looking at them all on here and Facebook Stay well keep safe. 🙂

  • Michelle McMillen

    Wind and rain today. So thankful after a hot, dry summer that ended in fire storms and intense smokey haze for ten days, even if my arena is littered with maple leaves that blew off, drought dry, before turning gold.

  • Gin

    No leaf color here yet, too early. On my ride today I did see a couple of dogwoods starting to turn red on one of the higher ridges. I’d call the way it looks here is late summer. The colors look faded or muted. Have lots of goldenrod, asters, compass plants and other various white and yellow flowers. I actually like this better than when the leaves turn.
    I hope you all that are near the wildfires or hurricanes are safe. That smoke has to be horrible, we actually had a smoke haze here that bothered a lot of people and I live a thousand miles or so away from the fires.

    • Shannon

      I’m in Washington State, the east or dry side (high desert). The fires are awful and the smoke was horribly hazardous for a week. I was signed up for the Regional Championships in dressage and had to pull out because the smoke exposure was too great. The mare I ride needs two weeks off, then to be brought back very slowly to avoid respiratory issues. The good thing is we’ve been using positive reinforcement training to teach her the Spanish walk and to desensitize her to my daughter in an alien costume!

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