Autumn leaves of red and gold

Fall was barely a blip on our screens, it seems. Within two weeks, we went from t-shirts and shorts to coats and mittens.

Sigh.

I adore Autumn. It’s my favorite season. It would seem it has left us until next year.

Recently, my OSU STEP group went on a photo scavenger hunt. It was an exceptionally beautiful fall afternoon and I couldn’t bear to stay inside a moment longer. I’m glad we seized the moment! These photos were captured as part of the hunt (Find three leaves of different colors) all lovely, don’t you think?

One of my favorite things about falling leaves is the tannic acid they contain. They stain and etch sidewalks with beautiful ghosted images. Side note, tannic acid is also responsible for some crocodilian coloration. Crocodiles and Alligators are green-skinned in waters laden with algae. Waters with overhanging leaves – that drop and decay in large quantities – produce darker skin in these animals. There’s a fascinating fact for you to drop into your next awkward party conversation. 

But I digress. I posted to honor the leaves, the falling leaves. Cue Nat King Cole’s live performance (October 29th, 1957) of “Autumn Leaves” on The Nat King Cole Show. The man could sing. Live. No auto-tuning. Just singing.

 

 

 

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