The recent rains have almost stripped all of the beautiful leaves off the trees, leaving them bare and ready for a long, dreary winter. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than waking up to a beautiful, fresh winter snow blanketing the earth. It makes everything look so fresh and clean. The problem is that we generally get ice instead of snow. I can live without ice.
The leaves were beautiful this fall, nicer than I can remember in recent years. I think it must be due to the fact that we had a really mild summer. Some days the high didn't get out of the 70's. No August heat this year.
I took this picture this past Sunday. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, but Sunday brought more rain. I stepped out on my driveway near the street to capture the beautiful leaves before they gave up and let the rain wash them off the trees. I love the contrast between the oranges, yellows, and browns of the leaves with the dark blues and grays of the storm clouds coming in. You also get a peek at some of the other houses in my neighborhood. Most of the houses were built in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Too bad that overgrown monstrosity of a bush of my neighbor's is in the way.