Sunny yellow foliage is making its appearance on the Nova Scotia landscape. Birches, poplars and tamaracks all transform into bright gold at this time of year. Hot summers will often turn the leaves a dry brown before they have a chance to become yellow, but this summer’s plentiful rains and cooler temperatures promise golden hues this fall.
Some areas of the countryside change colour before others. Some transformations from green to yellow are gradual, while others seems to magically happen overnight.
In the woods, toadstools have popped up in shady spots under trees. There is quite a variety of them in the maritime woods, but the yellow ones are especially eye-catching and pretty. I’m not sure if the ones in the photograph below are Yellow Patches or Yellow-orange Fly Agaric. Both are considered inedible.
Golden rod flowers are still in bloom although many have now turned a dull brown. They’ve been a sign heralding the end of warm days since I was a child. Perhaps they steal and absorb the last bits of sunshine, keeping the final rays of warmth in their roots until spring.
Like many families with loved ones on tour, a yellow ribbon is displayed in the front yard. My son Kip arrived in Afghanistan this past week. The yellow ribbon is a reminder to keep him and other troops in thought and prayer during their period of deployment. We look forward to his safe return in the spring.
A haze on the far horizon,
The infinite tender sky,
The ripe, rich tints of the cornfield,
And the wild geese sailing by;
And all over upland and lowland,
The charm of the golden rod; —
Some of us call it Autumn,
And others call it God.
~ Willian Herbert Carruth