Watching the turn of the seasons is always about color.
We watch for things to green up in early summer, and in autumn, I watch for red.
As lovely as yellow Tulip Poplars and orange Crepe Myrtle leaves may be,
I love the vibrant scarlet tones of autumn,
popping out against the tired summer foliage of ground, hedge, and trees.
First come the Dogwood leaves,
then the bright red flower spikes of Pineapple Sage
and the sudden surprise of Lycoris radiata popping out of nowhere.
Pokeberry stems turn bright magenta as its berries transform from dull green into vivid inky black.
Next the Virginia Creeper Vines turn vivid scarlet and almost jump from their trees in excitement.
The season will progress, each day more vividly colorful than the next, until the color finally comes blowing to the ground in a November storm.
But now, in late September, as the annual parade of color is just beginning…. I’m watching for red-
All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2013