Last Breath of Autumn & A Leaf Throwing Party

Autumn is almost over around our home.  All the leaves have fallen and left my trees bare.  We had some rain and a windstorm Thanksgiving weekend and our trees almost instantaneously dropped their leaves. As I was having my cousins over that Saturday for a post-Thanksgiving lunch, I knew my little nieces would be excited to have a leaf throwing fight, so for their benefit we left ALL the leaves that had fallen.  Here are a few pics of the last breath of autumn in our garden and a leaf throwing party.

Fallen Leaves 🍂🍁

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Leaf Throwing Party Pics 🍂🍁

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Hanging out with cousins & Aunty Bama Visiting from India 🤗😘🤗

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Last Blooms of Autumn

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Autumn Leaves
Poem by Eve Merriam

Down
down
down

Red
yellow
brown

Autumn leaves tumble down,
Autumn leaves crumble down,
Autumn leaves bumble down,
Flaking and shaking,
Tumbledown leaves.

Skittery
Flittery
Rustle by
Hustle by
Crackle and crunch
In a snappety bunch.

Run and catch
Run and catch
Butterfly leaves
Sailboat leaves
Windstorm leaves.
Can you catch them?

Swoop,
Scoop,
Pile them up
In a stompy pile and
Jump
Jump
JUMP!

Last Breath of Autumn

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24 thoughts on “Last Breath of Autumn & A Leaf Throwing Party”

    1. Thank you! Yes, Bama Mami has been here since September. She is leaving in a couple of days back to India. We were finally able to all get together with Mami over the Thanksgiving holiday. She looks amazing as usual!!

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  1. Oh, those look like so many cottonwoods, but in the last picture, the trunks look almost like quaking aspen! Even with all they sycamore, birch and other trees visible in the background, the cottonwood leaves seem to the most abundant on the ground. (Sycamore leaves are not much fun anyway.) Cottonwoods and maples smell the most like autumn it seems.

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    1. Very keen observation! Yes, we do have birch and sycamore. The trees that turn a gorgeous yellow and drop their leaves is I do believe qualking aspen or poplar trees? I am not sure. One arborist said these looked like poplar or aspen trees that usually grow in Colorado, so he was surprised to see them here. I am not sure what these trees are, I would love to find out.

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      1. Wow, quaking aspens are the ones that grow in Colorado. I have only seen a few in my lifetime, and some happened to be in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Even in Murphys, they are uncommon. Not many people appreciate them because they look like the other less desirable but closely related cottonwoods or poplars. I would not know how to distinguish them from other poplars, but their leaves are slightly larger, and their petioles are laterally flattened so that they flutter in a breeze. I happen to like the Lombardy poplars (even though they are problematic), but the quaking aspen does not do well here. They prefer cooler winter weather. Even though they are a type of poplar, I believe that they are much less problematic, and last longer. (Lombardy poplars last only about 30 or 40 years.)

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        1. I was told that these are the poplars that need cooler temperatures, hence the observation that they “dont’ belong here” by one arborist. I was also told that th reason these are planted in the Colorado area is because when the breeze blows the leaves sound like the ocean. And they do when its windy here! Thanks for your comments.

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          1. Oh, I would not guess that they don’t belong ‘there’. I know they don’t belong ‘here’. The weather is too mild in winter. They are native to Colorado, and I believe that Aspen is named after them. (‘Aspen’ is another name for cottonwood or poplar.) My Pa really like them near Louisville near Denver. Even when they are green, the foliage shimmers in a breeze.

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            1. Well, I do not think that they are interchangeable. Those who know them as aspens would not want to refer to them as lowly cottonwoods. I think that ‘cottonwood’ has a bad connotation for poplars that are so aggressive in riparian situations. Aspens are the more desirable and prettier poplars that live out in more open areas, as well as in riparian environments. Besides, aspens are a particular group of poplars. Quaking aspens are probably the most elegant of the bunch. I happen to like Lombardy poplars, which are almost as lowly as common cottonwoods. So, they are all technically poplars. Cottonwoods and aspens are a groups within the larger collective group of poplars.

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