They look like parrot feathers, party decorations, something somehow oriental and exotic, while in fact, sumac (yes a relative of poison ivy but this one won’t make you need an ocean of calamine lotion) is a common roadside weedy woody tree.
But this time of year, they are far from common, and along with the Virginia Creeper (I’ve assigned myself the task of getting a portrait of same today) these are some of the earliest harbingers of the color change close upon us.
Our five maples that have so nicely shaded our house all summer are in various stages of change, one almost at peak, another showing no noticeable color change though its leaves do look rather exhausted, and they all make a papery-empty sound now when the wind blows as they give up the good fight and prepare to find a place along our drive and yard and roadway.
I’ll be posting “signs of fall” for the next few weeks. “Find me some signs of fall” we’d assign the kids when they were small, and they were off on the seasonal scavenger hunt that also included for credit smells, clouds and the feel on their skin.
What are your signs of fall?