Like Anne Shirley, I’m glad there are Octobers. As L. M. Montgomery describes in Anne of Green Gables, this is the time of year — in certain parts of the northern hemisphere — when birches turn “as golden as sunshine,” maples are “royal crimson,” and cherry trees become “dark red and bronzy green.” It’s beautiful.
Where I live, some trees and shrubs are at their height of color, while others are just starting to change:
The fan-shaped leaves of the gingkoes in my backyard are now streaked with gold. Soon, they will carpet the lawn the way they do at Woodlynne, the fictional estate in Amelia Elkins Elkins (a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion):
What’s October like for you?
*These pictures were taken on October 27th in suburban Philadelphia (where Amelia Elkins Elkins takes place).
PS. Did you notice that the tree at the top of this post is staring at you? I didn’t see its “eye” until I posted the picture! (Click on the image to make it bigger). That tree was the inspiration for a character in Anusha of Prospect Corner (a multicultural update to Anne of Green Gables).