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It’s almost Spring officially and I’d put off raking the leaves covering my flower beds as long as I could, so I enlisted the help of my 4 year old granddaughter and went at it.  She learned to use the leaf blower, which was fun for her but she didn’t have much of a plan for blowing other than the laugh out loud joy of making the leaves fly.  She was better at raking until she said she was sweaty…


While I made a big pile, all the time thinking I probably should have done this last fall even though I hauled bags of leaves out then, she decided to make a nest, feathering it with plumes from an ornamental grass and sticks.  This was quite the project and she absolutely did have a vision for this.


While I raked, she nested, finally taking a fake nap for my benefit.


It’s ok that I didn’t get these raked last fall.  We uncovered tulips about to bloom and made room for the other spring plants to reach out to the sun now that the temperatures are getting above freezing.  In the fall, she jumps in the piles.  In the spring, she makes a nest.  I wonder if that’s some primal instinct.

I was thinking about raking leaves when I was her age.  We had a big brick incinerator in our back yard where we burned them.  You can’t burn leaves in the city now, but the smell of those burning leaves stays with me.   I do miss that smell, a smell of my childhood.

We stirred up a lot with our leaf play.  A lot of dust and smells, a lot of imagination, and a lot of memories.

I keep wondering if I ever had a year when I didn’t appreciate everything around me? When I was younger, did I drive by all the beauty in a couple of decades of endless carpools and meetings and kids? I don’t think I did. I hope I didn’t. I only know I appreciate all the beauty more every year now and this beautiful world takes my breath away every day.

Tulsa is exploding with colors. The cities are often prettier than the country because people plant trees for their seasonal colors. We’re having a kind of late fall because it’s been so unseasonably warm, no freeze yet. But the color is coming every day. You drive by a tree one day and it’s green, the next day it’s changing colors, the next day it’s brilliant. Every errand is a trip through beauty. I want to stop along the way with my camera to catch it all. I’ve taken pictures before, but it’s different every year. Trees change shapes, the colors and go, it’s a new world.

One of my maples is turned, the big one is just now changing. My pecan tree hasn’t even started to turn its gorgeous yellow. But here are some colors around my yard…




I love the beauty berry…


And some more trees around the neighborhood…



Even the vines turn colors…


This tree never disappoints…



As the leaves thin out, you can see clumps of mistletoe ready for the holidays. Oklahoma’s state flower, even though it’s a parasite…we do have a sense of humor here…


It’s a beautiful fall day when the skies are a clear blue and even the fallen leaves are lovely, not yet a nuisance to be raked.


For those of you who don’t have four seasons, this is for you. For the rest of us…get out and look around you. It’s another glorious day…

We have a drought going on in Oklahoma, which made it a question of whether we would have fall colors.  Sometimes, in droughts, the leaves just dry up and fall off.  Or we have wind that blows the leaves from the trees just as they have turned.  This year, summer seemed to not want to leave.  The temperatures were warm and the leaves stayed green.  Then the calendar turned to November and the leaves had just had it.  Overnight, the colors came out.  When I went walking yesterday morning, the sun was shining through the leaves on a cloudless, still day and the colors were just incredible.  Here are some phone shots I took.  Look for the mistletoe in one of the trees.  My husband used to shoot it down for me when he was out bird hunting and loved bringing it home from his treks in the fields on those crisp fall mornings.







Get out and enjoy it!