The red-breasted robin has always been my harbinger of spring.
So, too, the first fallen red maple leaf is my autumn early warning system.
Two days ago, Shalom and I found a perfect red maple leaf – first one of the season for us – on our early morning walk. As I don’t bring either a camera or my iPad on when I’m walking Shalom, I picked up the leaf and carried it home.
Shalom, of course was curious about this piece of vegetation that we had brought indoors with us.
Though she isn’t much of a vegetable lover, this looked like it might be good enough to eat.
“What do you mean, it’s just for looking at,” she asked?
Nevertheless, she sat patiently while I photographed our forerunner of fall.
For me, this is a reminder that I’ll soon be preparing my flower beds for the coming cold season. It will be a learning experience this year. I still can’t tell the difference between some of the flowering weeds and the ornamental plants.