It may still be warm and sunny, but nature is beginning to show signs of change. Autumn is coming and the leaves are turning.
This heralds another colourful season and signals “its time to bring in the harvest – stock up now”, but it also heralds harshness and struggle for much of the wildlife. If bears don’t get their fill of the berries that are abundant at this time, or get enough fish from the spawning salmon, they will not be able to hibernate and survive until next year. There is an urgency now.
As I was driving through Manning Park, British Columbia, today there were maples/acers with burnished bronze leaves, dogwoods with dark crimson leaves and some aspens with yellowing leaves. I managed to capture this dogwood shrub, with one bright, scarlet branch while the rest of the bush was holding out for as long as it could!!!