No two seasons ever look the same out there.
Here are three views taken in early October in three recent years. All these shots were taken from the patio, looking out at the hillside.
|October 11, 2010 the hillside was dominated by pale gold and soft yellow.|
|The following year -- October 11, 2011. Some rich golden color, and some maples turning russet.|
|October 7, 2012. This year there are scarlets and reds, but no golden hues.|
But I do not lack for gold in early October. Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) has finally matured into a good sized shrub behind the spruces this year, and it gives me all the bright yellow I could want.
Here's a peek on a misty, rainy day:
And then the sun came out.
And in bright sunshine it was dripping golden coins.
This spicebush will rain down all its golden treasure before the rest of the hillside completely colors up.
This is the first year in the past three that it has done this so vividly. It's as if the spicebush has put on its own show to make up for the lack of any sunshine gold on the hill this year.