On November 14th, I noticed it was finally starting to turn. Where other trees had long been turned, this one stubbornly held it's green.
But now, a bit of red had creeped in. I took a picture with my phone and thought it might be fun to document the changes over the next few weeks. This part of California isn't really known for having much in the way of fall--some trees turn, but we also seem to rather suddenly from triple-digit temps by day to cold Valley nights. Not cold by, say, Minnesota standards, but certainly cold for us. There's not a lot of in-between.
The tree was also still quite full, but some wind and rain had been threatening the leaves of all trees. I particularly enjoyed this stage, as the tree was almost half-and-half between the red and green. Mother Nature does like to play with her color palette, doesn't she?
I was off for the whole week of Thanksgiving, and when I returned on December 1st, the tree had truly caught fire--red at the top, with orange and yellow towards the bottom. It was magnificent, and elicited a gasp of happy surprise when I saw it that morning. I had thought it would still have traces of green, but a week-and-a-half had been sufficient to turn my tree completely.
It happened so quickly--on December 2nd, I noticed the leaves on the ground; by the next day, the tree was half-naked (it looks fuller in the picture because of the tree behind it, also a very lovely tree but not quite as magnificent as mine).
Sometimes, it's nice to stop and pay attention to the little details that surround us, to actually notice the world around me. Our planet is an amazing place, when we stop to really look at it.