Fall foliage seems far better than average

Hickory tree, left, and an oak glow in Sunday's early light.

I’m certainly not a leafologist, and a small box of crayons will test my artistic knowledge.

But I know natural beauty when I see it, and I saw it Sunday morning at our farm north of Lawrence.

The steep hillsides thickly studded with  five species of oaks, two of hickory, walnuts and many others, were ablaze with the kind of color most think only occur in New England.

I’m guessing  it’s been at least 30 years since we’ve had these kinds of colors on our family farm.

Lemony walnuts and hickories are usually expected, but this year the oaks seem to be electrified, too.

Maybe it had something to do with the drought, or maybe it was at least two nights of temps in the mid-20s….all I know is that it is beautiful.

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