We knew this was coming. In a deciduous forest in autumn, leaves are going to fall. Yet the stark nudity of the trees on Tuesday morning is still a shock. They seem to have hemorrhaged leaves; in the space of a week, most have fallen.
We watch as the remaining leaves continue to fall. The slightest breeze severs them from their branches and sets them into motion.
Unseasonably warm weather and an uncharacteristically dark sky set the tone for our visit. The woods feel unfamiliar in the ashen light. Even after nine weeks at this site, it is difficult to retrace steps and find favored spots. Markings and details that used to guide us are gone. The canopy of leaves above our heads has vanished.
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