Sunday, September 27, 2020

Catalpa Leaves

 The weather is still warm but the catalpa in our yard is telling us that we are moving into autumn. Those big leaves are losing chlorophyl. A map of bright green veins remain, showing how the leaves nourish themselves. This brief time is when they look the most beautiful. Our catalpa does not make a graceful and colorful transition into winter. Instead, those very large leaves shrivel, turn brown from the edges in, then drop, leaving a tangle of bare spreading branches. But for a few more days, we will have those bright green veins.