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Reflections upon fallen leaves

Nick Della Volpe
Features columnist

Nature’s cycles.

Fall means raking leaves, at least in my hilltop yard, which is surrounded by mature oak trees, as well as dogwoods and ornamentals. Those giants are not like my Chilhowee Drive neighbor’s modest-sized gingko tree. The gingko’s leaves turn a brilliant gold in the fall, then almost overnight, drop to ground, blanketing its base in gold.

Brilliant but fleeting. One session and you’re done. My oak trees demand more attention. They parcel out their brown bounty over several months, from November through year’s end. A sea of leaves, that would mound knee deep if left unattended.

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Scents of autumn

Dr. Bob Collier
Nature notes

Fall is really here. We’ve had three morning frosts. The leaves have peaked in color in the mountains, and are showing up nicely, species by species, here on the ridges and in the valleys. The air is fresh and crisp, and those wonderful fall smells are in the air – wood smoke, dry crunchy leaves underfoot, spicy goodies in the oven. The weather is great, and all those smells are great.

Well, ummm, not all of them.

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