I went to Spokane for 4 days at the end of September and when I came back, it was fall. Everything had turned yellow after I left and leaves were piling up in the yard quickly. I raked a couple times, in vain, as the leaves just kept coming. At least I filled a couple pumpkin bags for Halloween decor in the yard during our short call.
Thursday, the 10th, a cold winter storm came in fast and hard, pouring heavy wet snow on all the trees surrounding the cabin and leaving about 8 inches of snow in the yard by the end of the day. The heavy snow was unfortunately too heavy for most of the cottonwood trees in the yard and hundreds of branches came crashing down all around us. Unfortunately, two of the largest branches, as big as trees themselves, came crashing down on our home for the last 3 years, our 32 foot travel trailer. Since it has a cover on it we couldn’t see the damage and had high hopes but unfortunately the roof was destroyed in several places, frame bent and water already causing damage inside.
Long story short, fall is practically over – visually at least. The cold snap turned many of the orange and yellow trees brown or caused them to shed their remaining leaves and although it won’t snow again for weeks, we are in a proverbial seasonless state until it does.
Anyway, I did get some photos while things were still yellow and not covered in fallen branches.