It doesn't get much prettier than this! This was the 2005 autumn, which does not really seem that long ago. The yellow tree is one of the three sisters. Many of the maples and aspens were a little redder this year. Since I take so many pictures here, it is fun to follow the growth of individual trees and compare the colors of one autumn to another. This year the tamarack, or larch, are just beginning to turn in the last two days. Last year, they were all yellow at this time, so they are later. Which is a small bit of anecdotal evidence for global warming. My daughter moved here in 1986 and the winters aren't generally as cold as they were then. And the oldtimers say that winters in the thirties and forties were MUCH colder than they were then. I hope we have finally gotten the will to make an all-out assault on this problem, at least as we understand it now. Most of the things we think need to be done, are not HARMFUL, especially conservation. But I have to admit, I HATE those ugly-shaped, mercury-containing and stingy-with-light flourescent bulbs. I'm using them, but it is sort of like being on a diet--not fun, even if you know how virtuous it is. The cold is coming in tonight and there will be wind, snow and rain on Monday, so we may wait a day of two before leaving.