We’ve gone from what felt like a long end to summer to a sudden fall over the weekend. I gauge the arrival of fall by the ash tree outside my kitchen window. A week ago, it was green with a few yellow leaves peaking through the canopy. By Saturday, it was engulfed in yellow, and within a few days, depending on wind and rain, it will be bare.
This sudden shaking off of leaves is a characteristic of ash trees. My parents have several of them at their house in the northern suburbs of St. Paul, and when I visited them Sunday afternoon, the leaves were falling so fast it looked like a yellow snowfall outside their windows.