Autumn colors creep into Maine foliage

Posted Oct. 20, 2013, at 3:04 p.m.
Maples leaves glisten in the morning sun on Sunday as fall winds down in Glenburn.
Maples leaves glisten in the morning sun on Sunday as fall winds down in Glenburn.
Fall colored leaves form a mosaic pattern along a field in Glenburn on Sunday.
Fall colored leaves form a mosaic pattern along a field in Glenburn on Sunday.
A red maple leaf lays on the forest floor among other leaves on Sunday in Glenburn, awaiting November's gusts to spread them far and wide.
A red maple leaf lays on the forest floor among other leaves on Sunday in Glenburn, awaiting November's gusts to spread them far and wide.
A spider suns himself on a beech leaf on Sunday as fall turns the leaf  from green to yellow to brown in Glenburn.
A spider suns himself on a beech leaf on Sunday as fall turns the leaf from green to yellow to brown in Glenburn.
Sumac leaves shine bright red as the morning sun hits them in a forested section of Glenburn on Sunday.
Kevin Bennett
Sumac leaves shine bright red as the morning sun hits them in a forested section of Glenburn on Sunday.
Dew on a red maple leaf shines in the morning sun in a forested section of Glenburn on Sunday.
Dew on a red maple leaf shines in the morning sun in a forested section of Glenburn on Sunday.
A  maple leaf floats to the ground as a light wind teases leaves from an old maple tree in Hermon on Sunday.
A maple leaf floats to the ground as a light wind teases leaves from an old maple tree in Hermon on Sunday.
A maple leaf rests on bed of moss under a dead evergreen near Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.
A maple leaf rests on bed of moss under a dead evergreen near Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.
The tree surrounding Phillips Lake in Lucerne are brightly colored as fall turns the trees leaves yellow, red and orange as seen on Monday.
Kevin Bennett
The tree surrounding Phillips Lake in Lucerne are brightly colored as fall turns the trees leaves yellow, red and orange as seen on Monday.
A maple leaf  floats in a pool of water under a beech tree near Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.
A maple leaf floats in a pool of water under a beech tree near Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.
Red maple leaves flutter in the breeze atop a hill overlooking Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.
Kevin Bennett
Red maple leaves flutter in the breeze atop a hill overlooking Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.
Water flows around rocks with fallen leaves on them as seen on Monday  near Phillips Lake in Lucerne.
Kevin Bennett
Water flows around rocks with fallen leaves on them as seen on Monday near Phillips Lake in Lucerne.
Camouflaged by fall leaves the remains of a fireplace emerge from the woods near Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.
Camouflaged by fall leaves the remains of a fireplace emerge from the woods near Phillips Lake in Lucerne on Monday.

Summer lingers on the rays of sun that caress our faces as we pull our boats from the water, close up camps and shut down pools.

Fall slips into Maine, quiet at first, as we mourn our loss. No more walking bare-footed on the beach. No more short-sleeved shirts. Chilly nights lead to chilly mornings.

First up north in the County, then working its way southward toward the coast, fall reveals its splendor of color through the leaves on the trees around the state of Maine. The buses roll in, brilliant colors and hues fill the viewfinders of many a tourist from away.

Like the camera-toting masses that appear to ooh and ahh the display, the foliage show is short-lived. Both leaves and leaf-peepers are here now. Tomorrow, or next week, they’ll both fade away to some distant (or nearby) place.

The autumn winds swirl. The leaves fall and the tourists retreat, each sharing an unspoken promise.

Same time next year.

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