Leaf Drop - November 9, 2008

Written on November 9, 2008 but lost in the electronic vortex until this evening:

Last week's storm brought at least four inches of wet snow and brought down many branches and tree crowns. The trees that had already dropped their leaves--ash, tupelo and walnut--were unharmed. American beeches, which typically hold onto their leaves through the winter, weathered well.

Those who still had leaves--white and black oaks, tulips, and red maples fared poorly. I listened to their branches snap. Distant cracks sounded like gunfire.

The red maple leaves have now all fallen. The tulip tree leaves are following, but the oak leaves hang on.