October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band....
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky....
~George Cooper (1840–1927), "October's Party," c.1887
Great Blue Heron
There ought to be a way to combine "autumn" and "morning" into one word, the combination of the two is special enough to be its own entity.
The genial sunlight melts on the hills
The breath of the morning white and cold;
By the wayside bend sprays of aster bloom
And the forest turns to russet and gold...
~C.B. Galbreath, "Autumn Leaves, October 1918
Photos from early Monday morning in the country.
All but one of these photos were shot in Broemmelsiek Park. This is one of the Saint Charles County MO Parks. The road photo was taken at another location.