ESCANABA - When the autumn sunrise slices through the twilight and the mist, color pours out in perfect profusion.
The hues of fall are heavenly.
Summer has blue skies, green grass and flowers of every blooming color. Winter sparkles with whiteness. But autumn has the richest and deepest colors of all.
Karen Wils photos
The color’s of autumn are healthy when they come from the garden.
For a few weeks, every thing is picture perfect in our "little hollow in the hardwoods."
Beautiful treetops fill the image with just a shadow where the "ever so small opening" is around our camp.
There is no place on earth lovelier than camp in late September and October.
For a few days the whole woodlands dance with color. From fire truck red, to amber and orange, to bronze and brown, the treetops bow and rustle along the river.
Then it's time to rake. The big falling leaves rain down intent on burying everything in their way.
Piles of leaves swallow up pathways, porches, picnic tables, ferns and flowers.
Three generations of our family made trails in those leaves.
I remember our beagle dogs almost disappearing when they hit the maple leaf drifts near camp.
I recall my own kids as toddlers in walkers plowing through the mounds of brittle leaves.
It seems like years ago, the amount of leaves that rained down on us, was much more than in the last few years.
I know that this years growing season was a rough one for our forests.
The extreme drought sent a lot of leaves dead and brown, to the ground in August.
But as our days get shorter and our nights get cooler, some fall colors are sure to ripen.
Like the orange pumpkins, yellow squashes and red tomatoes, the autumn will paint the woodlands.
The calendar says that Saturday is the first day officially of Autumn.
Head for your favorite garden, field woodlands or camp.
Take a camera to capture the color.
Karen (Rose) Wils is a lifelong north Escanaba resident. Her folksy columns appear weekly in Lifestyles.