Gossamer

I found all of these cool, mostly-decayed leaves lying on the ground.  I don’t know if they were only in that spot, or if I’ve just never noticed them before, but they caught my eye and I thought they were really beautiful, like gossamer, even though they’re decomposing.  I’m pretty sure they’re created when leaves fall and start to decay, but since the leafy part decomposes faster than the veins, you get this cool leaf-skeleton. Voila!

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Leaves

I’ve always thought it was interesting how trees are all so different in the way they during the fall. The Elm trees are already half bare,while the ash trees are still mostly green. Even trees if the same type can drop their leaves at different times, depending on how much sun they get, whether they have a building acting as a wind block, & other things.

Autumn

The leaves on the trees are changing their color & dropping to the ground. The maples changed first, into a bright red & yellow color, but everything else is beginning to shift color too. Everything except the oak trees. Instead of changing into a bright shade of yellow, orange or red, they just turn brown & crispy & fall off.

Squirrel Munchies

The squirrels love to sit in the grass in my yard & nibble away at fallen Elm tree branches. They strip the twigs of all their leaves, until nothing but a few veins of the leaves are left uneaten. The freshest ones they like the best, & hesitate to run if someone approaches, they are so intent on eating. It seems like in the summer they are less worried about their food supply, & seem more relaxed & less frantic in their search for things to eat. I’m sure this is because food is much more abundant. 

Squirrels eat almost anything, & are eaten by many predators too. They have a unique adaptation that helps to survive, however: if a predator grabs a squirrel by the tail, the squirrel’s tail will snap off, & the squirrel will run away. I’ve found squirrel tails lying on the sidewalk around my house several times, but with 

'this is the Elm leaf'

no trace of a dead squirrel nearby. After a while, the squirrel’s tail grows back, although it remains stumpy aft- 

'this is what the twig looks like after the squirrels have nibbled it'

erwards. 

Leaves are opening.

"Pine needles, Ash tree leaves (orange), & Elm tree leaf (yellow) in the fall."

The buds that are on all the trees are now opening into leaves. They’re bright green, & no bigger than a kernel of corn. Leaves are actually many colors, such as red, & orange, but the chlorophyll in them colors them green. In the fall, the tree stops making the chlorophyll, & the leaves show their real colors, before they fall off. Coniferous trees (pine trees) do not lose their needles during winter because they are small, & lightweight, & do not burden the tree as much in the winter. Pine trees often live where it is very cold, & their small needles are useful for living where there is less light & it is colder, as the tree needs less light to make food. The same is true for cacti, because they live where there is very little water.