Cardinal dons his shawl,
leaf begins to fade
"Tread lightly!" I implore Jack Frost,
for I long to see
dogwoods burning brightly,
oaks blushing deeply, birch crowning gold
joining smoldering sumac swaying,
caressing mountain's side,
proclaiming Autumn's glory.
by Margaret Bednar, September 29, 2015
The cardinal grows new feathers August through September and the edges are tipped with brown which dulls their appearance until spring when the tips have worn off and becomes a bright red. This is something new I learned today as I noticed the cardinals were a bit drab looking today.
If a heavy frost hits early in the season, the sun and cool nights will NOT have a chance to change the leaves to their rightful bright fall colors. The sumac turns red first, so I guess it is not threatened.
I hope I make it up to the mountains before the colors peak - and I hope Mr. Frost politely stays away.
This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - The Tuesday Platform".