Idyllic Vermont


For whatever reason, the leaves in Vermont aren’t turning color like usual. At least, we had several people tell us that while we were there. One said it was because of some kind of virus or bacteria that was on the leaves of some of the trees that kept them from changing like usual. Others said it was because of a late heat wave that just caused the leaves to “burn” and drop. What’s the reality? I don’t have a clue, but I know that even with a “little” color as we saw, it was still lovely.

This shot was taken one morning before the sun hit the pasture in front of the fence. I liked the white of the fence and the color of the tree as if they were put there purposely to complement each other.

Ah, fall! How I love it!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1941, the Germans began their surge to Moscow, led by the 1st Army Group and Gen. Fedor von Bock. Russian peasants in the path of Hitler’s army employ a “scorched-earth” policy.

Hitler’s forces had invaded the Soviet Union in June, and early on it had become one relentless push inside Russian territory. The first setback came in August, when the Red Army’s tanks drove the Germans back from the Yelnya salient. Hitler confided to General Bock at the time: “Had I known they had as many tanks as that, I’d have thought twice before invading.” But there was no turning back for Hitler–he believed he was destined to succeed where others had failed, and capture Moscow.

Although some German generals had warned Hitler against launching Operation Typhoon as the harsh Russian winter was just beginning, remembering the fate that befell Napoleon–who got bogged down in horrendous conditions, losing serious numbers of men and horses–Bock urged him on. This encouragement, coupled with the fact that the Germany army had taken the city of Kiev in late September, caused Hitler to declare, “The enemy is broken and will never be in a position to rise again.” So for 10 days, starting October 2, the 1st Army Group drove east, drawing closer to the Soviet capital each day. But the Russians also remembered Napoleon and began destroying everything as they fled their villages, fields, and farms. Harvested crops were burned, livestock were driven away, and buildings were blown up, leaving nothing of value behind to support exhausted troops. Hitler’s army inherited nothing but ruins.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.


2 thoughts on “Idyllic Vermont

  1. The best color change in the leaves requires clear sunny days but cold freezing nights around this time to produce the color along with the normal dying off of the leaves. So a heat wave that keeps it warm at night would lessen the colors, as would cloudy days.

    We don’t get much of this color in any form down here in sunny San Diego!

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