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Natural moments: October color

In  October, nature offers a host of colors and views of the season's final busy bees and insects in northern Illinois. Ash trees' leaves are mostly all reddish and orange, while maples are half yellow, half green. Young oak trees' leaves are turning red and brown, while the elderly mighty oaks will turn in late October/early November. Maple leaf viburnums glow in a rich red in the autumn sunshine.  Roadsides and prairies are flowing with the purple hues of New England asters and the ever-present yellow colors of goldenrods. Various other types of asters, much smaller than the New England variety, display small white flowers in huge clumps. Bees and other insects are gathering nectar and pollen from asters and goldenrods, the last native flowers to bloom before winter comes. Large, green-husked walnuts are dropping from trees as the leaves turn golden yellow to brown. Even the unfurling bark of a river birch seems aglow in brown, orange and gray.  An occasional dragonfly dips by a wetland. It's nature's last busy, colorful hurrah before winter.

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