One thing we won’t have in Oakland is much in the way of snow. This little flurry in Moline took us by surprise on October 10. You can see that the leaves on the trees were still green.
Since that day, just about a month ago we’ve seen all the leaves on the trees turn red, yellow, and orange and now most of the branches are bare. It’s been a relatively short leaf management season, and a little early, too, compared to past years. Raking, mowing, and piling leaves is a job that seems pretty daunting the first time you take it on. We’ve gotten better at it over the years. This year for the first time Moline has banned leaf burning, so we are moving leaves to the edge of the lawn for the big leaf sucking trucks to vacuum up. I know it’s environmentally devastating, and the health impact is pretty severe for a lot of people, but I actually kind of liked the smell of burning leaves. If the smoke didn’t get too thick, it put a kind of sour ting in the air that really smells like autumn.