April 24, 2007 ~ The Strangest Sound
tree of dead leaves
Whenever the wind picked up, there was the strangest sound, similar to the dry papery rattle of fall leaves, but higher pitched and softer.
Two hard freezes in a row in April killed most of the new growth, flowers and leaves alike. Petals faded and fell, buds turned brown before they had the chance to open. The mountainsides, recently bursting with green, were now the rusty reds and browns of late autumn. November in April.
But it was the strange thin sound of dead baby leaves in the wind that I found most eerie. Most of the leaves had crumpled and dried with the frost.
Green is now finally starting to come out, again, but it a slow and hesitant growth. Many trees like the one above haven't a hint of green yet, exercising caution. Others are pushing forward, despite the setback:
leaves growing midst the dead