After a wondrous hiking vacation it's taken me a few surreal days to acclimatize back into my biking routine. And what a beautiful time of year! There are purple, magenta, and deep red wild asters lining the bike trail...
Contrasting with goldenrod...
and sumac trees turning orange and red.
There's even early color in a maple grove, appropriately gracing the Maple Research facility's front lawn.
My wheels roll over leaves, the crunch and crackle welcome sounds.
I glide past a storm water pond where a menagerie of plants and trees were planted a year ago, but are already an established, colorful part of the fall landscape.
As the days grow sadly shorter, a kind of special, if fleeting, beauty has replaced the heat of summer.