Bright Light

Driving down the hill, I'm seeing more and more color changes in the trees, and now in the grasses and ferns, too. Last year's fires didn't get all the larch trees at the top of Downing mountain, there is now some yellow at the peak. Summer's heat and lack of rain had the ninebark and other shrubs looking Fall-like in August, now the other foliage has caught up.

The cottonwoods and aspens along the Bitterroot river finally found their Fall color, so bright you almost needed sunglasses. Yellows all along the banks of the river, but in Hamilton some very large oaks and maples add shades of orange.

Lots of very large rose hips on the bushes along the road above the house, but they need a shot of hard frost before they can be used for tea. Waiting -