The leaves were changing and starting to fall in a cascade of colors. Then, something happened. They turned brown instead. After some devastating rains this summer, causing flooding for so many, we are now in desperate need of moisture. I wonder if the hot spell we had a few weeks ago, with 80° temperatures during the day and 70° at night, didn’t stump the colors. Cool nights are needed for the best of Autumn colors. The leaves are falling now, dried and brittle, without the color we expect, while there are still a lot of green leaves on the trees and shrubs.
The other day, the weather bureau issued a Red Flag Warning with the possibility of brush fires, a common problem in Southern California, but, not around Chicago. These weather conditions are what fanned the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The grasses are at the height of their beauty, waving in the wind that threatened the area earlier this week. Above is a specimen whose name I do not know. She is dancing with the burning bush in the background. I love the contrast in this pairing of airy white and shocking red, grass vs leaves, tall and stately vs round and seductive – all frolicking in front of the Elmhurst Police Station.
Who is performing in the outdoor theater around you?