Today I looked out the window and saw that my favourite maple tree had lost almost all of its leaves overnight (thanks in no little part to Sandy). I guess the leaves were ready to fall but the wind took the timing out of the hands of the tree and into the hands of a storm. It made me think of a song I knew a long time agoe. Here are the Simon and Garfunkle lyrics from their song "Leaves that are Green".
I threw a pebble in a brook
And watched the ripples run away
And they never made a sound.
And the leaves that are green turned to brown,
And they wither with the wind,
And they crumble in your hand.
Photo credit: MAPLE LEAF FOREVER