Three days

Autumn is fleeting. This was made clear the past three days.

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72 hours ago, a splendid reflection of aspens off our neighborhood lake.

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The air was warm, the leaves vibrant.

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To truly see the beauty of this planet, you have to be willing to look.

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A duck makes her way through the leaf clusters.

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Today the wind picked up, the snow flurries began, dropping the lingering leaves to the ground.

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Gone is the brilliant color. They nestle into the earth, almost swept aside like dirt off a floor. Their time is done. Soon, the woods will be a world of cold, wind and white.

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Fall is short, and fall is splendid. Fall is splendid because it is so short.

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