Our cool nights and warm days earlier this week provided the perfect recipe for bright autumn colors.  With a blue sky and a sidelight provided by a rising sun, I knew this tree would be brilliant.  The colors were intense and the leaves that were already on the ground provided a subtle crunch as I walked around the grove of trees to frame this image.  What you don’t see is that I was right next to a busy street during morning rush hour, and I couldn’t help but wonder if the people passing by were aware of this brilliant display that Mother Nature was providing.  I hope they paused for a brief moment to appreciate the colors, to be aware of the smells of fall, and to know that it is all fleeting as winter will soon be on the heels of autumn.