Perhaps it is due to the nature of my education but I find that every year I pay very close attention to the harbingers of the seasons. Several years ago, I noticed that all the Ginko Biloba trees on campus chose one day to suddenly loose all of their leaves. It literally rained Ginko leaves all day until the trees were completely bare. I tried to pinpoint a single reason for the sudden loss (day of the year, temperature, hours of sunlight) but the following couple of years didn't seem to follow any given pattern. It was like the Ginkos got together overnight and decided to synchronize their shedding. Leaf shedding day happened last week. But this time it was more than just the Ginkos. As I got on my bike to ride to work, I noticed that one of my neighbor's Maple trees hadn't lost its leaves although mine had. It was a beautiful, still, sunny day but something (perhaps water content) hit a critical level and by the time I started home, I noticed that the Ginkos (which had been full of beautiful yellow leaves that morning) were nearly bare. The park I ride through on the way home was also littered with several inches of newly fallen leaves and my neighbor's Maple tree had a golden skirt. Since there was no wind, each tree was encircled by the leaves it had lost, making the neighborhood an interesting patchwork of colors.
This post really has no point but I am continually amazed at the beauty and order in nature. As President Hinkley said, "God rules."