Autumn has moved in with such a peculiar pace. Fall color is truly hit-or-miss in the Ozarks this year with some areas of maples in full yellow-red brilliance while in other parts of the state, green leaves persist on most trees except the hickories and walnuts which have already dropped theirs. Seed ticks are starting to disappear (or at least aren't as horrific as they were in early September). Fall hiking through biodiverse woodlands and glades is an absolute delight with all the asters and goldenrods in incredibly robust bloom, sassafras and aromatic sumac are stunning right now in the understory, and the days are crisp and sunny. The asters, I hope so many of these species are being used in horticultural settings for their almost manufactured but native beauty.