Fall and Nature’s Red Fingertips

Fall in New England is beautiful.  Spectacular might be a better word.  Every year is a marvel for children on the playground at school.  We have maple trees.  They turn bright red and orange.  This year was different.  The bright colors clustered in groups.

Here is the most interesting thing- the tips of every maple leaf have turned red, as if they have painted nails.  I have never seen such distinct red color at the tips of the leaf.

Today we finished reading Charlotte’s Web, our first chapter reading book of the year.  Yes, I had a lump in my throat.  I often think about the author, E.B. White.  He noticed everything.  I wonder if he saw maple leaves with painted fingers.  I wonder if he saw clusters of bright colors in maple trees.  His words ring true:

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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78 Responses to Fall and Nature’s Red Fingertips

  1. beth says:

    wow, how incredibly beautiful and interesting what the color is doing!

  2. Brenda says:

    That is lovely. Enjoy the fall/autumn colours. I have heard they’re the best in New England. I love autumn here but one day I should travel to see all the splendor of a New England fall

  3. Ritu says:

    Love this, Jennie 💛

  4. Fabulous images Jennie, And you painted your own beautiful images with your words here Jennie..
    You see the Wonder in so many things… ❤ ❤ ❤

  5. joylennick says:

    Autumn: an opened box of jewels…Beautiful, thank you. Will always remember the Fall of 1957 as we were living in Toronto, Canada then.
    Jewelled leaves;
    dampened eaves,
    misty morns
    and hazy suns.
    ‘Glistening’ cars
    and sudden puddles;
    a need for sleeves
    and morning snuggles…
    Crisp, sharpened walks;
    nostalgic talks,
    steaming soups and warm citrus fruits.
    So many reasons to
    fall in love with the Autumn season.
    Joy xx

    • Jennie says:

      My goodness, this is beautiful! Thank you, Joy. You really captured fall. This poem is the same today in New England as it was in 1957 in Toronto. I’m glad you had that wonderful experience.

  6. Darlene says:

    The trees are gorgeous. I noticed intense colours when in Canada recently. Just love it when nature provides visual entertainment! I also love the EB White quote. Wonder is everywhere!

    • Jennie says:

      Those intense colors are a treat to see. I’m glad you saw Canada’s! I feel the same way you do, Darlene. It is a vision! E.B. White’s quote is the best, wonder is everywhere!

  7. I am going to take those words with me today as I am birding.

    Those red tips and clusters are beautiful!

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you’re taking those words with you. They are always ‘there’ when I see something remarkable or that catches my eye in nature. I’ve never seen those red tips before, so that was a big wow!

  8. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Please enjoy this wonderful post from Jennie, the extraordinary teacher!

  9. beetleypete says:

    You are lucky to have such wonderful colours, Jennie. Everything here in Beetley is still a dull green.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. Beautiful colors all around this time of year, and that quotation from White couldn’t be more relevant right now. There are wonderous images all around us, and we should slow down a bit and take the time to enjoy them all.

  11. Magnetic and beautiful autumn colours. Too good 👍🏼👍🏼

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I have also noted that odd phenomenon of clusters of leaves and tips of leaves. In general the colors are more muted, more russet than bright red. Here the oranges have been brilliant–though in patches.

  13. Oh, the wonder of it all! 🍂

  14. Lovely view of the trees. Thanks, Jennie.

  15. quiall says:

    I love to witness the changing of the seasons. Each one has its own special beauty. Just like Charlotte.

  16. Our maples are doing the same thing. Unusual . . .

  17. Amazing photos! Loving the colors this year….very vibrant. Never seen red on tips before, but I am going to look while I walk this week

  18. petespringerauthor says:

    I love finding a tree that is in the middle of transitioning with multiple colors simultaneously. I think that adds to their beuaty.

  19. Always have our eyes open to wonder! Those red tipped green leaves so interesting.

  20. Ana Daksina says:

    Forwarding your final quote to my readers with thanks to you 🙏

  21. Norah says:

    Beautiful, Jenni. A wonderful observation and reflection on a great author.

  22. Beautiful autumn photos, Jennie. We have color here in Oregon, but not quite the same as New England maples. Ah, Charlotte’s Web and EB White. What a wonderful way to start the school year. Hugs.

  23. bosssybabe says:

    Beautiful pics! Nature’s crayons!

  24. dgkaye says:

    Gorgeous fall colors, looks the same in my neck of the woods. 🙂 xx

  25. MajestyPTC says:

    Those trees are beautiful!!!

  26. Hi Jennie, how interesting that the leaves are red in clusters and at their tips. I haven’t noticed that with our trees. They go completely multicoloured uniformly.

  27. eunice says:

    The pictures makes it stunning.

  28. The colors of fall are so wonderful, and if like here the temperatures currently around 15 degrees (C) i love this period of time much more. 🙂 xx Michael

  29. So effervescently graciously beautiful, indeed. Heartiest thanks for your valuable sharing.

    Thanks, Regards

  30. These are incredible pictures you took! I like how into the season you are. You actually gave me a few ideas that I could use going forward with the rest of this season. Thanks for sharing!

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