Fall Comes to French Creek
Fall came early to French Creek this year. The leaves began to turn back in mid-September, about a week earlier than past years. All along the 22 mile course of the creek the trees were aglow with yellow, red, green, and brown.
The peak of the color is mid-October. However, the French Creek valley is ablaze for a couple of weeks on either side, so folks can enjoy a month of color. By early November, however, the greens are replaced with yellow and brown on the few leaves remaining.
The masses of brown still look attractive on the hillsides around the creek.
But two weeks later, the pageant of fall is gone. "When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang/ Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,/Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang."
And Fall leaves French Creek.