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Today was the day. Every day in August I look out to the Courthouse lawn to see if any of the large leafy deciduous trees have any yellow leaves. When I see my first yellow leaves, I call out to my assistant, “Natalie, come here!” and I point out the very first yellow leaves of the season. She shakes her head at my excitement every year. Today was that day. A small cluster of yellow-green leaves has appeared in about 1 percent of one of those three huge trees. It is the start of something exciting. We are a bit late this year; usually, the first yellow leaf appears around the Ides of August.
The high today in Flagstaff, AZ, was 84 degrees with a low of 52 degrees. But winter is coming! (People in Arizona look forward to winter like folks in Minnesota look forward to summer.) I am positively giddy when we get snow and post happy pictures on Facebook and text pictures of snowflakes to my friends.
The football training camps are in full swing, and football starts the Thursday after Labor Day. Color week in Southwest Colorado is the last week of September. Color week in Flagstaff, at 7,000 feet, is the first two weeks of October. Color week in Tucson is early December, and in Phoenix is in late December. Soon we will have the blur of holidays from October through Presidents Day. (No emergency court hearings can be scheduled during legal holidays, so I am out of here!)
Winter is coming! And all is well with the world.