The dry weather has brought hints of fall color early this year. Among them is tulip tree. As always, it is starting to turn from the inside out: a sprinkling of pure gold leaves deep within the still clear green leaves hints at the turning season. The tulip trees are a green silver underside early in the year, but now they are going gold. It is the reverse of its early flowers: those votive candles are lit all over the tips of the branches. Now, the light has retreated, burning brightly within the tree.
Or so a poet would have it.
The botanist would note that those are likely the most stressed leaves and thus turn first!