The woodland path is already dotted with bright, fallen color.
Looking up for its source, I see a branch of red-orange among the still-green.
The greens predominate, but they've warmed from the cool bright greens of spring and early summer.
The color show begins in early August when the Burning Bush, Euonymus compacta, is tinted red; in another month it will be a flaming crimson.
Ferns are turning gold and brown, with delicate patterns on their fronds.
The leaves and stems of loosestrife (sterile) are now as bright as its flowers were.
Fruit of the rosa rugosa show brilliantly round and glossy. All these color signs, like those of seedheads, announce the end of summer and the coming blaze of fall, before winter's white and gray.