While everyone's waiting for the North Shore maple trees and birch trees to turn out glorious reds and yellows, the wildflowers are putting on their own fall color show. There hasn't been a real frost yet, so the little growing things are still healthy and strong.
Asters and goldenrods always bloom late in the year, but this year they're hanging in later than normal. I took the poodle out for a walk on the Piedmont ski trails this morning. While the trees had only just started to turn, the colors within the forest were spectacular. As the ferns and shrubs turn red behind them, these gorgeous arrangements decorate the forest floor.
Of course, nothing says fall colors like a maple leaf on the ground. But those red maple leaves have some serious competition early in the North Shore color season.