After a record wet winter, followed by a record dry summer, one can almost feel the forest shudder with delight at the recent cool rains in Cheasty.

The Indian Plum, one of the first to reach for the spring sun, is also one of the first to yellow and start dropping those same eager leaves.  The big leaves of the Big Leaf Maples are drifting down to serve their second duty as they blanket the forest floor.   The sword ferns are growing tired and starting to bed down for winter.

The whole forest seems happy to see the scorching summer come to a close, as it rests and gathers steam for its next spurt of spring growth.