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Fall colors have already peaked and mostly passed along the Rim Road.

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A shaggy dog, golden leaf tale

“I need a Living,” says Tom, my beloved editor. “Guess you shouldn’t have spent your whole life in newspapers,” I say sympathetically. “No. I need a feature, for the Living page.”

Right. Write a story. Fall color. East Verde. Cottonwoods. Sycamores. The usual suspects. Except I just wrote about cottonwoods two weeks ago. And I got all gushy last fall about red and yellow leaves, bereft of chlorophyll but high on leftover yellow carotenoids and red anthocyanins. So now I gotta come up with something fresh. Besides, Lobo needs a walk.


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