First leaf of autumn

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Black gum or tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) always begins to turn color in late July or early August here in central Pennsylvania, though it won’t reach its peak until September. This leaf cups water from last night’s thunderstorm, which is probably also what stripped it from the tree.

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