The first phoebe is finally back, chanting his name in the barnyard. Marcescent leaves of a scarlet oak glow orange, back-lit by the sun.


  1. “Marcescent” – what a useful word! I learnt Latin at school and later studied horticulture but I didn’t know this one. I’m enjoying the mental picture as well as the vocab-enhancement. Thank you.

    1. Thanks! I tend to prefer simple words, but there’s no other word with that meaning, so “marcescent” it had to be.

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