The tip of a branch on our tupelo tree (nyssa sylvatica) suddenly turned the brightest of red. It was almost unsettling amidst all the greenness with autumn still being far ahead. The shimmering colors and the speckled patterns on the leaves are seductive, especially knowing that their appearance is fleeting. This coming week I am eagerly returning to the studio. My mind is brimming with ideas and I am looking forward to attending to my idle projects as well as embarking on new ones. Longing to get back to work is a wonderful thing.