The Jewel-toned Trees



Rabbit, Raccoon, and Mama Chipmunk all agreed (while discussing the topic over their mid-morning tea and cake) that they had never seen a prettier autumn.


They could not, however, quite decide which was their favorite: the soft early-morning sunshine or the long twilight shadows; or the sky that varied, day by day, from moody gray and cloud-filled to brilliant azure to pale watercolor blue.


They did agree that each day brought something new to marvel at: a perfectly pale, translucent orange leaf; yellow birch leaves falling like snow on a windy day; glossy, rich-brown leaves in the rain; or a bright red tree standing in the sunshine, glowing like a giant ember.


(Mid-November 2023)


Story © Jennifer Singleton / Read+Purr
This is another vignette in my ongoing series of Tiny Garden Stories: peaceful 1-minute tales that let you read like a kid again. Click one of the first two buttons below to go to (or back to, if that’s where you fell down the rabbit hole) either the “Public Garden” archive page or (if you’re a Story Club member) to the members-only “Private Garden” page. Or click the third button to learn more about my Tiny Garden Stories. If you’re new to Tiny Garden Story-land and would like 10 days’ worth of stories from our first year, visit


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