The sun is shining today for the first time in I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG. (ok, maybe it has only been one week. felt like a lifetime.)

This means I could finally see the leaves on the trees…kind of like seeing the forest for the trees, but in reverse. If the forest is still stressful, maybe just focus on how pretty one leaf is.

Anywhim, this is what I have to report on the foliage on the National Mall:

There are beautiful fiery red, gold and orange trees down by the World War II memorial and the Lady Bird Johnson memorial grove.

The large trees on the mall are still at the beginning of their transformation. I estimate they are at about 20 percent golden (what kind of trees are those, anyway? JZ? I know you know).

I think of Marine Corps Marathon weekend as the usual peak for leaf colors in DC. The ‘thon is next weekend, so we’ll see if the trees keep up this year.