Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” While in Cades Cove during early September I came across this one leaf that had landed on a section of split rail fence. It was a beautiful morning with dew glistening on the grass and early enough that we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I looked about for other leaves on the ground and saw a few. For the people who lived here in the 1800’s, these few leaves signaled a change in seasons and the need to lay in provisions for the coming winter. Being able to read nature’s signals was a survival skill in the days before weather forecasters.