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Autumn colors sizzle in Inner Southeast neighborhoods

Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Golden leaves and football players at Sellwood Park. Autumn came late this year, waiting nearly till November to display her distinctive colors.

Heavy winds blew many leaves off early, but drenching rains made the soil perfect for mushrooms. Several white "fairy rings" sprouted up beneath Reed College trees along S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and in yards all over Inner Southeast.

Elsewhere, multicolored maples strutted their stuff, while golden birch and ginkgo trees gleamed against the sky.

Clerodendrum berries (the leaves smell like peanut butter!) and red bushes punctuated the season with exclamation points. Outdoor wanderers enjoyed the autumn show.

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