Hillsides mounded with brilliantly colored trees are quickly fading to brown, and only a few days after reaching peak fall color. Today the skies were gray with increasing clouds, muting what hues remain. Drifts of fallen foliage litter streets and sidewalks. Tonight and tomorrow wind-driven rain is expected, promising to strip trees of their robes. Winter is still a month off and fall, it seems, was too briefly here. We’re sorry to see the leaves leave.