Driving into town last week, I was amazed by the least chipmunk activity. Darting back and forth across the road with cheeks bulging, they were carrying great quantities of seeds and berries into their dens for winter food.
In addition, like careless children at a picnic, it looked like they had splashed yellow mustard all along the road. These splashes of yellow were wildflowers for it is the color of autumn. Between the house and Safeway, I was able to identify as least six different yellow wildflowers without even getting out of the car.