Fall leaves in Saubhegan River in Wilton, N.H. Robert Harbison / The Christian Science Monitor
Pokeweed plants glow in the late aftenoon sun. The stems, berries, and leaves turn purple in the fall. Followers of President James Polk wore pokeweed twigs during their candidate's election campaign, mistakenly believing that the plant was named for him. John Nordell / The Christian Science Monitor
Leaves fall onto a pine tree at The Flume in New Hampshire. Melanie Stetson Freeman / Staff
Clockwise from top: a tomato, a peach, and a plum. These fruits display colors similiar to tree leaves when they turn color in the fall. John Nordell / The Christian Science Monitor
Pumpkins for sale at Carlson Orchards, in Harvard, Mass. Melanie Stetson Freeman / Staff
Draft horses graze in a pasture at River Bend Farm as the trees in the background start to display their fall colors. River Bend Farm is in Harmonyville, Townshend, Vt. John Nordell / The Christian Science Monitor
Leaves from a willow tree dangle at Boston's Public Garden. The green in the background is the reflection of the sun striking another willow tree across a pond. Willow trees are some of the earliest trees to start turning green in the spring – and then they stay green until late fall. John Nordell / The Christian Science Monitor
Leaves on a bush explode in reds and greens in Tilton, N.H. Melanie Stetson Freeman / The Christian Science Monitor
A seasonal worker from Jamaica harvests apples. Carlson Orchards in Weston, Mass., makes apple cider every fall using a mix of different types of apples harvested from their fields which they say is the secret to their dark cider. Melanie Stetson Freeman / Staff
Seeds from butterfly weed pods emerge to wait for the wind to carry them to a new location where they may become plants themselves. The plant, with lance-shaped, dark-green leaves and clusters of brilliant orange-red flowers, are planted in gardens to attract butterflys. Its seed cases resemble the common milkweed, but are smaller and prized for dried flower arrangements. John Nordell / The Christian Science Monitor
A bush displaying its fall berry finest, on the banks of the Taunton River in Bridgewater, Mass. John Nordell / The Christian Science Monitor
The yellow of fall leaves reflects in the West River on a crisp autumn day in Londonderry, Vt. John Nordell / The Christian Science Monitor
Bare trees glow in afternoon light in Newport, Maine. Even after leaves fall from trees in the autumn months, beauty can still be found. Mary Knox Merrill / The Christian Science Monitor
The Iraqi Kurds have agreed to send fighters to help Kobane fend off the Islamic State. Critics say Turkey’s foot-dragging on the siege alienated its allies.
ByAlexander Christie-Miller, Correspondent
The decision by Iraq’s Kurdish regional government to send fighters with heavy weapons to reinforce the beleaguered Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane is offering hope to its defenders, who have been holding off fighters from the self-declared Islamic State in a 37-day siege.