I thought, "do the leaves change THAT fast here?". Then I remembered that I hadn't seen any brown trees or bushes in my neighourhood.
Then as I walked along the cliff I found another oddity.
The cliff edge had been flipped back on itself. What you see is the "after" (above) and I think the "before" would look like the shot below.
So I pondered on the brown leaves and flipped back sod and came up with EARL ! Earl was the Category 1 hurricane that visited us two weeks ago.
Of course ! Salt spray fired inland with great power and hence the brown leaves were the result of "salt burn". And the flipped back sod is a concrete demonstration of the amazing power of the wind.
This tangled collection of lobster traps were blown up by Earl.
Naughty Earl !