They do spin and pirouette in a gusty autumn breeze, and I liked this reference to a rag blown in the wind.

‘One only leaf upon the top of a tree – the sole remaining leaf – danced round and round like a rag blown in the wind.’  7 March 1798

Source: Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, ed. and introduction by Pamela Woof (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2008 (2002)), p. 149

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