Monday, November 7, 2016

Late Fall in the Valley

After my adventure in Niagara, it's time to get back to 'seasons in the valley', as it's now late fall.  The Sugar Maples and White Ash have dropped their leaves, and the forests and fields look bare, but for a final flush of yellow.  The White Birch, the Poplars, and the Tamarack are the last trees to turn yellow and then it's good-bye to fall.

This Silver Maple is right outside our living room window.

The meadow in the back yard has turned to brown, the gardens are put to bed, and the Tamarack offer a bit of yellow in the far corner.

Driving through the valley the forests are bare.

The White Birch (these two in our own yard), have turned yellow and by now have lost most of their leaves.

The Poplars are among the last to turn yellow too, but lots of their leaves are already down.

A few of the smaller Sugar Maple saplings keep their yellow leaves until the last minute.

Only the Red Oaks across the street provide a bit of brownish red.

But it's really the Tamarack that mark the end of fall for me.  They've turned yellow, here on a dull gray day, and will soon lose their needles.  I planted this group deliberately near the back corner of our meadow, just to enjoy this sight every November.






13 comments:

  1. The tamaracks are a particular delight. I was still taking photos of fall colours yesterday, mostly bright yellows.

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  2. The end of fall colour is niear when the tamarack is yellow. So pretty!

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  3. Love the Tamarack (we call them Larches here on the west coast). Yeah, our fall colors are in their "last gasp" phase.

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  4. Aldo Leopold's essay "Smoky Gold" is quite a tribute to the beauty of tamarack (or larch for those who prefer) and of grouse hunting (even though I haven't hunted in 45 years).

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  5. November is about gold and burgundy. (tamarack and oak). Once they tamarack drops it's needles, that's when we figure the snow will start to come in ernest.

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  6. Yes it is fall, love your pictures as usual.

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  7. fall is so colorful!! so many of the leaves in new jersey are on the ground now but i have 2 trees in my backyard that are still green, i think they are maples...it seems they are late this year.

    your images are so beautiful. i am a tree hugger and a fall lover!!!

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  8. Those leaves - such a wonderful colour.

    All the best Jan

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  9. A beautiful last glimpse of fall, still beautiful.

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  10. All still so pretty with or with our leaves I find . Lovely photos . We have a Manitoba maple that's 100+ years old a sugar maple and a white triple trunk Birch that are almost bare now and yup I am still raking up their leaves to this day lol ! The weather so far this month has been wonderful sunny and warm nights a bit chilly but still nice . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  11. the tamaracks are so pretty but then all the trees are pretty in autumn.

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