Monday, September 11, 2017

Changing Seasons

The transition from late summer to early fall is a gradual one, and seems to vary every year depending on the weather.  The cool evenings and cold nights, and the early reports of frost around here certainly suggest summer is over.  And down in the swamps you can now find lots of colour in the trees.

You should know me by now - I'm just a magpie, the brightest colours (like red) appeal the most to me.

Most of the trees in the swamps are just starting to look more yellow than green, along with some that are dark purple.

These leaves are the classic shape of Red Maple, one of the two most common maples in the swamps.

These leaves reveal it to be a Silver Maple, the leaves more deeply dissected.  It loves the swamps too, and those two species hybridize, but they all turn colour in the fall.

Every now and then though, I'm finding a Sugar Maple along the roadside that has decided summer is over.  Few and far between yet, but soon they'll all be changing.

Sometimes it's just one branch on a tree.  This little patch of red leaves has been staring at me through the living room window for two weeks.

The evergreens don't change so obviously, but I do think there are some pretty heavy seed and cone crops on many of our Cedars and Spruce.

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17 comments:

  1. beautiful colors, our leaves have not begun to change yet but our nights are very cool!!

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  2. Wow, fall colors already! I too love the reds.

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  3. I wonder why so many cones this year. Ours is doing that too in MI.

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  4. Our colors usually change in mid-October. Of course, this year could be different.

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  5. lovely! it's Spring here but I miss those colours.

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  6. I have been noticing heavy cone laden evergreen trees as well. September and October have always been my favorite months and I always love this time of year now that the heat and humidity are gone. Bug free air as well.

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  7. Love the all the fall colours, and fresh cooler air.

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  8. Hello, we are starting to see some colors around here too. Seems early to me, I am not ready for summer to leave. Enjoy your day!

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  9. It is beautiful to see these changes but I am melancholy at the same time. Summer didn't seem to happen up here this year and now that it feels like summer, it is coming to an end. Thank you for sharing the beauty!

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  10. Very fine reds and blue, blue sky. Lovely! :-)

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  11. The Autumn colors are wonderful! This is my favorite time of the year

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  12. Your trees are ahead of ours with the colour change, FG.

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  13. Oh I like that first picture. Beautiful red and blue colors.

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  14. Beautiful shots!

    The transition is underway here too- I saw some fall colours in late August.

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  15. The colors are slowly changing here in New England but are nit yet at peek. Soon, the leaf peepers incouding ourselves will be out and about to see the colors.

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  16. I like the reds, too. Mixed with the bright yellows and oranges with some green mixed in makes for a dramatic landscape.

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