We continued down the trail through the woods. A maple tree was dropping its leaves quickly, covering the trail. I like the pattern of leaves on the ground in the fall.
These leaves were accumulating on the trail in a loose carpet several inches deep.
The trail then emerged in another meadow with a nice view across the river to a footbridge we had crossed on our last visit.
Mrs.F.G. spotted another tree with a large circle of leaves underneath. Off she went to investigate.
The leaves were exactly like Sugar Maple leaves, but the bark certainly wasn't!
It took us a little while after we got home to decipher these, but this was a London Plane Tree, planted as one of a group in the park. The darker leaves in the lower left and upper right are the London Plane tree leaves; the others are Sugar Maples. London Plane trees are native to Europe and widely planted in cities because they can handle the poor air quality. If you've been to London or Paris for example,the boulevards are lined with huge London Plane trees. I haven't see any in North America outside an arboretum.
Very nice fall pictures, and it does my heart good to think of you rolling along these paths. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the wonderful pics and info on the trees, I would have never known.ReplyDelete
There are some down here in the city and someone I knew lived in St David's (part of Niagara on the Lake) and their whole neighborhood had a lot of them. I love the softness of their bark. I guess global warming is allowing them to spread.ReplyDelete
London Plane trees - I know them well. In fact I had one blocking out all the light from the room I had in the school where I worked!ReplyDelete
How many of us would even recognize the difference. I love that you see things I wouldn't.ReplyDelete
The bed of leaves, now that is always something I recognize as a comfortable place to lay down. They look so comfortable and pretty at the same time! Glad you are able to get out with your wheels.
Pretty yellow leaves and I love the foot bridge.ReplyDelete
I would never have noticed the difference in the leaves.
Beautiful golden colours. I imagine those trees must have been deliberately planted there and have done well.ReplyDelete
What pretty leaves!ReplyDelete
There have been a lot of leaves come down the past couple days forming those nice colored leaf beds on the ground. I'm still at the stage where I have trouble telling the difference between a maple leaf and a poplar leaf. I do know the maple leafs have something to do with hockey sticks, Toronto and, pucks though...…..…….ReplyDelete
We have 4 American Sycamore trees in our yard---similar to London Plane--in fact they are related. Interesting huh.ReplyDelete
London Planes and American Sycamores. ... The London Plane is of hybrid origin – it is the offspring of two different species, the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and the Oriental plane (Platanus orientalis), and it is a tree that did not exist prior to European colonization of the new world.
Good research! I love a nature mystery!!!ReplyDelete
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