AUTUMN BEGINNINGS

OCTOBER 9, 2013

Autumn is a time of year I approach with great enthusiasm, especially here in Pennsylvania, which actually

has more colors than any other place on the planet (yeah, I just read an article about that).  The famous

New England colors are based on 74 species of trees, the majority of which are maples.  They, of course,

can give brilliant color.  Pennsylvania, though, has native to it 134 species of trees and when it has a good

autumn, it is spectacular indeed.  I tend to rate autumns on a scale of 1 to 10.  Last autumn was a 10 as

can clearly be seen by the photo albums here from then.  The autumn of 2011, alas, was barely a 1, and

terribly frustrated me, photographically-speaking.  This autumn, also alas, is shaping up to be a 2 1/2 or

a 3 at best. Drat!  There is still much yet to turn, but I can tell from the way the maples are going that they

are going to be pretty much a bust as their leaves are simply crisping and browning more often than not,

with only an occasional brilliant tree.  I was out and about yesterday and I had to search hard to find

anything to photograph and much of that depended on the degree of sunlight.  This is my 6th autumn in

this house now and I know the area really well.  I know if I go down this road that on the right are three

maples that should turn glorious yellow, that on this particular oak, that one low branch over there turns

red way before any of the rest of the tree does, that the lower left section of this maple turns yellow while

the rest of the tree is still green.  I know where to look.  I know what things can be and when they are not

what they can be. Sigh.  I like to pay detailed attention all year, every year, to what nature is doing around

me.

Sassafras at the end of our dead end...I'm two houses down from that

Same sassafras

Wild dogwood beside that sassafras

I'm standing in our front yard here, looking through our purple plum at a sassafras at the base of the Felix Forest

The Felix Forest across the street from my house is starting to turn.  It's all poplars with a low belt of sassafras.

Sumac flames

This is Silvas Road that I like and that I travel all the time. This is also where the deer and I had an unfortunate encounter Sept. 20th.

I actually quite like when some leaves have turned on a branch and others have not.  This oak shows promise.

An exceptional maple for this year...same tree below, too

I find myself really drawn nowadays to the tip ends of branches because they tend to be very artistic and please my eye.

Hmmmm?

I didn't take this one because of the color but merely because I liked the leaves.

It just may be a good year for oakish color!

This is the road on the far side of the Felix Forest.  I've always left a little white car to go prowling but now I leave a little red car.

From that far curve to where I was standing to take this shot, the 15 pictures above this and the 7 below were all taken.  Doesn't

look like that would be possible from just looking at this picture with the car, but I did find those 22 pictures right along here.

I've been really pleased with the oaks.  In a year of 3, they seem to be a 10.

Poplar.  You can see what I mean by the leaves not doing well.  These should be a clear yellow.

Dogwood with light shining through...

Red maple

More dogwood

I love sweet gums because of how many different colors the same branch can have.  This one is just starting to turn.

The pines are shedding needles in great quantities right now.  I liked the autumnal look of this one.

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