THE OAKS OF NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 6, 2013
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Here in Pennsylvania by November, the leaves are pretty much down, but when you look at a line of woodlands
and see color like in the top pictures below, you know they are oaks. It's an easy way to see where the oaks are,
how many of them there are. So today I drove around again, not far from where I live, seeing what I could find
of the oaks of November, mostly closer up than the top several pictures. The oaks are the last to give way to
winter and also the last to trust that spring has actually come. I took every single one of these pictures on these
two pages out the windows of my car.
I really like when the oaks keep the color going like they can. You can look at otherwise bare woods and there the oaks are.
As I'm driving, I pause the car for the barest split second to frame a shot, so everything has to be done very quickly with no time to ponder
what looks best. I see it and take it and then move on.
Sometimes it's the trunks and branches themselves that catch my eye and lead to a picture.
This oak on the right has a companion on its left, a wild euonymous, that when domesticated is called a burning bush and is trimmed into
balls of flaming red. This one was a much lighter color than usual.
The small oaks that grow on the banks along the roadsides lend themselves to interesting shots with trunks and roots
This doesn't have all that many leaves, but I just liked the arrangement of the trunks
This oak above and below, I took through a non-oak, attracted by the color combination
This and the two below...young oaks getting artistic with old trunks
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