Sunday, September 20, 2009

First Day of Autumn


The state tree of Wisconsin is the Sugar Maple. They are usually the first to turn color in the fall and this year is no different. In recent years, some of these maples are subject to a blight which makes them turn a paler color and lose their leaves early. This photo shows an example of this - where instead of a bright orange-red, they are a washed out pinkish-gold with green veins. Still very pretty against the darker green background foliage. Note, however, that the leaf stems still display the bright red color.

4 comments:

Jacob said...

So pretty. I do miss the change of seasons a great deal...not so much what fall leads to...but the colors!

MJ said...

That's the beauty of pictures... you can see the change, without having to experience the pesky 7 months of gray, cold weather that follows!

Daily Chicago Photo said...

The blight causes these leaves to look so interesting - almost like an X-ray - reversing the colors.

EverydayMe said...

I too miss the change of colors... although I would rather be here than there in the winter... so I'll just enjoy the beauty from afar... thanks for sharing!!!
{{HUGS}} Michelle