Saturday, October 9, 2010
This season is no different. On an unseasonably warm fall afternoon, Joan and I set out on an adventure to capture the early color of the annual fall colors. We didn't have to go far. Trees, in the process of change, dot the landscape all around our home and none of these scenes is farther than five miles away from our front door.
Some trees are tinged on the upper reaches of their branches with the colors that the entire plant will sport within a matter of days. Warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights hurry the colors to the surface of the leaves making the transition a living, breathing creature.
I can be driving along at times and out of the corner of my eye spot some brightly colored tree or bush. My reaction is to pull off the road immediately and take the sight in as though I will never see anything like it again. In a way, the fact is that I won't see that same kind of image again. Each plant, each leaf, like we human beings, is different. Although a tree may have yellow leaves, if you look closely enough, you may notice that on that same tree, perhaps even the same branch, you will see several different shades of that very same yellow. It is a marvel of nature how she paints her creation in such subtle and majestic ways.