Fall color 3

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 8 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Another mosaic of color. The tree is an Eastern redbud tree, Cercis canadensis. Along the shaded trunk (image left) is a Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, also known as the five-finger or five leaf ivy. This ivy grows readily in this area, its vines reaching 20 feet long. In the right spot, it turns lovely reds and oranges in Fall. Redbud trees grow about 20 to 25 feet tall. Along the branches in Spring, tiny fuchsia flowers provide a brilliant and welcome early display. In the fall, the heart-shaped leaves turn golden, as you see here. During summer, brown seed pods, similar to pea pods, fall all over the place and with consistent moisture, they will sprout prolifically. If you have one healthy tree, eventually you will have many. Same with Virginia creeper...one vine spied in Spring and whoosh! You can be tripping over them where you least expect them. Nature can take over very quickly--bricks and concrete do not have a chance!

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Twojays from United States

Lovely sidelit sunny image of Fall life, and appreciate the information too. Thanks Karla.

8 Oct 2011 5:33pm

@Twojays: Thanks for the comment. I appreciate that!

franz from Baden, Austria

lovely backlight, very attractive! interesting and knowledgeable info! (i had virginia creepers around half of my house - till wife and son insisted i take it out because of the bees that were always buzzing around and scaring them ... ;-))

8 Oct 2011 6:03pm

@franz: Oh no, the "bee" problem! :)) My creeper population is confined to a fence a distance from the house, so any bees on it are not in the way. There are other plants, though, along the back walk next to the house that tend to make some people rather cautious as they approach the back door. Just takes some getting used to, as bees generally do not care about humans walking about. Children must be taught how to approach a bee, of course, and those who have allergies must be very cautious. The fear of bees is a concern, however, since bees of all kinds are very useful pollinators and there is an unfortunate tendency in America to kill insects willy-nilly.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Beautiful and vibrant autumnal color palette. There is so much to see here!

8 Oct 2011 6:55pm

@Arnd: Thanks, Arnd, for commenting! The leaves and sunlight at that moment were quite perfect. I was doing yard work and looked up and saw the light through the trees. I ran and brought the camera out and for the next 15 minutes was busy photographing. I did not finish the yard work that day! ;)

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Beautiful light coming through those leaves.

10 Oct 2011 3:52pm

@Anita: Thanks!! The color this Fall in the yard is remarkable. I am usually looking elsewhere for the little spots that strike me, but this year, fortunately, it seems to be in my own back yard. The other fortunate thing is that photographing butterflies and doing yard work have brought me outside at good times to see the light, so to speak. ;) Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... What a superb capture... The lightning is amazing ! Well done ! Have a lovely day :)

10 Oct 2011 4:26pm

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara, for the visit and comment!! The lighting did not last long, so I was glad to have seen the moment and been able to grab the camera.

joemulligan from United States

beautiful light in these leaves...

13 Oct 2011 9:44pm

@joemulligan: Thanks, Joe! Thanks for the comment and your visit. I need to get back to visiting everyone's blogs...I was busy with a project, but that is now finished.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The angle of dappled light in autumn is very pleasing. My favorite colors are the various shades of yellows and oranges. Mosaic is a good way to describe this image.

27 Oct 2011 9:43am