I didn’t have to go to a dam or a park. I just stood on our damp, slightly rainy deck and took a few pictures. We don’t get brilliant autumn here because brilliant autumn requires maple trees. Sugar maple trees, actually. They are the ones that turn scarlet, then golden.

Oaks turn dark green, bronze, brown, very dark brown, and fall off. So the bright yellow trees are alder. They turn bright yellow very early, then lose their leaves.

Some of these are sort of painterly. I got creative.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


    1. Raining here too, but it’s the beginning of former hurricane Jose. He’s going to hang around for a few days, so it’s going to be wet for awhile. Hopefully after that, it will be truly autumn. August was dry, so we need the rain.


  1. It still looks like summer to me. There’s a lot of green out there. We’re having a bit of a heat wave here. At least it cools down at night.


  2. I walked under some trees this morning where the leaves that had fallen were either bright, bright red or just plain green. It seemed like a really weird mix, especially since the leaves all looked the same other than the color. I couldn’t figure out why some had changed so vividly, and others hadn’t changed at all…


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