Tree-Watching Project: Laying Down Leaves, that Pastime of Fall

November 28, 2012

Superimposed maple leaves

“Every blade in the field — every leaf in the forest — lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.  It is the pastime of a full quarter of the year. . . . And what is that pride of our autumnal scenery but the hectic flush — its painted throes — with the November air for canvas?”
—  Henry David Thoreau, “October, or Autumnal Tints”

It’s been a while since I’ve photographed my “adopted” maple trees and willow.  After a few windy, blustery November days, almost all of the willow leaves have fallen.  The maple holds on to its lower leaves, but the upper branches are stripped of leaves.

Last golden maple leaves cling to the tree’s lower branches

My “adopted” maple trees in late November

A lone willow leaf

Fallen willow leaf

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to “Tree-Watching Project: Laying Down Leaves, that Pastime of Fall”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    The willow leaf is a lovely grace note in all the reds, yellows and burgundies. Autumn has her surprises!


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