Tree-Watching Project: Laying Down Leaves, that Pastime of Fall
November 28, 2012
“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.