I like seeing the various colors in the landscape as a way of identifying what trees are in our woods. Leaf shape another method of identification. The tree in the photo above is also the tree in the next few photos. The large yellow statement in the woods might lead you to think it is a hickory or maple of some variety. No, closer investigation tell us it is Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua. See the palmated leaf? What a wide range of colors. Love the red shades.
In addition to yellows and reds, Sweetgum also has dark burgundy colors. This one stands out nicely against the yellow of another Sweetgum sapling.
Now we do have Hickories in our woods. There are a few varieties of Hickory, Carya, each showing its bold yellow foliage.
Love how the yellow stands out against the water.
Multiple colors in the woods, showing us that there is bio-diversity in our woods.
Another yellow in the forest is Beech, Fagus grandifolia, with its golds, yellows, bronzes, and soon --beiges. I love the way Beeches seem to glow as they start to lose their green color. It is another tree that you can identify in the fall as it has its multiple shades of yellows. Winter its foliage will be the beigey tan color, remaining on the branches, another identifying feature of the Beech.
In addition to the yellows, there are many reds in the woods. I love the White Oak, Quercus alba, with its russet burgundy reds. It is like a beautifully tanned leather. Just gorgeous.
Remember my Sassafras albidum from a couple days ago? It continues to change, getting more orange and red and coral colored.
Many think of Crepe Myrtles, Lagerstroemia ssp. for their summer bloom color or perhaps its lovely exfoliating bark in the winter. I love its great fall colors.
Some are brighter and more brilliant than others, but, wow, what a presence in the landscape.
I love the colors of fall. The angle of the sun gives an extra warmth and glow to the myriad of color.
My front yard---
And my backyard--
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Enjoy the beauty of nature around you.
While writing this post we had the TV on. A fascinating show on CNN called 'The Next List'- this week's show is about Nalini Nadkarni, a professor and scientist doing tree canopy research. If you have a few minutes to watch it is very interesting.
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