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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Autumn glory of an old sugar maple

Acer saccharum, with yellow fall color


Maple leaves, with brilliant yellow autumn color

The old sugar maple tree in front of the kitchen door is in glorious fall color right now.

Sugar maples have some of the most brilliant autumn colors of all trees. They can be yellow, orange, or red.

The rest of our old sugar maples grow in a row in front of the site of the old log house. They all turn orange. This one grows in a different area of the yard, near the old garden site, and it's the only one that turns yellow.

Standing beneath this tree and appreciating its rich, beautiful color for a few minutes will make any autumn day better.

4 comments -- please add yours:

Chris said...

I think sugar maples are the fall tree. Some trees have good or bad color years based on the weather. I can't recall a year in which Sugar Maples aren't amazing. Even with the awful drought this year, I have seen some beautiful ones already.

Genevieve said...

You are right about sugar maples' color, Chris. This one has been beautiful every fall. I did water it pretty good several times during the extreme drought. It's a valuable tree to us -- it provides a lot of shade -- and I want it to live as long as possible.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

genevieve, what a great autumn photo!!! You see the beauty and awe from underneath the tree also. We're kindred spirits. I looove standing underneath golden or red and peach leaved sugar maples and gazing up.

Autumn takes my breath away.

I'm soooo glad I found your blogs. I'll visit often!!! You're very talented.

Hugs, JJ

Genevieve said...

Thanks for visiting JJ, and thanks for your kind remarks. The photo in this post actually shows one of the tree's main branches, but it is big enough to be a tree trunk! It's an old tree, and it won't be around too many more years, but we're trying to nurse it along.

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