|Fall Garden Color 2013|
This fall is showing one of the most beautiful displays of color I have seen in years. This must be attributed to the combination of steady temperatures that have been holding in the upper 60's and low 70's with beautiful blue skies, relatively dry days and the lack of significant wind to bring the leaves down. The fall foliage is brilliant with color. As I was driving home at dusk I was in awe of how the colors were intensified by the light and I knew I had a limited window to capture some quick photographs. I managed to get outside with my camera just in time right before the sun set. It seemed like the colors of the foliage reached peak almost overnight and I didn't want to lose the moment but rather catch the moment in time.
Here are a few quick photos of the changing fall colors. Here is Astilbe and Stachys (Lamb's Ear).
The fiery orange-red of this Spirea 'Gold Flame' has reached peak and is living up to its name.
Here is another view of the The Lamb's Ear which suddenly looks brighter and more pronounced in front of the Astilbe. The colors have intensified dramatically.
As the sun was starting to set I took these photos of the Knock Out Roses and Butterfly Bush. I just took photos of these a couple of days ago for Bloom Day in bright sunlight but there is something magical about the lighting just before sundown that makes the colors come alive.
There was no breeze to mention so I was able to capture the Yaku Jima grasses standing tall in the calm of the evening.
Standing out in my front yard gazing down the street I could see an array of reds, oranges and shades of golden-green behind my Red and Green Japanese Maples...
and the autumn foliage of the Ash a bright yellow. As the foliage turns hue and is destined to drop to the ground...
the beauty of nature is evident now. Enjoy the beauty of the fall season.
“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.”
William Cullen Bryant
As Always...Happy Gardening and Happy Fall!