Monday, October 23, 2006

Some fall color

It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so I took advantage of the good weather to wander outside and snap some pictures of the fall foliage. Both of these pictures were taken on my street.

Western Oregon is a bit odd, in that most of our native trees are evergreens. Consequently the best place to see fall colors is not on a winding country road somewhere, but in the cities where deciduous trees are planted.

The golden one on the left is a ginkgo; they're supremely beautiful in fall. Someone ought to make thin, hammered gold coins shaped like ginkgo leaves. I'm not sure what the other type of tree is -- an elm, maybe? -- but our street is lined with them.

Another example of tree whose species I don't recognize (probably a maple -- thanks, Tara). This beautiful tree is just next to my mailbox, so when goodies from the SOSF arrive, they pass beneath this tree!

9 comments:

tlawwife said...

I'm jealous of anyone with pretty trees. We don't have many trees and the ones we do have mainly just turn brown.

Soozcat said...

When I lived in the Bay Area of California, most of the trees turned brown. I didn't believe autumn leaves really came in colors like this until I moved away from California.

tlc illustration said...

It was a good idea to take a pictures today - I didn't notice that it was supposed to rain until after dark....

Your second picture looks like a maple (there are many different varieties of maple out here). I'm doubtful the other tree is an elm - most elms in the country have died from an imported disease that has killed 95% of them. Bummer.

Caty said...

Beautiful colours! Love those trees!

SombraKnight said...

I LOVE those tree colors! Beautiful!

Soozcat said...

Glad you enjoy these, folks. They're even better in person, I've got to say.

I think I may do a little regression to kindergarten and make some crayon rubbings of the leaves tomorrow.

tlc illustration said...

If you DO do rubbings of the leaves, we'll be able to identify your trees for sure! :-)

natural attrill said...

Hello again, what amazing colours!
Penny.

Chesno Slova said...

Probably an Autumn Blaze or another hybrid of Red Maple (Acer rubrum). There are so many varieties/hybrids of that species that it is hard to keep them straight. I have no less than 4 (hybrids, not individual trees) on my lot alone.