Fall has made an early arrival this year. Virginia creeper (shown above) and poison ivy are the first to blaze in color here in west central Ohio.
Here is some poison ivy that’s made an impressive climb up a maple tree:
I spotted a fallen branch in a prairie crowded with goldenrod. This branch looks like a long-legged man hiking:
The fall asters are in bloom. Leaf season is definitely upon us.
This morning I headed toward downtown by the Ottawa River. There’s no denying that fall is upon us, even though its official start is more than a week away.
The trees that sustain the most direct sunlight are starting to change color. I also spotted a stray ginger cat sitting beside a walking bridge that spans the river:
While he lingered long enough for me to take a few pictures of him, he made himself scarce whenever I tried to get closer than five paces from him.
I really adore leaf season. If only it could last long enough to crush the harshness of winter.
With cool temperatures at hand, the El Niño conditions are ending that dampened the beginning of our fall foliage season. Now we’re in the midst of the pre-peak delay, when the trees are on the verge of blazing but dim light, blustery winds, and rain prevent good captures of these changes.
I did have the chance to take a fall photo walk last weekend, and my busy week did not allow posting more of these pictures until now.
The forecast for this weekend is looking very promising, with full sun and temperatures in the 50’s. I hope to capture all the rich colors of the leaves during their predicted peak this weekend.
Ash trees peak early during leaf season; they are almost bare by the time the red maples change color. There is a grove of ash trees I’ve been visiting each fall for the past ten years. I love this particular set of trees because some of their leaves were at eye level, allowing me to capture the subtle differences in the colors of their leaves. Last year I thought I missed them because the trees were already bare by the time I visited them. This year I went to them early and realized that the trees had stopped growing leaves at all. They must have been a casualty of the emerald ash borer problem in Ohio.
I’m glad I was able to get the picture above two years ago. Despite that I’d been hearing about the emerald ash borer for several years, I didn’t consider that those particular trees would be gone because of them.
I’ve taken pictures of buildings that were later demolished. I did not anticipate that I’d be taking pictures of natural things that would become defunct, too.
Ash trees have been more uncommon in Ohio because of emerald ash borer. I took this picture a couple years ago. I had hoped to get more pictures of this tree during this fall, but the tree grew no leaves this year.