Fall Photo Walk: Sugar Maple Peak

The sugar maples are blazing, and I was fortunate enough to capture some of these trees over the weekend. The light was unreliable despite a forecast of full sun all weekend. The wind was not cooperative at times either, which is typical of fall.

Fall Photo Walk, n+1

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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.

My Favorite Ash Tree is Done

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.