Pics of Canada had all sorts of hints and notions as to what Fall colors would be like in Eastern Canada in 2011. But there was no real conviction except for some degree of colorful. The heavy rains and warm weather in August and September suggested a long Autumn; however the colors could have turned out doleful- a sad intro into the long Canadian Winter. However, ye Editor is pleased to report that this Fall’s light and color show has been most intriguing.
The leaf gloss has been very sassy this year
Heavy rains and high winds brought out the early turncoats – brazen red ashes, yellow hickories, and light orange sumac . But the same weather also ripped the first round of color from the trees well before Thanksgiving day. The second round saw the maples and elms do their spectacular Fall Moulin Jaune et Rouge dance- and this time the leaves lasted a bit longer. But the big surrpise were the oaks this year. Here is what most people expect from the oaks in the Fall:
The usual Oak = Drab leaves
But in fact the Oaks just took their time and produced some fancy colors this year. Perhaps because the acorns were not due until next year. Whatever the reason, Oaks put on a spectacular show:
The colors and their variations were quite novel for most Autumn time viewing of Oaks. Yet some trees having a virtual painters palette of vivid tinges and hues to choose from. In fact, the colors have been so compelling, ye Editor found himself working double and triple overtime trying to match the Nature’s imagination this Fall. Here are some attempts to capture the colored fun this Fall:
But this was not all, some of the aspen , maples, and elders held onto their leaves, especially in the woods protected from the Winds – and so a bursts of beauty were to be found on hikes in the Northumberland Hills. A second posting will show some of these “late Fall bloomers”.