Now With More Fall Color!
The fall colors in our yard continue to amaze, as you can see here. While the pine tree is still green (hence the name “evergreen”), the sweetgum tree has turned a lovely shade of yellow orange. And the grass is starting to be more yellow, too. And the sky is still nice and blue, a bonus of these cooler days without any haze.
More on that sweetgum tree in just a minute, too, because it is fascinating to me.
All the Colors
This stand of trees on the other side of the horse pasture fence has all of the colors in it. Yellow, orange, brown a little red, and a good bit of green. And if you were to get up close to some of those trees, you would even see a little bit of dark purple, too.
Isn’t God’s creation amazing sometimes? And to think that during the summer all of these trees are “just” green. Not that there is anything wrong with that, of course. I love summer. But I sometimes forget about the different varieties of trees until this time of year when they are all different colors.
A Sweet Sweetgum
Here are a few closer looks at the sweetgum tree. In this view, you can see that the leaves are not just yellow, but also some are red and orange, too. All of those colors come from just one tree! Many of the leaves are on the ground now, as was seen in this earlier photo, but there are still quite a few on the tree, too. If we were leaf-raking people, it would not do much good to rake leaves now, because there will be lots more later on.
Looking up into the tree, we can see all of those colors again. I like the bits of blue peeking through the places where the leaves have already fallen. For this somewhat abstract photo, I was standing directly next to the trunk and looking straight up, in case you were wondering. And if you know the saying “Never look straight up at a bird,” you will know I was glad there was not a bird straight overhead at this time.
Here is one more sweetgum look. The sunlight provided backlighting for the leaves here. That showed off the array of colors even more. And this view gives a better look at the branches, too, adding just one more color to the mix. This photo might almost look upside-down, except for the top branches of a crape myrtle at the lower right.
I will close with one more look down the driveway. If you want, compare it with similar views in the Part 1 post and the Part 2 post. I like seeing the change from one time to the next. Each of these photos was taken a week or two apart, just to give you an idea of the time frame.
I can’t say for sure if this is the last post in this series. As the leaves fall, there are obviously not as many of them. But they are still there, so there might be at least one more post for comparison.
Fall colors are beautiful, and I have enjoyed sharing them here!
And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:21
About the Photos
As I mentioned in the previous post, I almost waited for a cloudy day to take these photos. And in fact, the very next day after I took these was a completely cloudy day. But I stayed with the blue sky for another round here. There is just something beautiful about the blue of the sky during this time of year.
I did increase the color saturation slightly in these, just to bring out the fall colors a little more. But otherwise, everything looks pretty much like it did in real life that day. It is hard to improve on all of that beauty.
Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Aurora HDR. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Date: November 9, 2020
Location: Home, Williston, Tennessee