The Leaves are Falling Down

Prime, autumn leaf color has come and gone. There are still some leaves hanging on the trees, but many species have already dropped theirs, although in some areas where sunlight is sparse, color changes are still happening. I fear this may be my last blog post with colorful leaf images. The weather will be turning bad quickly, with lots of rain and wind in the forecast. What leaves are left hanging will probably be blown off.

I visited Point Defiance Park this week and walked through the Japanese garden area, my favorite spot in the park during the autumn season. The Japanese Maples were all but bare, with mostly withered leaves hanging on, as you can see below.

Other Maple varieties still had some showing power, while others were still green.

What I really was interested in was to see if the Ginkgo leaves had turned their golden yellow. I was not disappointed in the least.

It’s always fun to look down at the ground and find all kinds of colorful leaf species mixed together. I like to just randomly take pictures of them.

Here’s a shot I couldn’t resist: two, red Maple leaves hanging at the end of a bare branch.

Also in the garden I came across this large, leafy plant that had just started blooming. I don’t know the name of it, but the blooms are very interesting looking, almost like little starbursts.

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Autumn Leaves and Gnarly Branches

Late October is this year’s best time to view autumn’s peak performance in the color department in my area. Some foliage has already dropped their leaves, leaving branches bare, while others have not quite fully morphed into their deepest autumn colors. This is Mother Nature’s way of extending her color performance for us as long as possible.

One of the best places to capture colors of the autumn season is in a Japanese garden. If your local area has one, take the time to visit. These gardens are magnificent in color this time of year, and are prime material for the nature photographer. A modest sized garden usually has various species of Japanese Maples that exhibit the best samples of autumn color, anywhere. Not only color, but form and structure, as the images below will tell.

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Fuchsia Beauty

I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of some colorful Fuchsias I came across this week. They are one of the few flowers that are still blooming. They last quite a long time around here throughout the fall season, until it gets too cold for them. I enjoy them while I can, when out for a walk in the garden parks.

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Bonsai Autumn Colors

Today I visited the Pacific Bonsai Museum, located in Federal Way, Washington. It is my first time visiting during the autumn season, when the leaves are at their peak color. Needless to say, I was very impressed! So many of the bonsai exhibits have colorful foliage right now. I highly recommend a visit. To learn more about the open-air museum, visit their website I have linked above. If you have the time, watch the short video on the site.  It has some fantastic drone photography of the museum and surrounding area. To whet your appetite, below are a few photos that may inspire you to visit the museum.

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Colors of the Season

As we get deeper in October, the seasonal colors are deepening as well. I would say that my area’s autumn colors are at their peak. We’ve had a few days of above average temps and sunny weather, and today I took advantage of the situation and paid another visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located in Federal Way, WA. I paid a lot of attention to detail along my nature walk in the garden. There’s so many colors to see with each step at this time of year. So with that being said, here are images I captured of lots of plant species in various stages of their autumn display.

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