The Pacific Northwest is being hammered by our first November windstorm, along with plenty of rain. Any weak leaves left on trees will, no doubt, be ripped off before all is said and done. Fortunately for me, I had the foresight to get out one last time to photograph the last of the autumn leaves the day before the storm. I had wanted to return to the beautiful Bloedel Reserve located on Bainbridge Island to view the autumn colors in the Japanese garden. The previous time I had visited, the Japanese Maple trees had not yet turned their flaming colors. I lucked out this time. They were gorgeously colored, but truly on the way out. It was cold within the forest area and the light was very dim and grey—not the best photographing conditions. Nevertheless, I was happy to have visited at this time. The following images were taken around the Japanese garden pond area.
I came across some interesting mushroom finds. Here is an orange species I found.
And then I came across an astonishing find of a huge cluster of mushrooms I had never come across before. These were found along the one of the forest paths in the reserve. Even one of the reserve volunteers exclaimed that she had never seen such an abundance of mushrooms before. I spent quite some time photographing them. Here’s a few images.
I took careful notice of all the flora in the forest that was undergoing changes: leaves and blooms decomposing, leaf color changes, mushrooms flourishing, etc. I took photos of all these botanicals in their natural state of being. I hope you enjoy their natural beauty as much as I did during my visit to the forest.
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