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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Autumn Impressions

Autumn is the time of year that I like to wander around gardens, parks, and nature trails to “paint” with my camera. I love to capture nature as it is changing from one season to another, specifically summer to autumn. I don’t necessarily look for startling colors, but more so in textures and variations in color that depict the change in season. Capturing leaves in various stages of decay is beautiful to the eye, if presented properly.

Today I returned to a favorite place of mine—the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located in Federal Way, Washington. It is an outdoor garden located on acres of a natural wooded area of native Pacific Northwest foliage. It is bursting with color during the spring months. But the fall season offers up its own display of color, albeit a bit more subdued in fanciness. One needs to seek out the jewels of the season and pay close attention to detail. Walk slowly through this garden, paying attention to everything around you, both above and below, and you will find many jewels of nature.



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