Friday, November 20, 2009

Autumn Hues -- Part 3 - Past Peak

The best colors of fall happen at "peak foliage," which is a somewhat elusive time. Often the weather is rainy or the wind blows away many of the leaves. The period after the peak is often thought to be mostly dull, uninteresting colors and a lot of bare trees. But, this year I've found that interesting colors even after the peak.

Below: 3 views showing the changes over the last 3 weeks at the lagoon in Boston's Public Garden. Compare this view to the same view in part 1 of Autumn Hues.

Below: a promenade in the Public Garden. Compare this to the view a few weeks earlier in part 1 of Autumn Hues

Below: even a view with mostly bare trees includes subtle background colors against a blue sky, particularly where reflected in the lagoon.

Below: a leaf-covered path along the banks of the Charles River.

Below: bare trees line the Charles River on a bright 15th of November.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Autumn Hues, Part 2

This fall, the weather has been warm and cold, we've had rain and even snow. But, I have been trying to take in as much as possible of the foliage around me. New England is blest with four distinct seasons, but the best ones don't last long. Whenever I can, I try to capture the colors and scenes that capture my eye.

The Hues

The autumn hues feature bright reds, yellows and oranges, as seen below.

Each species of tree and shrub has its own distinctive color. The maples, with their bright oranges, tend to steal the visual show. But the yellows make my favorite backdrop. And even the duller reds have their own beauty.

Building Blocks

Taking a close look, you can notice that the individual leaves are not a single color, but their own little palate mixing several hues.

More Autumn Urban Streetscapes

Below: With a towering canopy over Brattle Street, my photo captured a fellow bike rider.

Below: Fallen leaves line the sidewalk and street on a sunny afternoon.

Below: Brilliant red foliage steals your attention.

Below: Bright yellow canopy over a meandering lane through Mt. Auburn Cemetery.