Fall colours

We didn’t have much of a summer, so we’re not happy that fall is coming.

Most of our sugar maples are still green, though branch-by-branch they are showing some signs of turning.  This one was in a hurry, though.  Two days ago, I went to get the paper from the end of the driveway and when I turned around, this maple was catching the sun.  I hadn’t noticed its colours before as we have had almost two weeks of dull days (so we never got to see the Northern Lights peak), but this time there was no mistaking it.

Sugar maple
Sugar maple

On a smaller scale is the sunset maple.  I planted this as a seedling about 15 years ago.  They have red leaves at the end of the stems right from spring, because they are red when they open for a few weeks, but then they get their fall colours starting from the ends as well, hence the name.

Sunset maple
Sunset maple

I’ve learned the hard way that I haven’t figured out how to get my new point-and-shoot camera to focus properly.  There are settings to get different focus points but it’s not as simple as my “complicated” camera, where if need be I can just turn off auto-focus, or turn a dial to switch between focus points. But I haven’t had sun on these fringed gentians since, so we’ll have to settle for these slightly blurry pictures because the gentians only open in full sun.

Fringed Gentians
Fringed Gentians

Milkweed freedom day

Although the winds blew many of the leaves off the trees over the last week, the milkweed has been hanging on to its seeds:

Milkweed Seeds
Milkweed Seeds

But today there was a light breeze and they made their bid for freedom:

Milkweed Seeds 2
Free the seeds!

Off to make more Monarch caterpillar food.

On the subject of feed seeds, I don’t know what animal made this cache of pine cones.  Squirrel?  It obviously didn’t know that “cache” means “hidden”.

Pine cone cache
Pine cone cache

Not all the leaves are gone, though. The beech keep their dead leaves all year, and the oaks hang on to theirs for a while longer:

Oak leaves - Poplar background
Oak leaves – Poplar background

 

Crimson leaves and celestial glory

Since the coloured leaves are almost gone after some high winds, I thought I’d show one last picture of the glory that is the Ontario autumn.

Maple leaves
Maple leaves

This is the view from the back window.  On the other side, more magnificence, but even shorter-lived than the leaves.  It might have been even better once it turned red but this was a little before sunset today:

Clouds
Clouds