The season is beginning to change rapidly here. Most of the yellow maples have lost their leaves in our woods. The red maples have lost their leaves within just the last week. The Japanese Maple is the last to hang onto her leaves at this point. It seems like it was a fast moving fall around here.
But we were lucky. The people in the East had huge amounts of snow this past weekend and that would make it seem as though fall has disappeared. My thoughts go out to those who have had quite a lot of weather to deal with in 2011.
The first photo is from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It was taken in late September. The golden Birch leaves make a good frame for the view of Lake Michigan. The sun was not shining very brightly, which was perfect. I was able to catch the sunlight in the leaves. I had to maneuver around quite a bit under the trees to get to the right spot and the correct angle, so when I emerged from this photo I had leaves, twigs and probably some bugs in my hair! For this shot I used my Nikon Coolpix S-8000.
I enjoyed finding the Beech leaf cradling the Maple leaf in the second photo. I like the translucency of the leaf. I moved slightly so the trunk of the tree in front was blocking the sun, yet the sun was still lighting the leaf. I used my Nikon D-80 for this photo. Thanks for looking at the pictures!