Weekly Image of Life: Seasons and Changes~ Red Leaves?

“The one red leaf, the last of its clan, 
That dances as often as dance it can,  
Hanging so light, and hanging so high, 
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.”
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834

Our Japanese Maple tree is green for most seasons in bloom~ from spring through summer.  In fall the leaves usually turn a bright, beautiful shade of red.
It truly lights up the garden with its seasonal change.

The Japanese Maple contrasts nicely with the strap-like green and white leaves of the Yucca below it.

Last year’s Japanese Maple in fall…

Last year…

But this year there were changes, even before we got to September.
Our normally green Japanese Maple leaves began turning a bronze-green color in July.
They’ve remained that color for the rest of the summer.  I believe it has to to with our extremely hot, dry weather this summer.  All of our plants have suffered in some way or another, even with watering.

Just this week I began to see a tinge of red around the leaf edges.
Perhaps we’ll get some red after all!  Changes!

This year…

“Change in all things is sweet.” ~Aristotle

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29 thoughts on “Weekly Image of Life: Seasons and Changes~ Red Leaves?

  1. Nice post Judy.I love the autumn colours. Probably my favourite time for landscape photography. I have already noticed a few trees, over here, starting to change colour.

    • While I hate to say good-bye to summer, I love fall and the colors. Just as you have, I’ve noted a few trees that have started. We are just beginning. But since July we’ve had brown leaves dropping all over our yard. I’m not sure how colorful it will be this year, due to going in and out of drought periods this summer. But I’m hopeful, like the Japanese Maple showing some tinges of red….that we’ll have a colorful fall despite the dryness. Thanks, Jim!

  2. Oh, wow! The Japanese Maple Tree leaves looks like it is on fire. Beautiful, stunning, vividly amazing. We all can learn from the Maple Tree’s leaves and its changes. Just like it, there at times depending on the season and the day’s changes, we may feel that we lack luster but there are times that we shine bright all happy and ready to face anything. Seasons give us hope that better things are to come and that no matter what, a new beginning is possible. Love the images and the inspiring poetry. Thanks Judy…

    • Wow…and you just fill the comment box with such lovely words every time. Where do those words come from, IT? I suspect they come straight from your heart. You should write a book! Thank you so much!

      • Thanks Judy. Despite of what I went through, there are so much to be thankful about. One of them is meeting people like you who shares positive and inspiring thoughts and images to the world. And we all know the world needs all the light and joy it can get.

    • Thanks so much Renee! I’m still discovering all the features the new theme has! It’s a work in progress! Thanks for your kind words about the Japanese Maple!

  3. We have a Japanese maple tree too and I was just looking at it today thinking it doesn’t look so great! I thought maybe it was because we had such a hot summer too. I’m glad to know it’s not the only one anyway! Beautiful colors and I love the new theme – happy autumn!

  4. Judy, the first photo is so beautiful, there’s a wonderful light in it ! It really is an amazing photo. I hope your tree will turn into this stunning red colour this year too !

    • Thanks, Jocelyne…I went out yesterday (in jet lag even! lol) Because the colors were so beautiful and it was early light still. The Japanese Maple IS turning a nice shade of red. It isn’t like the photo in the post yet…but some leaves are at that point. I love trees with red leaves in fall!

    • We’ve had so much wind and rain in the last week, Adri, that our trees have now lost about 98% of their leaves. So sad. I love fall to be drawn out for a longer time! Thank you!

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