Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fall color in the Pacific Northwest

We don't have the brilliant colored fall foliage other parts of the country have. Out fall palette is mostly shades of gold and yellow. The big leaf maple, acer macrophylla, is gorgeous right now. Up against the background of the deep dark green fir trees they veritably glow.
One of the few redder tones come from the native wild crab apple trees and the occasional seedling cherry. Here the red plant in the foreground is an ornamental amaranth.
The big leaf maple lives up to its name. Every fall the school has a largest maple leaf contest and the kids scour the island looking for the biggest leaf. This one would have been a candidate when our kids were in school.

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