Fall is Stuck in First Gear

Fall is sputtering to a start here in northern Ohio. I had hoped to visit a rural park to capture the birch trees, which are early changers I often miss.┬áThe day is just too damp and windy to justify the trip as a photo opportunity. For all I know, the leaves may not have turned yet. I’ve only noticed the canopies and other sun-soaked sections of sugar maples starting to change color here.

Sugar maple is undoubtedly my favorite fall tree. It┬álingers in changing color. I’ve seen yellow, orange and red all on the same tree, depending on how much sun the leaves have received. The sugar maples on the border of a forest have red leaves where they face the outside world. The ones sheltered in the middle of the forest are mostly yellow during this change. Whatever their color, they are all beautiful to me.

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