Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autumn Showoffs

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came;
The ashes, oaks, and maples;
And those of every name.
.........George Cooper

Every year a spectacular color-show blazes through the deciduous woodlands as the trees prepare for winter. 

The science behind the leaves' color changes is complicated and involves words like chlorophyll, carotenoids, and anthrocyanins. Who really cares? 

What I do understand is that as daylight hours shorten and night temperatures fall, the leaves become gaudy showoffs, flittering on the winds, somersaulting on the slightest breeze, dancing throughout the forest in gowns of red and gold and yellow.

It's an extravagant farewell to summer. Lucky us. Everyone gets a ticket. And they are always free.

"Behold, the glory of the God of Israel
came from the way of the east. His
voice was like the sound of many
waters; and the earth shown
with His glory."   Ezekiel 43:1


  1. sandy - these are absolutely stunning

  2. beautiful - how joyous to see these scenes around you

  3. Fantastic shots! First time here. Love your space.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  4. Hey just dropped by in this space and I love all this pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Hi Sandy-
    I tried to comment to you the other day but Blogger is/was in a mood these days.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me-
    And your photos are stunning, if you took them yourself.
    If not- GREAT choices:)
    See ya soon-

  6. Those are wonderful pictures! I miss the different seasons. Here in Texas we have hot, not as hot, cold, and hot. I do miss the colors of fall.