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  • With the colors of the maples this year the definition of 'earth tones' is greatly expanded far beyond greens and browns.

    It seems to be an unusual fall. We had the warmest September on record. Hot days and warm nights. As a result, we saw no leaves changing color. The trees need cool nights and warm days to move into their colorful glory.

    While some trees are filled with vivid color, most are still green or, at best, yellow. And, on the other hand, inexplicably, some trees have already lost all of their leaves. So there will be a tree with no leaves juxtaposed on a background of green with one vivid red or orange tree in the mix.

    The range of colors in the maples seems quite extraordinary. From deep purple to raspberry to pink; from red to orange to tangerine to peach; from yellow to gold to brown. I especially appreciate the trees that maintain some brilliant green while also having other bright colors as well.

    So far the oaks appear dull. But, since everything is a couple of weeks late, let's wait a bit and see.



    [Photos by Barbara, Minneapolis, October 2015]
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