Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Late Autumn Colors

As the season ages, the brilliant colors of fall gradually fade, becoming more and more difficult to find. Here in northcentral Pennsylvania the leaves of black birch and its more northern relative white birch are usually the first to turn from green to yellow; then the maples turn to red, yellow or orange. As the season progresses the leaves of other species turn color and fall to the ground. The oaks come last in the parade of colors.

By early November most trees are bare of leaves and the herbaceous plants have finished blooming. The colorful birds of spring and summer have migrated to warmer climes and the northern birds that head our way are slowly arriving.

Migrating waterfowl pass through in November and some linger for a while; and there are even a few insects that become active on warmer days. And there’s still some color to be found – oaks, being the last trees to turn color, brighten the landscape; and there are even a few scattered leaves of other tree species.

Floating Oak Leaves
New York Fern

American Hornbeam
Oriental Bittersweet

Brook Trout

Wolf's Milk Slime Mold

Goldenrod Seed
Canada Geese
Japanese Larch

Frost on Black Maple leaf
Witch-hazel Flowers
White Birch
Ruddy Ducks
Pin Oak Leaf

Morning Sun

Mute Swan

Comma Butterfly

Blue Jay

Red Maple Leaf
Red Oak Leaves

First Snowflakes

Come early December the colors are almost all gone, replaced by the grays and browns of winter.

Or the white of winter storms


Elkes Lebensglück said...

beautiful posting whether animal or landscape photos. Gorgeous !!!!
I love such scenes from the autumn leaves.
greetings elke

Barbara Rogers said...

Beautiful fall scenery as it winds down.

The Furry Gnome said...

Such great pictures! They illustrate the late fall season perfectly.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty fall images. The birds are wonderful, I like the Ruddy Ducks. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've shown some beautiful color in this early part of winter there! A combination of Fall and winter! That butterfly is gorgeous! Enjoy your weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love to try to id things. Do you think it might be a eastern comma butterfly? Do a search and see what you think!

Woody Meristem said...

"Do you think it might be an eastern comma butterfly?"
Yes, you're right -- I was too quick to identify it by size and not markings -- it was a comma.