A few shots of radiant red leaves in autumn.
It always bothered me when people claimed autumn was the time when nature “dressed up” or “put on a show.” While, it happens to be my favorite season, I don’t think its prettier than any of the others in particular. Winter technically doesn’t even start until the 21st of December, but no one ever attributes the cold bleak November rains to autumn. Each season has its own merits, makes its offerings to the world, and it’d be a lot easier if you just accept each one for what it is. Summer’s going to be hot, winter is going to be cold, enjoy the temperaments of the seasons, like the four humors, each has their place.
While all tress have leaves, it’s the deciduous or seasonal trees that paint the crisp autumn air with theirs. During summer, these big green receptors bathe in the sun and coupled with root soaked water, they produce the energy the tree needs to sustain itself. Its late summer, August, blazing heat, sweltering sun, these tiny factories (Sidebar: or as sometimes we call them ‘plants’ ie. “He works down at the manufacturing plant”) labor endlessly unaware that each day the earth tilts farther away from their source of light and life. An event out of their control, unable to move and escape the changes, unlike the bird that roosts in their branches, they prepare for the harsh months ahead, similar to a bear or an ant of fables. Each day the sun’s arc across the blue is smaller, shorter, and provides less of the light that tree needs. Just like an overstaffed factory it begins to “fire its workers”, and the leaves, one by one, are switched off brilliantly blooming, and then falling to the forest floor. Some are full of a residue of waste, left over the summer when it tirelessly worked, these crumble and turn shades of brown, dim and plain; others have left stores of sugar that, in the waning sun and waxing cold, reveal a radiant red to the world. Looking at vivid colors, both fierce and bright, know that they are determined by these last bastions of nutrients remaining in the leaf. This Japanese Maple has left an abundance of sugar in its leaves, and when combined with the fading sun and growing cold, provide it with its red hues.
Camera: Nikon D3100, 18-55mm lens