Lingering Autumn Color

Yes, it’s November, but there’s still some colorful leaves hanging on the trees. I know of some particular trees in Point Defiance Park that tend to be the last color changers of the season and, for whatever reason, they are the last ones to hold out. I tend to be a little impatient with them at first, but in the end I appreciate their final bursts of color as the autumn season is about to come to an end. For the next several months, nothing but bare twigs will be accompanying us throughout the long winter. So with that said, here are a few images I took a few days ago of these last, holdout fortresses of autumn color. These are all varieties of Japanese Maples, which are so beautiful in the fall (and my favorite to photograph).

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And last, but not least, some pretty, yellow Ginkgo leaves contrasted against bright, red Japanese Maple leaves.

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All photos property of Peggy A Thompson

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14 Responses to Lingering Autumn Color

  1. Oh, the trees are all aflame!! How very beautiful, Peggy. 😍

  2. Gunta says:

    Beautiful! My Japanese Maple in the front yard has yet to change. Apparently we haven’t hit a freeze yet.

    • Wow! Your tree must be really protected from the elements. But then again, you have it milder on the coast. Here in Tacoma, we had only one night that was near freezing, so far.

      • Gunta says:

        It’s pretty tricky around here to get the scarlet leaves on that maple. I wait for it to freeze (yes, we do get milder weather), but then one of our rain/wind storms blows through and tears all the leaves off the tree. So far, I don’t think we’ve dropped below 40º yet at night, but we’ve had some pretty wild storms or the gale wind variety.

        Glad to see your pictures in case my tree doesn’t get to show off its colors again this year.

  3. Beautiful! Here tamarack trees are always the last to change over.

    • Thank you, William! Those tamaracks (also known as larch) are a beautiful, golden color this time of year. I bet most people don’t know they are the only conifer tree that drops its needles in the fall season. They are referred to as a deciduous conifer. And, I just found out this: tamarack is the Algonquian native name that means “wood used for snowshoes.”

  4. Point Defiance and the Zoo at Point Defiance are favorite spots for me…Love your photos.

  5. Susan Bauer says:

    Love your fall leaves series! We still have colorful leaves on the other side of the state here in Walla Walla.

    • Thank you, Susan! Glad you still have autumn colors to enjoy there in Walla Walla! We’re about to get socked with a few weather fronts the next few days that will probably knock the rest of our leaves off the trees. I’ll miss them, for sure.

  6. bluebrightly says:

    Gotta love those Japanese maples, all year long! (I found you through Gunta)

  7. Miriam says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Isn’t Mother Nature incredible.

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