Monday, November 14, 2011

Autumn Leaves - Barberry and Fothergilla

Village Burying Ground, Bar Harbor, Maine; November 13, 2011 (Woodland series No.4)
Fall just keeps lingering on this year. Usually by November all the leaves are gone, the wind is bitter, and the skies are grey. With the snowstorm we got just before Halloween, I thought for sure we were in for a long, dingy winter. But no, the days have been warm, in the 50s and 60s, with sunshine and lots of beautiful colors still in the woods. The peculiar weather has coaxed fantastic color out of trees that often slide straight into muddy browns, like the oaks and the Norway maples.

Barberry and fothergilla, on the other hand, never turn muddy brown! These two are always spectacular, but usually they are brown sticks at this time of year. If the weather weren't so delightful, it would be a little creepy. I was walking through the Village Burying Ground (aka "the cemetery") in the middle of town and saw these beauties glowing at me beside the path.
Barberry & Fothergilla
I started out intending to make one entry for the Woodland series, but got carried away playing with the little barberry leaves. Looks like a mini-series now!
Barberry & Fothergilla (version 2)
  P.S. All this autumn splendor has me dazzled and distracted for the moment, but I'll get back to beachcombing soon, don't worry.


  1. we are feeling the same way here in SW CT...many trees still have their leaves and yesterday it was warmer OUTside than it was IN!

    puzzling, really.

    love your woodland series.

  2. Keep going Jen....beachcombing will wait but the autumn color is more ephemeral. I like them! I notice how much action with mosses and lichens happen this time of year.... tempting?
    I am concerned that global warming is to thank for the warm climes. It is quite striking that we have such short days with such warm temperatures.

  3. Hi Becky - oh yes, I love the moss and lichen, too. They'll probably turn up in more photos soon!

  4. Glad to hear we're not the only ones having some crazy weather. It's so obvious what's going on in our world. Scary. These colours make me feel so happy though. Particularly love the first shot Jenn. Pruxxx

  5. Thank you, Pruxxx! You're heading into summer now, aren't you? What kind of weird weather are you having - heat waves or cold spells?