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U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Annual Autumn Beauty Report

Walks in my neighborhood are special in October and November. Having overwhelming and almost never changing evergreens around 24 hours a day /7 days a week/ 365 days a year makes me deeply appreciate the magical display of non-green colors.
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I try not to miss the 'time window' when the usually green neighborhood gets its autumn fever.
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It's important to beat the landscape crews with their leaf blowers and not lose a chance to walk on the fallen leaves.
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There is something hypnotizing in the soft rustling noise which dry leaves make.
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Brilliant!

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Most color comes from yellow, orange, red and pink maples, maroon huckleberry and berberis, yellow aspen, willow and cottonwoods, purple smoke bushes, red blueberry bushes, scarlet and orange viburnum and bronze oaks.... What did I forget?
Big leaf maple, vine maple, red maple, Japanese maples and other maple varieties are among favorites here.
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I would call the next picture 'Street light' with its green, red and yellow colors:
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Pampas grass joins the trees and shrubs to perform in a November choir:
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Blooming roses make me smile. They try to compete with the autumn foliage for attention:

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I spent a lot of time near a little pond with this gorgeous golden carpet in front of it:
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What a contrast between the green lawns and the autumn carpet of the fallen leaves! What looks more natural this time of the year? Green color, although pleasant to the eye and helping to withstand dullness of the rainy winter days, seems out of place for me:
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There should be ducks somewhere here. Let's get closer.
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and closer
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Here they are:
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Usually, after checking all the neighborhood, I can tell what place was my favorite for autumn.
Last year, it was this one shown in my post Neighborhood Walk 2009:
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Pictures below, taken at the same spot several days ago, made my heart sink again:

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I like to stop here on walks with my dog or during a bike ride.


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This year, I have another favorite:
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This alley of pinkish and yellow maples stopped me in my tracks or, more exactly, in my wheels.
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I didn't get into this little street last year, and it was totally unexpected to see this wonderful alley of tall maples of absolutely stunning color:
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Happiness, excitement, joy - this is what I felt looking at this scene.
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Stately rows of maples were performing a hymn of adoraton to Queen of the Year , autumn.
Do you see any ghosty opaque spots? It's leaves caught by the camera in their gracious descent.
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I picked up several leaves and put them between the pages of a heavy book.
If you are going for a walk, don't forget to bring some leaves home before they get blown away.

I know some of you already did and some of you are already late.


I am joining Dave for his Fall Color Project 2010


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Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

40 comments:

  1. Tatyana your colours really are splendid in your neighbourhood. Fever is just the perfect word to describe those hot colours :)

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  2. What a beautiful walk. Thank you for sharing it with us. I'd love to have gone with you.

    Enjoy the passing beauty.

    FlowerLady

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  3. It is truly pure autumn beauty. Those colors are amazing, it must be great to take that bike ride around your neighborhood

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  4. Stunning, stunning photos Tatyana, all thos iridescent colours - and what a beautiful neighbourhood you live in!

    Come kick through the dry leaves in my garden any time you want to! :)

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  5. Hiya Tatyana

    That's a great post title!

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful time of year.

    Autumn colour has been stunning over here this year. There are lots of debates about various climatic reasons why it looks so good, my theory is we've had no real wind to speak of so everything has stayed on the trees.

    Enjoy your weekend

    Rob

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  6. Wow! So many terrific views captured here! Finally, someone posted a photo of pampas grass! I saw it for the first time about 7 years ago in Seattle and love it! Unfortunately it doesn't do well here, our seasons are too short in Edmonton. I love the maples framing the narrow street. So lovely!

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  7. Hi Tatyana. Maples are just so gorgeous in the fall. The scarlet ones always amaze me with their brightness.
    Your leaves are later turning than ours and have so much more color. Maybe it is because your grass is still so green that makes them look even brighter. Our dry spell made our colors duller.
    I love the pictures of around the pond.
    Enjoy your colors they fall so fast.
    Oh, and plant those Monticello seeds girl. LOL!

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  8. What a beautiful walk Tatyana. You live in a gorgeous neighborhood. Love your title and the colors, textures and compositions of all your photographs. Lovely!! ;>)

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  9. Hi Tatyana,

    Wonderful photos, the colours are so lovely. Enjoy it whilst it lasts, sadly they're gone too quickly!

    Our wonderful trees have been almost striped bare thanks to high winds for a couple of days. Shame...

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  10. Just so, so beautiful. Wish I could come and walk under those trees.

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  11. Hi Tatyana,what a gorgeous walk, happy to gone along with you!

    Eileen

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  12. Those are beautiful photos of fall!!!!!!! I love the maples all in a row and the carpet of leaves...actually I love all the photos.

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  13. There are glorious fall colors in your neighborhood Tatyana! The avenue of maples is magnificent, and as always your photography is outstanding.

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  14. Tatyana,
    When I saw the title of this post I knew I'd be seeing some killer photos. Too be honest these are some of your best no question!

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  15. Thank you!!! I am really, really happy that you understand me! I can't believe that some people don't notice this beauty. I was stunned to see the maple alley and I've already been several times there. Nobody else stops to look at the trees, nobody takes pictures... Well, maybe other people come to that place when I don't see them... I hope.

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  16. Wow! These are gorgeous photos! I love the autumn colors! Your neighborhood is beautiful!

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  17. Ahhh, autumn beauty! First I thought you were talking about women in their best years -- though these days, we seem to fall into the "I feel bad about my neck" category.

    But reassuringly, you treat us with stunning photos of your neighborhood. I just love the red, and thanks for the ducks ;->

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  18. You really live in a beautiful neighborhood. The trees are spectacular in color and form. Glad you took us for the ride.

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  19. So very PNW ! Beautiful photos .

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  20. Beautiful photos, Tatyana! I love the colors and shapes, the lines, the textures--a fabulous celebration of fall.

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  21. Fabulous photos! You can look forward to these trees in the spring too!
    I have tried to get pics of the trees in my area as I see them, but it never comes out so crisp!
    Fall is a time to write poetry!

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  22. A beautiful post on my favourite season! And what a lovely neighborhood you live in Tatyana!

    Yor comment about leaf-blowers set me thinking - and who better to ask than a gardener from the land of mechanization, America, like yourself! I'm investigating a 'garden vacuum' to get rid of leaves and save sweeping time. I was advised to get a blower only, as the suction part never works well and one ends up gathering the swept leaves by hand anyway. How are the leaves gathered there, having been blown into a heap?

    Your comment will be much appreciated!
    Thanks - Jack

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  23. Tatyana, I remember your beautiful walk/ride through your neighborhood last Autumn. You do have some breathtaking sights right outside your door. Lovely!

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  24. Thank you! Yes, the neighborhood is very nice. Jack, there is a video clip here that might explain how they gather dry leaves http://household-tips.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/10/rake_leaves.php. There is some trick here http://www.homeimprovementsdepot.com/turn-your-lawn-mower-into-a-leaf-vacuum-and-shredder/ Hope it helps!

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  25. As my mother used to say every autumn - "it's just exquisite!" I love walking through the carpets of leaves and hearing them rustle. Autumn is absolutely my favorite season.

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  26. My favorite Autumn post! I so want to walk in those leaves.

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  27. Wow! Thank you for taking me along with you on your walk. Gosh it sure it pretty out there and I can almost smell the fallen leaves and hear the sounds of nature all around. Thank you for this. It was most magical and I think I need to move! :)

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  28. Stunning pictures that capture the beauty of the season!

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  29. How beautiful your fall. Such a range of brilliant color. Wonder photographs that capture the beauty.

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  30. Oh Tatyana, so many beautiful scenes it is hard to choose a favourite! The evergreens certainly do play a great role in setting off the contrast of those wonderful autumn colours!

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  31. Dear Tatyana, I do so agree about the overpowering feeling when surrounded by evergreens. The oh so solid greeness of it all, makes one rather desperate for some other, more uplifting shade in these dark days of winter.

    The autumn colours you show here are so lovely. I was walking with you through those crisp leaves. Magical!!

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  32. Wow, great Autumn photos - thanks for the tour!

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  33. Your post-title is very suiting.
    Wish I could have been there on your walk.
    You captured fall color beautifully,

    Annelie

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  34. Just came across your blog for the first time! I viewed as many posts as I possibly could. Your artistry shows through every photograph you take spectacular!!!! What a joy to view.
    Rosemary...

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  35. I enjoyed your fabulous autumn walk! The street lined with golden maples is stunning. Even the memory of it must lift your spirits! Your neighborhood is magical, and it reminds me of many neighborhoods in my part of the world. We, too, still have green grass and plenty of evergreens to contrast with the gorgeous fall colors. I like the combination!

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  36. Amazing colors! I love the Japanese maples. They sparkle like jewels!

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  37. WOW!! What a gorgeous neighborhood with such beautiful trees! It would be hard to go to work in the morning if I had to leave such beauty!

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  38. Sorry for me, i missed this post, but not anymore. Thanks the Archive was invented! I cannot explain my feelings in seeing all these, as 'i hope you know', we dont have your seasons, autumn is alien to me.

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  39. Tatyana,

    I'm not sure how I missed this post but I'm very sorry I did! The colors are gorgeous. Your neighborhood is beautiful too with all the pines and the foliage colors as accents!

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