The leaves turn red, yellow and orange only one time per year, in October and November. If one is busy elsewhere, one might completely miss photographing the colors. I see I have photographed Highland Park foliage (Highland Park, New Jersey, that is) for each year that this blog has existed (even in 2012, after my father died and Hurricane Sandy came to visit, I had at least one post with a bit of fall foliage). This post is for those of you in places like Israel or California who don’t get to see the autumn colors.
My bald cypress tree has grown quite big. Here you can see how it (upper left in the photo) turns orange in the fall. It is bigger than we expected when the borough planted the tree about ten years ago.
My neighbor has a tall red maple across the street that shows up in all these foliage photos. Will have to remember to study it changing more carefully next autumn.
I looked outside my kitchen window, and I saw a big bird in our feeder. I came out with my camera, and the blue jay flew away quickly. I waited quietly about ten minutes in one spot, and my reward was a blue jay came back to the feeder. Happy to capture this fast bird with my camera.
Almost as quickly as the blue jay came, it flew off. Happy to get the blue jay in motion!
Last Friday I filled my bird feeder with some seeds that were exclusively black oil sunflower seeds. No birds seem to pay any attention – indeed, I saw no birds in my yard. But I now think it was just the extra cold weather; by Saturday noon, all the seeds had been munched. We actually had snow on Thursday night, but it only stuck to the ground in other parts of the state, probably in higher elevations.
My nasturtium and marigolds died last Thursday night in the frost. If you are a gardener, you will know there is a little bit of sadness when your annuals die. My snapdragons survived the cold weather – nice to see those bright colors.