Saturday, November 8, 2008

Once a Year

Once a year Maryland becomes absolutely breathtaking, and this is probably peak weekend for our fall colors. When I went out to walk the dogs this morning, I didn't notice my neighbor's tree, but when I was walking back up to the house, there it was - all of its colors in one beautiful display. (click pictures to enlarge)

I won't hold it against this tree that it - as you can see - spans three townhomes and will give me plenty to rake for the next month (along with the willow on the other side of my house). More exercise for me, right?

In the back of our property, even more beautiful views greet me in the morning. It is as though God has His best paintbox out. Reds, golds, lingering green grasses, purples, oranges, and brilliant yellows.

Coming home from a trip to Rockville today, we turned the long, slow curve on I270 that crawls toward Frederick. Suddenly the view opened up and showed us the sun glowing on the trees that climb the foothills in the northern part of the county. Color leapt out at us and I was truly distracted as I tried to finish the drive. I wanted so much to pull over and just breathe it all in.

I hope you're enjoying your own fall day today.

Peace- D


Jo said...

Gorgeous photos! I have always wanted to experience autumn in your part of the world.

I took some pictures last weekend of the fall colors here too, but I haven't uploaded them yet. It seems to have been an exquisite fall this year, and the colors are more vivid than I can remember in the past.

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Raking leaves, however... *heh*

Me: said...

What a stunning tree! You'd have lovely shade in the hot summer from that tree, too. And are those Canada geese in the pond at the back? Most of our leaves have fallen now and people are out raking. Soon everything will be dull from sky to sidewalk. :(

Moannie said...

We too, at least this far south, are having an awesome autumn this year. But you have the edge with that lovely tree.

Probably means we're in for a wicked winter.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Autumn is my favorite time of year just for this reason. NOTHING beats seeing the color of those trees and smelling the smoke from a wood fire.

Maggie May said...

Extremely beautiful tree.
Autumn is late here. Nothing too spectacular in the city but I'm sure if I got out to the country there would be something wonderful to snap!

Jay said...

That tree is gorgeous!!

We're quite lucky because our city was planned nicely with plenty of colour and specimen trees along the parkways (the busy roads which take you from one section of the city to another) and it's so well planted that in many places you can't actually see the houses or industry from the road, just beautiful greens - or at this time of year, greens, yellows, oranges, browns, reds and purples.

But it's nothing compared to what you have. We drove through Pennsylvania one year, about a week or so before the full colour was due, and it was spectacular even then. One year we must arrange to be there for the full show.

Mental P Mama said...

Just beautiful.

Hilary said...

It sure has been a particularly beautiful autumn this year. You've certainly captured some of its finest colours right here.

Ruth D~ said...

The best time of year . . . so beautiful. Winter will fly and then wilkl come the second best time of year.

Lavinia said...

Spectacular photos!!!

RiverPoet said...

Josie - Yeah, raking leaves isn't top of my list either. And today? There are leaves all over my lawn again. Oh well....

Leslie - Yep, those are Canadian geese, alright. So as you can see, I'm popular with all manner of Canadians!

Moannie - Funny you should say that. The Farmer's Almanac says so, too. Can you tell by the wild patterns on the trees? All of them seem to be multicolored this year.

NATUI - Mmmm, isn't that the truth? I just love fall, love it!

Maggie - It is beautiful, but boy does it dump a lot of leaves!

Jay - It's true that the further north you go the more interested the color. I drove along the Pennsylvania Turnpike this time of the year in 2001, and boy, was it spectacular! Sounds like you live in a very cool place, too!

MPM - *sigh* I can't stop looking at it.

Hilary - I only wish I'd had a better camera to do it with. This little Olympus has seen better days.

Ruth - I hope winter flies by. I'm not so good with ice and snow.

Lavinia - Thanks! I'm so glad I grabbed the camera. Even today it isn't a stunning as it was yesterday.

Peace - D

david mcmahon said...

That is SOME tree!

Daryl said...

that is some tree .. and the other pix are just wonderful, D.


SandyCarlson said...

What a glorious tree. When I was down that way in the spring, I was amazed how many colors a single tree could hold at one time. Now, again!

the mother of this lot said...

I love that tree. I WANT one!

RiverPoet said...

David - Isn't it gorgeous? And boy is it dropping the leaves all over us.

Daryl - Thanks! Not bad for a little Olympus pocket camera.

SandyC - Supposedly these multicolored trees are a harbinger of a treacherous winter. I'm not looking forward to that, but the colors are stunning.

MOTL - Oh, you can have it! I'm having to rake like mad!

Peace - D

CrazyCath said...

What beautiful rich colours! Massive tree.
Congrats on POTD at David's!

Jeni said...

Congratulations on getting in the POTD category -David does have excellent taste, don't you agree?