We are experiencing the glory of the season.

An amazing fall.

Driving through the older neighborhoods

I am stunned by the breathtaking

Gold of plain old Elm trees.


By Kelly’s mature Ginkgo tree.


And the American Elm in front of the church.


For years gold was our dominate fall color.

Some red was dotted here and there.


But to get lots of red you had to head east

To the Talahina trail, or Arkansas or New England.

And since we are human we always want

What someone else has.

A few years back

The Men’s Garden Club made a subtle effort

Called “Plant the Town Red”.

They encouraged people to plant

Redbud for spring.

Red Crepe Myrtle for summer.

And varieties of Red Maple that are happy here for fall

Autumn Blaze and Autumn Glory.


Or Chinese Pistache.


We were replacing the dying elm trees in our front yard

And were happy to oblige.

In four years

This is the reddest they have been.


So the question is

Are maple trees like Hydrangea?

Does their color depend on the soil chemistry?

Or is it a question of maturation.

Do they have to be a certain age before they are actually red?

Or could it have been

A mix-up in tagging

Somewhere along the way

Before it came to live at our house?

Only time will tell.

But this year it doesn’t really matter.

I’m drinking in the gold

As it sparkles in the sun.


As it takes my breath away.

As it reminds me that the season is winding down.

And like every season of every year.

We are not in charge.



It’s all glorious.

I was afraid I didn’t have enough pictures for this blog

So on the way to church this morning

I stopped to take a few more.

After snapping a picture or two

I heard someone talking to me.

“There’s a better one in the back.”

A young man yelled out his window.

“I took a picture of it a few days ago.”

He was right.

It’s glorious.


So after a blustery Sunday.

Leaves cover the ground.

Apple pies are in the oven.

It must be fall

And one more certain sign.

Happy Birthday, John.



Filed under Chinese Pistache Tree, Elm Trees, Fall, Gingko Tree, Hydrangea, Maple Trees, Redbud Trees, Uncategorized

5 responses to “COLORS OF THE SEASON

  1. Hasn’t it just been the most brilliant fall ever this year in OK? I’m loving it! Great photos! 🙂

  2. Yes, it has. I want it to go on forever.

  3. The color of the trees here in New England this year have been spectacular. It seems to us that the level of moisture during the year affects the color somewhat. In my corner, they are now on the ground and the next project is to get them raked and swept up. The color I love, the day-long cleanup not so much. 🙂

  4. Susan

    Please wish John a Happy Birthday from the Snyders!!!
    Thanks again for sharing, Gail!

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