I am participating in Cardinal Guzman’s year-long monthly photo challenge that began in January. Each month bloggers post photos of their neighborhood or an area that will show the changing seasons over one year.
I chose my front yard’s Chinese Maple tree. When I started this challenge in January, the maple tree was bare. (Go to the gallery to check out the changes). I assumed there would be unending and discernible changes as each month went by.
Well…you can see above how green and mostly lush the tree is. Some of its leaves started showing the stress from the continuing drought here in California by simply drying up. We have had such warm September and October weather, that most of the trees have no idea how to react. The coldest night we have had has been 58 degrees. Definitely not cold enough to stop the sap from running and start the color-change process.
The grass is even greener compared to the summer photos, even though I can only water 30 minutes a week. The sun may be warm but it is lower in the sky and the nights are longer. Most of the yard is in full shade.
Here are a couple of photos of the tree. A close-up of a beautiful bronze leaf, and the other reflected in the window with a nice orange sunset. This is as close to orange as the tree will get this month.
As I drive around my area, most trees are greenish-yellow. They are getting there. I guess green is the new orange for October.
We shall see what November brings. Here is the gallery of photos from the last nine months.
I adore the fall and always gleefully await the gorgeous colors the trees become. Waiting. Come back in mid-November with your fingers crossed for a gorgeous fall tree!
Meanwhile, I will live jealously and vicariously through your gorgeous autumn photos.
Please visit Cardinal Guzman’s blog to see other entries of the monthly photo challenge.