I have to post this photo of my current favorite fall tree. It’s not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but it is of one of the most beautiful maple trees I have seen this year.
(It’s actually made an appearance here before; it’s the maple that’s just beginning to turn in the second photo in this post.)
It’s pretty from a distance, but standing underneath its branches (as I was when I took this photo), all the light turns golden and beautiful. It’s like being under a very thin domed slice of a very huge cantaloupe. I am not a cantaloupe fan, so that thought is actually not the most pleasant for me, but it’s the closest color match I can think of. Anyway – that’s what I was trying to capture here. The orangey light cast on the fence, the perfect gradation of colors from red at the branch tips to orange, to yellow, to just a handful of still-green leaves in the center.