Macro Monday: Glorious Fall Color

While it is the week of Christmas, and many gardens are covered in snow, here in Houston it’s Fall. And what a glorious fall it has been. We’ve had one of the best autumns for color in the past 30 years. More about this in an upcoming post (hint hint… lots of gorgeous fall color photos coming this week). I’ve collected three varieties of leaves.

Texas Red Oak: Quercus texana and/or Shumard Red Oak: Quercus shumardii (these are difficult to tell apart) (obovate shape with deep sinuses)
American Sweetgum or Liquidambar: Liquidambar styraciflua (broad and wide palmate shaped leaves)
Bradford Pear Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’ (oval leaves)

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Shumard Red Oak leaf

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Shumard Leaf: macro shot – notice how the color varies from cell to cell (just like the pixels in a TV or Monitor combine to create a picture)red-oak-leaf-macro

Liquidambar leaf with it’s vivid red tones

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These trees are filled with hanging seed balls (which can be quite messy in your garden).

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Bradford Pear

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Comments

  1. Nice to relive Autumn again through your photos!

  2. Beautiful, Jackie, lots to ooh and aah over! I love seeing the cells, like a mosaic. We had a black gum tree in our front yard in The Woodlands that had fabulous fall color. The chinaberries also turned and had that wonderful leaf shape. That was about all the fall color to be had though, glad to hear you are getting the pretty hues now. :-)
    Frances

  3. Lovely macros Jackie! Great to see your colorful leaves now that ours have all fallen from the trees! Covered with snow too… the brightness in your photos lifts the spirits! Happy Winter Solstice. Carol

  4. Excellent series of photos. We could use a little fall color here in NJ. We dug out from 22 plus inches of snow over the weekend. And winter has only just begun. Thanks for the reminder of gentler, warmer times.

  5. Gorgeous macros! I love the red oak leaves, particularly, though the mixtures are lovely, too, and the close ups are stunning. You’re right, it seems they change colour cell by cell.

  6. Oh, my goodness, these are gorgeous. I love the light shining through the leaves.

  7. We get red oak and Bradford pear here, but not liquidamber, which looks like it has some gorgeous color. Is this a tree that needs warm climates like Houston’s?

    I love the tiny little dots of colors, too–they look like tiny, rusty eyes.

  8. Lovely colour, texture and patterns in these leaf photos! I really like the cell pattern photographs. Beautiful images!

    Cheers,

    Dave

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