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Monday, October 17, 2011

The Wrong Color?

I promised you a couple of pictures of leaves that did something surprising.

Both of these kinds of leaves generally turn yellow in the fall. First is a sassafras that has turned red. I found this very surprising because they turn yellow almost without fail. You might remember I showed you a whole road edge of sassafras and I don't think there was a red leaf to be found. Nevertheless, this little rebel decided to be red!

red sassafras leaf

The next one isn't quite so odd, but interesting even so. Like the sassafras, quaking aspen turns yellow, and quickly brown. You will see aspen trees that tend toward gold. These ones have gone just a bit farther toward orange.

orange aspen leaves

The colors are almost gone... rain and wind are bringing them down.

See Sassafras
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9 comments:

Jean said...

I love fall leaves. Ours are just beginning to turn.

Hey - Friend me on facebook and we can trade birds. I already have a few extras. Beware...this game is additive.:)

vanilla said...

Those are both very unusual.

Secondary Roads said...

Interesting finds there Shark.

gallerydarrow said...

gorgeous amazing color!

Ann said...

I like a leaf that does it's own thing in spite of what every other leaf is doing :)

betchai said...

it's great sometimes to have one rebel providing diversity to what we have, beautiful find.

Sharkbytes said...

Jean- I found you on FB- or you found me... but the cards don't work for me

vanilla- there are probably lots of oddities if I would look more closely

chuck- I try

ro- color overload here in the NE!

Ann- you and me both!

Sharkbytes said...

betchai- yes... the world needs the rebels too.

RNSANE said...

The few years I lived in the Boston area, I loved the fall foliage. I just hated it when rains messed up the beautiful color! I felt so cheated!

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