It is fun to play the game- "What tree is it?" using only fall color as an identifier. It can be done with some accuracy, once you get to know the players. For example, concentrate on the middle- lower tree in the above photo. Pay no attention to that bright orange tree screaming out to you (we will get to it later.)
Look at the subtle copper tones of fall:
|Copper tones of the American Beech|
Cool nights in October transform beech leaves into these copper colored beauties. There are no other leaves that take on this tone.
This slide from one of my programs illustrates wonders of the American Beech. Most people recognize its smooth gray tree bark- not unlike an elephant's skin. It also has wonderful nuts, most desirable for wildlife.
Now you know it has coppery colors in the fall.
The view from Malabar's Mt. Jeez is incredible this time of year. There was literally a crowd there last night. Six car loads of people were admiring the "fireworks" of fall color blasted onto the landscape. The colors at sunrise would be even better, with the sun at our backs.
Take a little time to enjoy this brief flash of color before winter sets in, and try to identify some trees by color alone. You'll gain an even greater appreciation for the wonders in our own backyards.