Oncoming Autumn

September 15, 2017.  Winterthur, Delaware



When the Japanese red maple presents itself in wholesome green





Japanese red maple


sometimes on cloudless days, as washed with blue, 





The same Japanese maple a few moments later



you imagine it is still summer. 

And this is because when we are in full autumn,   presentations of this tree range from pale orange to red-hot fire.


But it is clear that autumn is, nevertheless, on hand because the native Osage-Orange tree (Maclura pomifera),





An osage-orange tree bending over a path 


has begun shedding its outer bark to reveal the very shades of orange which have yet to rub off on the  Japanese maple as autumn advances.





Bark of an orange-osage tree



And when the hyacinth bean (Dolichos Lablab) is in full glory both in flower and seed





Hyacinth bean, a vine growing in Winterthur, Delaware


And when the berries begin to tempt with fabulously poisonous colours,



I don’t know the name of this plant which grows in Magnolia Bend in Winterthur, Delaware





Viburnum, Winterthur, Delaware


you know that autumn is almost here. 

And  when the pawpaw (Asimina triloba) tree looks gold-bearing





And when the common milkweed  (Asclepias syriaca), full to bursting, is about to whorl out its seeds on filaments of silk,







And when the American black walnuts (Juglans nigra) begin to fall from a great height without a scrape, mottled green as autumn apples and with an indescribably heady fragrance






Woodmere American black walnuts 2015-1

American black walnut tree and walnuts


ready to infuse vodka for winter cheer, you know definitively that autumn is very near.



American black walnut vodka September 2015-2


American black walnuts in vodka with a vanilla pod and a little honey.  Autumn 2015

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