Oncoming Autumn

September 15, 2017.  Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

When the Japanese red maple presents itself in wholesome green

and

 

 

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Japanese red maple

 

sometimes on cloudless days, as washed with blue, 

 

 

 

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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),

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Bark of an orange-osage tree

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Viburnum

 

you know that autumn is almost here.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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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