Tree leaves are finally starting to change colors in San Diego, at least when it comes to deciduous trees. There are a lot of poplars in the city park behind my house so I hope to make my way there soon. It’s all a question of picking the right time of the day for the best photos. For what I’m trying to do, it might be the warm yellow light of the late afternoon.

In the meantime, I’ll share leaves from another tree we find a lot around San Diego County: the Sycamore tree. To most of us, the Sycamore doesn’t mean much but for the Kumeyaay, the native Americans who lived around here tens of thousands of years ago, it was a life saver. Or should I say a butt saver? Because of the Sycamore leaves’ very soft, almost velvety like, surface, the Kumeyaay used it as toilet paper. Good thing to know if you’re ever stranded somewhere in a forest, right?

I love Sycamore leaves because they are much larger than most tree leaves. They only turn yellow and brown until they come off the tree in late Fall, but they’re still pretty to look at, especially if you capture the light from an interesting angle.

Here are a few photos of Sycamore leaves. Let me know what you think. And remember you can click on each photo for an enlarged view.

Green and brown Sycamore tree leaf in the fall

Green and brown Sycamore tree leaf in the fall

Green and brown Sycamore leaves in the fall

Green and brown Sycamore leaves in the fall

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

2 responses »

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Very nice! But I’m happy we’ve advanced to toilet paper…

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