New photo challenge: festival of leaves – week 1

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Today I’m taking part in a new photo challenge called Festival of Leaves (this is week 1). You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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The leaves haven’t started to change colors here in San Diego. After all, it’s only the end of September and many trees will still have leaves on until mid-November.  And that’s not counting the many trees in the region that never lose their leaves.

So here are a few selections from last fall, until I can start photographing the colors of this fall.

We have a lot of Sycamore trees in the area. The leaves just turn brown in the fall before dropping to the ground, nothing fancy. Sometimes the summers are so dry the leaves start drying up even before fall starts. If you can catch that brown in the sunlight, it becomes a lot more interesting to the eye.

Festival of Leaves - Sycamore tree leaf
Festival of Leaves – Sycamore tree leaf
Festival of Leaves - Green and brown Sycamore leaves in the fall
Festival of Leaves – Green and brown Sycamore leaves in the fall

There are a lot of poplar trees by the San Diego river. I love their golden yellow leaves in the fall, especially with the sunlight shining through them.

Festival of Leaves - Yellow poplar leaves in the fall
Festival of Leaves – Yellow poplar leaves in the fall

Fortunately we don’t have to wait for the fall to enjoy beautiful leaves in Southern California. The red leaves of this ornamental plum tree brings a flash of color even before fall starts.

Festival of Leaves - Ornamental plum tree with red leaves
Festival of Leaves – Ornamental plum tree with red leaves

20 thoughts on “New photo challenge: festival of leaves – week 1

  1. Lovely. The leaves have started changing here in Ohio, and they’ll peak later this month. No doubt my favorite time of year here. Really, really gorgeous.

      • There’s one spot on the interstate I’d love to take a photo of, but it would be too dangerous to stop. It’s my favorite visual spot here. Tree-covered hills as far as the eye can see, all lit up in color in October and November (though it’s pretty in the summer, too). But probably not worth risking a limb for…

        • Try doing it while your husband drives. If the sun is in the right spot and not reflecting on your windshield, you should have a pretty clear view, as long as you shoot ahead of you and not on the side, or you’ll just get a blur. It’s worth a shot. When I lived in CT, I enjoyed those rolling hills covered with golden, orange and red hues.

          • Oh, I’d never take a phone or camera out the car window. You should be able to set it on the dashboard and just point and shoot.

  2. Beautiful festival! We get the brown leaves here a lot too. They say it’s because of the salt air. Every once in a while though, the colors will light up like that. I love your yellow and red sunlight leaves.

    • I’ve seen the fall foliage in the Northeast by living in CT for 5 years. What a beautiful place to be for the season. Something I miss a lot about living there. The snowy and cold winters and the hot and muggy summers, not so much.

  3. Wonderful pictures!, I love these colours! Thanks so much for participating and sharing your great entry!
    xoxo

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