November Maples

Ash trees are bare and golden birch leaves are falling rapidly.  Maple trees — red, silver and black species — smolder in shades of red, orange, gold and yellow on Saint Paul’s boulevards.  A mild, sunny day with strong, gusty southwest winds pulled many leaves from the trees, piling them in corners, catching them in bushes and long grass, and decorating all things still green with the fire of autumn.

Several species of maple show their colors on our St. Paul, MN, avenue.

Several species of maple display their colors on our St. Paul, MN, street.

A southwest wind blew together a small pile of maple and apple leaves with ash keys nestled next to blue fescue 'Elijah blue'.

A southwest wind blew together a small pile of maple leaves, apple leaves and ash keys nestled next to blue fescue ‘Elijah blue’.

A maple leaf, 'autumn blaze', glows against the dark green of a yew where it was trapped by the wind.

An ‘autumn blaze’ maple leaf glows against a deep green yew where the wind trapped it.

A bright patchwork sewn of maple leaves decorates our front lawn.

A bright patchwork of maple leaves decorates our front lawn.

7 thoughts on “November Maples

  1. I love the way you write. It reminds me to slow down and take in the beauty around us that we so often take for granted. It was hard to come out to the hard frost this morning and reports of 3-5 inches of snow overnight. I plan to store up your pictures and writing to read and view again and again over the winter months. I have a feeling you will find ways to remind us all of the beauty we can find around us in the cold months as well.
    THANK YOU!

    • Hi Lisa, thank you for your kind note. It IS hard to see autumn slipping away into winter — thank goodness most of the heavy snow stayed west of the Twin Cities. I will do my best to find beauty to share during the winter, although it will be a challenge because winter is my least favorite season! I am open to ideas. 🙂

    • Thank you, Cathy. The beautiful autumn trees bring back memories of when we used to hike through the Eagan woods and fields before they were developed. Thanks for reading my blog!

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