Thursday, October 12, 2006

Autumn Afternoon

The autumn is getting ahead of me. So many beautiful trees turning their leaves combined with my recent excursions have left me with a serious arboreal backlog (no pun intended). I am not want for material in our tree blogging!

For now, how about a little peek at things in my neck of the woods from this afternoon?

The top image is our Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) of the family Magnoliaceae. Also called the Tulip Poplar and the Tuliptree, this tree calls out during any season, and demands to be noticed. It grows big, fast, and beautiful.

Our second image is the sassafras, of course! Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) of the family Lauraceae, is among my favorites here on the East Coast. I love how the colors are as variable as the leaf-lobes.

I just can’t decide what I want to share next! Any requests?


  1. Ash. The purple tints of the ash that we no longer see in Michigan, wiped out by the borer. I did see some small stands of saplings, but I don't know if they will be there next year.

    Do you have any like that?

  2. Do you have pics of red oaks?
    Here in Ireland, it's still fairly green, only a hint of color on the trees starting now. And our oaks are usually one of the last trees to turn color.

    Love your 2 pics, I don't think those are very popular trees to grow here. I don't remember ever seeing a sassafras!

  3. Red maple leaves are my all time fav. None to see, here on the Prairies but Im sure you are enjoying them where you are. Incredibly beautiful.

    Love your latest photos, thanks for sharing.


  4. red oak & maple leaves! They never fail to take my breath away.

    Happy belated birthday, Arboreality. I haven't been getting by as much as I'd like to recently but I'm happy to have found your blog.

  5. Geraldine, thanks as always! I sure have a lot of fun creating Arboreality! I've always wondered what prarie life would be like... I'm a forest girl myself. However, in last winter's trip across the US, I was absolutely smitten with the sage scrub of Idaho and Wyoming. I think I could live there, so long as I had a couple big trees to keep me company!

    Caroline, thanks for the birthday wishes! I really enjoy your blog as well. :)


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