Hampshire Life photo gallery: Two-tone shades

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Published: 10/18/2019 9:40:28 AM

...Or even tri-tone. The maple tree in front of our house is doing a curious thing this year. Instead of the traditional full-on progression of green-to-red-to-yellow that the leaves, and the tree, usually undergo, each individual leaf is rolling out colors in its own slow-motion change, starting from the tip and receding toward the stem, or from side to side, or even from the middle working outwards. So part of each leaf is still brilliant green and part is red or yellow - or a combination of all three. In my multitude of autumns here, I’ve never noticed this before. Or else I’ve forgotten. Hmm. In any case it makes for a colorful dapple effect shining through the upstairs windows. I don’t know of any scientific (i.e., dependable) way to predict the intensity or length of the fall colors each year but, so far, these leaves are making their own statements.

- Kevin Gutting




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