Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This Year’s Colors

It was a pretty bad year for foliage. Here on Cape Ann, we are going from green to brown. You see, Irene came through and dumped salt on the trees and burned a lot of the leaves.

Last Monday, I received an email from my brother in Southern Vermont saying that they were at peak. A couple of days later, he wrote again saying that everything turned brown and dropped. On Saturday, I took a drive up to the Keene, New Hampshire region and over to Brattleboro, Vermont. I talked with an antique dealer in south-west New Hampshire and told him about how Irene dumped salt on our trees. He said that the storm dropped salt onto their trees too and turned the leaves brown. Now mind you, this is 80 miles inland!

Fall in New England is ephemeral. This year it has been tragic. The promise of the beauty prior to the onset of winter has been natures contract with New Englanders. Nature will give us two to four weeks of unimaginable colors in exchange, we New Englanders must endure the winter and with the spring Nature will begin preparing the leaves for the fall colors.

There are pockets of color here and there. These patches become more precious as it does remind us that we did not imagine the colors from prior years, but they did exist not only in our mind’s eye, but in reality.

This is a patch of color I found in a little picnic spot in Swanzey, New Hampshire.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

A hickory tree by the Ashuelot River.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

More trees by the Ashuelot.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky


Torunn said...

It is so beautiful now in the autumn. Beautiful color variations and many great scenes. Fine images.

Roy said...

Lovely images Steve.

cindyzlogic said...

I'm glad you're seeing some Fall colors!! Great shots!!

Judy said...

We have been having some wonderful colours this year. The Virginia creeper is flaming scarlet, in fact, and I do not remember seeing that before! I had not thought of the salt the hurricane would be carrying, and how that would affect the plants.

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