20171022-23 Late October Skies, Cattails, Red Oaks, Beech, Cotton Grass, Tamaracks

As the autumnal abscission processes (leaf drop) continue into late fall we are treated to some interesting scenery.  Some examples:

You may have to  click on the image above and on the one below to notice that the back-lit inflorescences are very different.  Native cattails fill the swamp above while the invasive Phragmites wave in the breeze along Hwy 529.

For a short period of time some of the Red Oaks are quite showy with brilliant red or orange leaves instead of their more common brownish colour.

Early morning sky from Hwy 526, looking over the Still River.

Looking east from Legion Lane…

Hamlet of Byng Inlet from Riverside Drive in Britt…

Vines (Boston Ivy ??) casting their shadows on a window of the former Little Britt Inn…

Mill Lake, Parry Sound …

Beech leaves usually turn yellow and stay attached over the winter.  These turned orange and are dropping.

Beech trees are usually found in deep protected forests with good soils as we are near their northern range limit.

Nice bit of sun brightening the corner …

Larix laricina needles are turning yellow before dropping.

Our Tamaracks are usually found in bogs in association with black spruce,  cotton grass

… and red winterberries

Our Tamaracks like wet feet, unlike the Alpine Larch in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Here are some magnificent photos of the Alpine Larch in the North Cascades of Washington State.

GeorgianBay1939 contributed some pictures to that thread.  One will be very familiar, while the one labelled Breakfast in Oregon Fog was made about a decade ago.

I just tried a little experiment.  I “googled” the Images for  “brtthome’s blog fall colours”  to get this.   Amazing!

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