Leaves, Trees, and Berries

Here’s a few more images I took recently of colorful leaves, trees, and berries. It’s been a most beautiful autumn season, here in my region, but the recent parade of major weather events have hastened to bring an early end to it all. I’m still looking, though, for a few hold outs of mother nature’s seasonal colors.

Japanese Maple
Maple leaf on tree with Crustose Lichen
Ginkgo Tree
Larch species
Fallen Maple leaf on evergreen tree branch
Fallen Maple leaf on Rhododendron leaves
Yellow Maple leaves on red Japanese Maple leaves
Japanese Maple species
Turning Japanese Maple leaves
Weeping Atlas Cedar
Sourwood leaves
Giant Sequoia
Beautyberry

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Japanese Garden Autumn Splendor – Part II

As promised, here are additional photos from my recent visit to Point Defiance Park Japanese Garden. The first set of images in the previous post were from the immediate pond area of the garden. The following set of images are from the other part of the garden that is located in an area with lots of planted shrubs and trees, including rhododendrons, Japanese maple trees, cherry trees, conifers, and garden structures. Some areas of this part of the garden get more light than others. On this particular day, the skies were cloudy, which actually helped the red leaf colors stand out, prominently.

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Japanese Garden Pond Autumn Splendor

Looking for a treasure trove of photographic opportunities during the autumn season? Look no further than your local, Japanese garden! One can spend hours composing photos from every angle and in every nook and cranny in these gardens. They usually have an assortment of different types of Japanese Maples and other shrubs and plants, whose leaves change to brilliant colors of red, yellow, orange, and various shades in-between. Right now, in my regional area, the leaf colors are in their prime time. And what a show they are putting on! I recently visited the Point Defiance Park Japanese Garden, located in Tacoma, Washington. I was mesmerized by the fiery, red color of the garden pond’s Red Japanese Maple tree. In this blog post I will include only the photos I took from this specific area of the garden. I will include photo images from the other areas of the garden in a future post. Enjoy the colors!

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In An Autumn Mood

Various flora I encountered on a woodland garden walk, recently. I love to photograph the changes in color, texture, stages of decay, seedpods, etc. Autumn is an exciting time of year for nature photographers!

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Tropical Rhododendron Blooms

A attended a fall festival at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington, this weekend, in which the garden was open free to the public. This was a great opportunity for anyone who had not visited the garden before. There is the Rutherford Conservatory located on site that houses an extraordinary exhibit of tropical Rhododendrons from around the world, as well as other tropical plant species. Right now, there are plenty of species in bloom. And while there, walk the many woodland trails that are part of this natural woodland garden, and enjoy the colors of autumn. Below are a few of the species of tropical plants that are blooming in the conservatory, currently.

Tropical Rhododendron
Tropical Rhododendron
Tropical Rhododendron
Tropical Rhododendron
Tropical Rhododendron
Tropical Rhododendron
Tropical Rhododendron
Tropical Rhododendron
Begonia
Begonia
Tasmanian Tree Fern

The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is open throughout the year, Tuesday-Sunday.

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