The fall of 2011

It’s just started raining — but no one here is crying. We’ve had virtually no rain for weeks and weeks, and the fields and forests and farms have been drying out. Yesterday (Wednesday) was another typically beautiful (and dry) autumn day, so my wife Jan and I decided to get out and enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

I rode my bike, while she walked. So it’s Jan who gets credit for the following photos, showing how autumn looks in the Greater Daglan Area’s Céou River Valley. We begin with a Virginia creeper vine, right in the village itself:

Vine

A vine turns red among the green foliage.

Next, on the back road that takes you up to Le Peyruzel, a tree that’s turned red as well:

Red tree

This tree really stands out, for its red colour.

Red is actually a fairly rare autumn colour here, because our forests lack the maples and other varieties that give southern Ontario such a vibrant autumn display of reds and oranges, as well as yellows. In the GDA, the dominant autumn colour is yellow, as this photo of a walnut grove shows:

Walnut grove

The walnut trees are turning yellow now, and then losing their leaves.

Yellow is also the dominant fall colour in this photo, of a hillside that Jan passed on her walk:

Hillside

Trees changing colour on a hillside.

Of course many of our trees don’t lose their leaves at all, and there is still plenty of green to be seen –including the grass in the fields. While some of the fields have become fairly dried out, there are still lots of lush patches, like this:

Green landscape

A green landscape, just outside Daglan.

Now if today’s rain would just continue for a while — and our fingers are crossed — we can expect to see lots of green for the remainder of the fall, and even throughout our so-called “winter.” You know, the season when it gets kind of cool, at least by Canadian standards.

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2 Responses to The fall of 2011

  1. Funny – after seeing all of the beautiful walnuts in the GDA, I realized a tree at Stuart’s cottage we had always thought must be an ash was in fact in the walnut family. We’d never realized because there were never any walnuts on it – but some further exploration lead to the discovery of several hidden caches around the tree. Muskoka squirrels are admirable foragers!

  2. P.S. Beautiful photos. Reds or not, autumn is a great time of year.

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