Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sun-Sparkled Autumn

Last fall the trees were so beautiful. 
I didn't have to leave home to see autumn color because it was 
beautifully expressed within a mile of my house.

Here, it looks as though I'm in the middle of a woods 
when I'm really standing in a parking lot across the street from the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There are houses just on the other side,
screened by the trees. I remember standing there, mesmerized
by the way the sun reflected off the leaves, 
sequins in the middle of the day.  


dive said...

Wow! What a riot of gorgeous autumn colour, Speedway.
How wonderful that you can see such wild places right in the heart of the city.

Speedway said...

G'day, Dive, and on behalf of the trees, I thank you. They would also be pleased to know you think it's a "wild place," as you can see the houses just beyond.

Anonymous said...

Gee, I do not find the trees any less colorful this autumn. If anything they are better, because the late summer rains have kept more leaves on the trees.

Speedway said...

Hi, Alison! It's amazing the difference just a few miles make, I think. I'm comparing what I see this summer with pictures I took this time last fall and it's not as colorful here. I'm hoping to see a bit more in a couple weeks.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what kind of number I will get this post ?
I would not compare from last year, which was with a four month drought and an early dropping of disicated leaves.
Did you know that scientists will be studying the beginning of fall to see if it is also moving back, just as spring is moving forward as a sign of global warming?

Speedway said...

The number is the same, Alison.

I did read the article about the research and it interests me. I do have pictures taken from one year to the next of the same trees, but not enough for research -- other than my own curiosity.

I'm watching to see how one tree in particular behaves. Last year it turned bright red all over. This year, so far, it is still green with very little bits of red. So, I guess it hasn't yet gotten the signal to stop chlorophyll.

I've wondered if our own human record keeping isn't our of whack with the changes in the movement of the planets over time. Could that influence our perceptions of seasonal/climate change.

Of course, the global warming naysayers would have you believe that the continual pollution of our air, water and soil has nothing at all to do with the upset in these cycles. I just think they're too used to getting stuff from the grocery without any contact with the real world.