Maple on fire at last

Under a soft blanket of fog yesterday, the Japanese maple’s blushing leaves glowed amid the greens of river fern and sedge. Dampened by the fog, its graceful limbs were like dark strokes from a calligrapher’s pen. So after walking the dog, there I was, crouching amid the ferns with my phone camera, trying to capture the beauty.

True, it’s December, and past time for all this according to Christmas carols fixated on boughs of holly and drifts of snow. But I’m happy to get fall color whenever it arrives, even if Santa is hot on its heels.

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8 Responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You did a good job capturing the beauty of your fall flames of color.

  2. Kris P says:

    It’s a gorgeous thing! It’s a great beacon to guide Santa your way each year.

  3. Gorgeous! I am thankful for the cold snap that helped. Our little Waterfall JM is more colorful than I have ever seen it.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours! HUGS

  4. hb says:

    Oh, that’s pretty. Fog and JMs make a perfect pair.

    Later in the year than usual?

    • Pam/Digging says:

      It’s about a week later than usual, I think. Of course it’s always later than I think it will be, but then I check last year’s blog posts in mid-December, and there it is. We had a dry fall, but recently we’ve had a good bit of rain, and I think that helps bring on the color. —Pam

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