The Japanese Maple tree in my yard is quite a show-stopper. It has burgundy leaves throughout the summer and as if to show off for the world before winter, the leaves turn vivid red right before they drop to the ground. It’s quite the opposite of the other trees which display their pretty orange, yellow and red colors first, then turn brown and fall. I usually wait until the Japanese Maple has dropped all of its leaves before I begin raking. I love seeing the bright red mixed with the brown oak leaves and sprigs of grass. Today I was feeling a little artsy and so I processed this image with Topaz Impression and gave it a painting-like effect.
It was late in the afternoon and the light was fading fast. I was headed for a nature preserve where I anticipated nice Fall color for landscape photography. The GPS and local signage let me down as I drove well beyond the expected mileage to reach my destination. Thankfully, I came across this lovely property and stopped for a couple quick photos. Sometimes getting lost has it’s advantages!