Japanese Maple

I found some colorful leaves.

Just when I thought I was out, I was pulled back in.

Actually, I went looking for these leaves. They are still hanging around on trees called Japanese Maples. They turn fall colors later in the season. And, the color lasts longer once the leaves do start to change.

I knew where I thought I saw them. I just haven’t walked in that direction in the past month or so, I headed there hoping against hope that I hadn’t missed them. I was lucky — that old photographers luck thing again  — and they were as I expected them to be. Whew.

I made all kinds of pictures of them. I processed a lot of them which is unusual for me. I couldn’t find quite what I wanted until I saw this image. It looks like an explosion of color so I made it look even more explosive. That’s what you are seeing here.

I’d like to say that there is a lesson here. Maybe one of persistence. But, I wasn’t very persistent. Instead, it’s more-or-less how my mind works. Some vision clicks in and I try to find it in real life.

Maybe the best lesson for me is not to self edit in the field. I said about a week ago that one of my pictures was the last of the fall color. If I stuck with that I wouldn’t have walked in a different direction. I wouldn’t have found the wonderful late fall colored  Japanese Maples.


5 responses to “Japanese Maple”

  1. C.S. Young Jr. Avatar

    Nice composition and color! Most of the Japanese Maples in the Carolinas dried out and withered from the heat before they could turn. I’m concerned this will become the norm is subsequent years.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Without you identifying it a few years ago, I would have never known what I was looking at. Of course, that’s the trend. Down here we get more rain than you do so we aren’t seeing the death of trees. However, a rain storm floods the streets.

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  2. gregorystackpole Avatar

    I’ve still never seen that movie. 🙂


  3. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

    Between all the streaming services we have, I’ve seen Shrek like 30 times. Not my idea. But, that’s how I saw that movie. We have a movie treat last night. Ocean’s 11. The original with the Rat Pack. Seeing Dean Martin sing, “Ain’t that a kick in the head” made ny night.


  4. arlene Avatar

    They are just lovely 🙂


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