Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shades of Autumn-Oaks...

Beautiful fall foliage doesn't come to mind when I think of oak trees.--The leaves basically turn from a dirty orange/brown to completely brown (perhaps they make the other fall colors stand-out)...  However, oaks make up the majority of trees on my property and I'm thankful for their shade, drought tolerance and longevity (they are also a home, shelter and food source to a host of wildlife).

Actually, I have always assumed that the oaks surrounding the pond on our property were Post Oak trees, but after looking at leaf-ID photos--I think these may be a red-oak variety...




My favorite--not my husband's...   i.e.-No matter how high you prune the lower branches, they will continue to droop down--making it hard to maneuver the riding lawn mower under the canopy.  The autumn leaves of this oak do turn a pretty red/orange color in the beginning of the season.  Unlike most trees, this oak holds onto its leaves throughout the winter...



17 comments:

  1. Lovely autumn post.

    Great timber to work with too!

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  2. Not sure what the little sprout is amongst the leaves, but it sure is sweet. Beautiful trees on your property!

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  3. Cat--That's a Bracken fern.. So far it's withstood a few frosts.--Probably because of its blanket of leaves!

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  4. that little seedling is so precious! Great photo.

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  5. Love the shot of the fern's new growth among the dead brown leaves!
    We used to have a pin oak at our old home - hated those leaves all winter. :)

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  6. Enjoyed your series of brown images, I am extra taken with the fern through the leaves, just lovely.

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  7. Being one of the last to drop their leaves, the oak certainly does have longevity. Beautiful captures. Really love the pov in that first one.

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  8. Beautiful fall post! The photo of that little green sprount emerging through the blanket of oak leaves is especially sweet. So many lovely leaves!

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  9. Is that a fern popping up in the leaves? Gorgeous!

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  10. Beautiful browns! Love the trees and the leaves!

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  11. Such great shots, love the one with the little green seedling.

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  12. I have some oaks that don't loose their leaves until spring either. At that point I am ready for spring and don't want to see anymore leaves falling on the ground. :)

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  13. We have a few oak trees lining the streets near our apartment. The colours are a little boring in comparison so some of the brighter leaf colours in the autumn, but they're my son's favourite leaves to jump in because they're extra crunchy :)

    Thanks for taking part in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge!

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  14. We have a backyard full of Oaks, too. They can be very colorful with the sun shining through them, but when they fall they are basic brown. Still, the textures of Oak leaves are fascinating. Lovely post!

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  15. Sitting down and sorting out the IDs of all the oaks on our place is still one of the multitude of items on my To Do list. Thanks for sharing yours. Great shot of the fern!

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  16. I've been enjoying all of your beautiful foliage posts; there certainly are lots of different oaks! Coming from Idaho, all we had were scrub oaks, so living here in Kansas City we're learning all sorts of new trees.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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