Monday, October 13, 2008

No, All The Leaves Are Not Brown

I love Autumn in New England. The turning of the leaves make it the most beautiful time of the year.

Last year, Mrs. Joe bought The Champ the book "Why Do Leaves Change Color?". It explains what happens and why and has a bunch of artwork of leaves. Last year he wasn't too interested in it but this year his little mind was very curious.

We read the book last night and The Champ asked a bunch of questions. So this morning the three of us went on a little nature walk. We live within walking distance to a small private college so I figured most of the trees noted in the book could be found there. We also found a few along the nearby streets.

I was reminded how difficult it is to contain the enthusiasm of a 7 year old.

We walked around the college looking at the trees. I drive by this college every day but until you are standing there, with your attention focused on them, not on the everyday bullshit that life keeps you chained to, you realize how beautiful they can be this time of year.

The Champ made a list of the leaves we were looking for and we collected some samples. We also took some pictures to share with all of you.




Red Maple



Sugar Maple





White Birch





Silver Maple




Elm?




Beech



White Oak



Sassafras

All this within walking distance. Maybe we will try our luck again and go on another walk in a different location and see what beauty we can discover this time of year.


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10 Comments:

Blogger Mom 2 Divas said...

Wow, these pictures are gorgeous. It really makes me miss home or even being in a place where the season change. Great scenery, thanks for sharing.

Mon Oct 13, 11:27:00 PM 2008  
Blogger HW said...

While Autumn in Illinois can be quite beautiful, "Visiting New England in the fall" has always been on my bucket list.
Love the pictures.

Mon Oct 13, 11:34:00 PM 2008  
Blogger womaninawindow said...

Oh, love this.

Why is it that just holding a leaf between your fingers and rubbing it can be so freaken life affirming?

And life is supposed to be complicated. Sometimes just getting down at the right level can make things look brighter. Bet the kids loved it!

Tue Oct 14, 09:21:00 PM 2008  
Anonymous uumomma said...

you are a good dad

Tue Oct 14, 10:45:00 PM 2008  
Anonymous Farmer Jane said...

I have four sugar maples in my yard, two dogwoods and several birch trees and I LOVE the changing of the seasons... although ours in the south aren't quite as beautiful as the northern parts of the country.

Wed Oct 15, 05:53:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Mike said...

Great looking colors. We don't get them here in So Cal. Here we get green or brown and that's about it...

Wed Oct 15, 06:04:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Angie in Texas said...

looking at your photos make me miss the east coast.

. . . just another reminder that life is really amazing and beautiful - just like you! =)

Wed Oct 15, 09:02:00 PM 2008  
Anonymous stepping over the junk said...

I am loving the leaves. went to new hampshire on sunday and it was more gorgeous than down where I am at the moment! I forget every year, how brilliant they are!

Wed Oct 15, 10:46:00 PM 2008  
OpenID claresdad.com said...

Nice pictures. I'm not sure those are elm leaves, but I'm not sure what they are either so it could be a type of elm. Or maybe birch?

Thu Oct 16, 01:47:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Mari said...

Thanks! I can't really go for a walk right now. I am missing it all. I love fall leaves!

uumomma is right, you are a good dad.

Sat Nov 08, 03:31:00 PM 2008  

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