Monday, November 15, 2010

A Midwestern Fall

I wasn't quite sure what to expect of fall here in the Midwest. Since I'm from New England--the land famous for beautiful fall foliage, where almost every street you drive down in the fall looks like a postcard--I knew I had to lower my expectations a bit. It's a good thing I did! The leaves do change colors here and it's lovely, but it's not close to the breathtaking profusion of colors that you'll find everywhere in New England. This is a picture I posted on my blog two years ago that I randomly took while running errands around home in Connecticut: 

Yeah, it's not like that here. For starters, there aren't nearly as many trees as there are back East. But I think it's very pretty here in Iowa in the fall. It's a more subtle beauty. The thing I've liked most about it, at least from a photographic perspective, is that it helps me to focus on the little details, like the amazing individual leaves that are the basic building blocks of fall foliage. I'm happy to say that this native New Englander has enjoyed fall in the Midwest, so I guess we'll stick around for some more of them.

I took all these pictures throughout September and October in an exciting place--my backyard!  
(I apologize that I stack my photos one after another instead of putting some side-by-side or in mosaics. I don't know how to do mosaics and whenever I try to put pictures side-by-side it doesn't work. Someday I'll learn!)

The summer green is mixed in with the fall red here. It's a mixture of my two favorite seasons.
Closest of all!
I like the feathery yellow leaves of this giant tree at the back of the yard.

A semi-circle of trees in the next-door neighbor's backyard.
Bare trees can be beautiful too.

I hope you've enjoyed your fall as much as I have!


Kristina P. said...

Glad you could get a taste of the NE fall!

The Crazy Coxes said...

Your pictures are gorgeous. I love to watch the leaves change and slowly blow off the trees.

I'm glad you found beauty in the Midwest even if it was a different kind.

dougandcheryl said...

I hear ya. I just love fall no matter where I am. Nothing can compare to New England fall so I think everyone should try to see it once in their lives at least.
It is great to be able to see the beauty where you live. Sometimes I wish to be somewhere else and then we'll do something and I'll remember all the great things about living here. Fall is one of them. I love driving past the trees changing alongside the corn fields!

Donna said...

I agree, Cheryl! :)

Sarah Laurence said...

It might not be as spectacular as New England but at least you still have leaves. Ours are all down except for a few brown oaks. Thanks for sharing yours.

Donna said...

These pictures were taken a few weeks ago. The leaves are all gone now, unfortunately. We got a big wind storm after I took a lot of these and that blew most of the leaves away!