“In the Muskoka/Algonquin region of southern Ontario, where I’ve spent the past week shooting and vacationing, we have had one of the most intense and colourful fall foliage displays in a generation. Reason enough for thanks if you’re a photographer.”
Here, we’ve had a strange sort of fall. Trees that usually give us a wonderful show, our ‘Autumn Purple’ ashes and red maples (Acer rubrum cultivars) have been more subdued in color. The same goes for sugar maples, although some individuals look amazing, such as the one in the picture above, which I photographed a couple of days ago in the woods at the tree farm behind us.
Other trees that normally wow us – Nyssa sylvatica, (black tupelo) and Katsura in particular – have already lost their leaves without giving us much color at all. Many of my ornamental grasses are simply turning dun-colored without the intemediate stage of showing more varied and interesting hues.
But there is some good color here now. Here’s how parts of the garden looked this week.There are all kinds of reasons for this year’s more muted autumn color, and my guess is that our wet summer, followed by an abnormally cool October with early hard frosts are to blame. How has the autumn color been in your region this year – better or worse than last year?