10.25.2008

Japanese Maple Magic



I have yet to meet a Japanese maple I didn't like. They have just about every attribute you could want from a small tree: Graceful habit, a right-sized cultivar for almost any size bed or border, attractive foliage that keeps its looks all season long. There are the beautiful butter-gold leaves of Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum', orangey Acer palmatum 'Katsura' and the burgundy hues of many others. OK, so they don't flower dramatically--some do have emerging leaves in colors vivid enough and shapes intriguing enough to challenge many a blossom. And then there's fall color, perhaps the Japanese maple's most attention-getting feature.
I have a unique opportunity to appreciate that not far from home. Of course I can revel in my own many maples, but a few miles away in wooded neighborhood, someone must have planted a few quite a number of years ago. Now, a whole swatch of woodland is awash in Japanese maples. They've been hybridizing themselves, and seeding around for years. And each fall, they put on the best show in town. Tempted though I am to take a shovel and do a little digging, I restrain myself and take only pictures. For more fall foliage photos, check in at The Home Garden, where Dave is hosting the Garden Bloggers' Fall Color Project.

7 comments:

tina said...

That would be an extremely hard temptation for me to resist. Good for you to do so!

nancybond said...

What spectacular color! Wonderful!

Gail said...

Wow! Your maples are beautiful. Your photography isn't shabby either!
I must thank Dave for directing me over here!

Gail
clay and limestone

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That's just stunning! Are you sure you didn't use a red filter on your lens?

Steve Silk said...

Hi all-Those maples are indeed spectacular. No need for any filters, which would just turn the whole picture a different color. But there is a trick: I shoot only on overcast days, or else early in morning or late in the evening, using a tripod, low ISO setting, and slow shutter speeds. Shooting under those soft lighting conditions really maximizes the color intensity of any gardenesque subject.

ginger said...

Wow! Capturing colors is an art you have perfected! Layanee @ Ledge and Gardens

Steve Silk said...

Hi Ginger/Layanee--Do you have an alter ego? Thanks for the color compliment. I've been working to make colorful photos for many years--it's always a challenge.