It was another beautiful spring morning and I had a tiny bit of spare time… enough to stop by the park in Olmsted Falls. I spent a relaxing few minutes enjoying the fresh air, listening to water flowing over rocks in the nearby river, and observing the morning light's effects on the scenery around me. I was about to leave, not even having unpacked my camera, when I spotted some young tree leaves. They were lit up in a golden tone I haven't seen since last fall… in April. I can't explain the biology and physics at work here, not that it matters much to the resulting beauty of early morning light pouring through young tree leaves with a dark wall of rock as background. One day the weather is hot, the next morning there's frost on the windows. These leaves look like fall but the day felt like spring. Pardon me if I'm confused.
The picture is stunning, but I would be confused too. I wonder…was it a cold snap…or perhaps when they were planted has them confused? That is a puzzle!
Last week felt like autumn here (think jackets and scarves for the morning commute! – it was below 40 degrees a couple of mornings); this weekend has felt like summer – hovering around 90 degrees and unpleasantly humid today. I wouldn't be surprised if trees around me were very confused.
As best I can figure, the color is internal to the leaf. So that the top side of the leaf is red and green –a red maple, I think– but light shining through the leaf brings out the internal yellow. At least that's what I was seeing. — JG
Beautiful but I can see why you say it looks like Autumn. Hmmm…
Oddly this photo looks nearly identical to one I did shoot a year or so ago in the fall. — JG