Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fall's Other Colors

After the leaves are gone from the hardwoods, late Fall/early Winter take on their own colors in the mountains. The evergreens, needle trees such as the pine and broad leaf trees like the mountain laurel, add their deep greens to the mountainsides. Lichen, and dozens of moss species enrich the palate with gray-green to chartreuse hues. Then there are galax, which turn red after the first freeze, dried flower pods still on the stalks, crimson berries of the mountain ash, ... and you get the picture (pun intended).