Sepia Saturday - Red Tree

This being the autumn season the leaves are turning colour around here. The green chlorophyll leaves and what you see is the true pigment in the leaf. Our area on the Atlantic coast is one of the last to have peak colour foliage in New England due to the warming effect of the ocean air.

My childhood home was in a rural area that bordered a lot of swampy lowland. There were many of what we called "swamp maples." The swamp maples seemed to change color first every year. Not only did they change first but they seemed to be the most glorious of trees

We had this one tree on the side of our yard we referred to as the "red tree" simply because it turned a blazing red colour every fall. There it is in background of this photo. Our family albums are loaded with people posed in front of the "red tree." This photo is a bit faded but it is truly the reddest tree you will ever see. My sister and I are posed here probably on a Sunday morning ready for church.

I had an opportunity a few years ago to see the red tree again. It is still thriving and is still as bright red as it always was.


One downside to living near a lot of beautifully coloured maple trees is that those leaves eventually fall. Guess who had to rake them? 
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Nana Jo said…
You were a handsome little boy! Funny how we have our favourite places for posing and taking pictures. I have just realised that since moving here, I have posed and photographed every single guest in front of the maple tree on my patio; my own 'red tree'.
Unknown said…
True as Nana Jo mentioned we seem to pose our photos in the same place. No wonder that is a glorious tree and two cute young folks. Great post.
Marilyn & Jeff said…
Lovely photo of yourself and you sister and it certainly is a beautiful tree. What a show for autumn. Each time you see swamp maples you must be reminded of these ealier days.
Meri said…
You might have had to rake them, but that would also mean big piles to jump in. Did you have a burning barrel?
Nancy said…
You tree is very beautiful and you and your sister are adorable. Don't you love fall? It is my favorite season for richness of the colors. It's fun that the red tree was so often the background to your photos. Our family never had a favorite spot for photos.

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