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Deciduous vs. Coniferous

Have you ever wondered why some trees have leaves while others have “needles”?

There are two basic systems for trees, and each has its own advantages and drawbacks. And of course, as can only be expected – there are exceptions to all the “rules!”

Two types of coniferous tree needles. (MPF via Wiki)

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Fall Photos, Batch 2

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Fall Photos, Batch 1

I finally got outside with my camera and took a few fall photos, which I find to be highly reparative for the soul. If you’ve been outside enjoying this fleeting season with your camera too, leave a link to your photos in the comments section.

From a distance, Rabbitbrush is a pretty nondescript plant. But up close…

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Weekly Photo Wunderbar

Even though winter is a hard time for me (the long, dark hours make it hard to do anything but sleep and read books) – like a lot of people – autumn possesses some very real magic. What I notice the most is that the increasingly sideways position of the sun casts a beautiful slanted light onto everything, and some days it feels like a perpetual sunset.

Besides that, the colors that come through in deciduous plants is breathtaking and if I’m not careful, I go driving off the side of the road, entranced. Big fat clouds, sometimes thick and dark with rain, roll through, creating a drama of light that is unparalleled in any other season. I’m not very good at capturing it on (what we used to call) film, but I give it my best. (And then completely oversaturate everything post-process, really, so that it will match how I see it in real life: full, deep, and rich.)

Few things scream autumn like the fire of an aspen tree against a blue sky.