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Fall Foliage Epic Fail

  Does this look like mid October to you?

Last weekend I was in the Boston area, to visit family, not for the purpose of photographing the changing leaves. Fortunately, because I would have been really disappointed. I was still a little disappointed. When I looked at the foliage report a few days before I left, it was supposedly going to be peak color during my trip. As you can see, that didn’t happen. Most of the trees were still really green, and the ones that were changing seemed to be dull brown, not brightly covered.

It was still a good weekend. My grandparents are doing well for the most part. They are all in their mid to late 80s, so they do have health problems, but nothing new or catastrophic at the moment.

I had planned to walk around Boston and take pictures, but since the color was a disappointment, I mostly stuck to some parks near my parents house, south of the city. One new place I checked out was Mount Auburn Cemetery, which is where I took the picture of the Boston skyline. Its a really pretty place to walk, and if you like cemeteries, the old gravestones are interesting.


A dead Queen Anne’s Lace wildflower. One of my favorite wildflowers, I even like them after they are done blooming.

Virginia Creeper. I did manage to find some fall color, this bright red vine growing on the side of a trail.

I love all different pumpkins and squash. I took advantage of all the pumpkins displayed at a garden center to take some photos.

Birch Bark. This doesn’t grow in North Carolina, not where I live anyways. This is from a park near my parents house. I used to walk here all the time, but I don’t ever remember all the birch trees. There must have been some, and maybe I just never noticed because they aren’t that unusual in the New England area. Either way, its been about 15 years since I lived nearby, so what were a few seedlings, has turned into a grove of trees.

How is the foliage where you live? What are your favorite subjects for fall photography?

New! Maple Leaf Illustration

I’m really happy with this new illustration, of a maple leaf, that I finished. This all began with the silver maple tree in my yard, I love the shape and detail of the leaves, so I started drawing one in my sketchbook last fall, but didn’t finish it until last month, which you can see in this blog post of my sketchbook. Then I used my sketch as a basis for a digital illustration.
Now I’m contemplating a pair of these leggings created with my artwork on society6.   Shameless self promotion aside (although I really might get these leggings), there are a ton of great artists on society6, if you haven’t checked them out you should. And the artwork is available on a bunch of items, including wall tapestries, cell phone cases, and t shirts. So far, the only item of purchased is a tote bag. I’m happy with the quality of it, nothing special, just a canvas bag with handles, but its been on several trips to the farmers market and days at the beach.