Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

What is this "spirit' stuff they keep talking about?

Hey Joe! Read the sign..

Oh yea....Halloween... I'm glad we don't have to dress up
and go out looking for treats....

Happy Halloween to all my blogger buddies!!

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Are you the Perfect Tree?

You would think that as many trees as there were to choose from
finding the Perfect Tree would have been easy.... NOT!

Click the sign to read... As I traveled in my search I found many things to shoot... Like
this bridge in Bedford County

The stream, blue sky, and farmland, but no Perfect Tree

Mr. Red Belly didn't want to help, he was too busy
eating and storing suet

The Cemetery next to me had some great possibilities
but none stood apart from the other

Looking up I asked... Are you the Perfect Tree?

It seems you have some beauty among your limbs

I like looking up at you and standing beneath your
towering arms...

Mr. Carolina Wren, is checking out my new house
I got for my birthday. He likes the deer horn for a perch...
no help from him

Looking down into the valley you would think one Perfect
Tree would just jump out... Where are those bright vibrant
colors from years past....

Well now that you ask.....
Perhaps you've noticed that in some years, the red fall colors seem brighter and more spectacular than in other years. The temperature and cloud cover can make a big difference in a tree's red colors from year to year.
When a number of warm, sunny autumn days and cool but not freezing nights come one after the other, it's going to be a good year for reds. In the daytime, the leaves can produce lots of sugar, but the cool night temperatures prevent the sugar sap from flowing through the leaf veins and down into the branches and trunk. Anthocyanins to the rescue! This helps make sure that the tree will be ready for the next growing season. Anthocyanins give leaves the bright, brilliant shades of red, purple and crimson.

Will you help me find the Perfect Tree Mr. Skunk?

Are you asking what is an anthocyanins?
They are not present until the leaf begins breaking
down the chlorophyll, and have been shown to act as a "sunscreen",
protecting cells from high-light damage by absorbing blue-green
and UV light, thereby protecting the tissues

The red squirrel, Henry, is at a loss for words.. no
help here

This could have been a Perfect Tree....

But it had already released all of it's yellow and orange
colors and they've become a blanket for the grass

Aha! If only the sky was blue...when I came across this
tree in a golf course in Bedford County... Almost perfect?

You would have thought one of these trees would
be the Perfect Tree... but not quite up to standard

The amount of rain in a year also affects autumn leaf color.
A warm, wet period during fall will lower the intensity,
or brightness, of autumn colors.

Even on a rainy dark day you can still see the fall colors
shine through....and you know...

I think I will stop looking
for the Perfect Tree...and just enjoy the fall God has given

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

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