Citrus Rising

28 September 2018 – And now the deciduous trees start to show their true colours — the colours hidden by summer’s green, only to shine out at us in fall when all that chlorophyll breaks down.

Though red does turn up out here (contrary to my snotty eastern-Canadian assumptions), lemony yellow is dominant.

It’s there year-round in arbutus bark but, this time of year, also sets the theme for a visit to the VanDusen Botanical Garden.

The turtles still bask, but now the greenery in and around Livingstone Lake is tinged with yellow. and the lily pads have lost their flowers.

It’s the same over on the R. Roy Forster Cypress Pond …

and — despite one shot of red  — in the colours on, around and reflected in the Pond’s surface.

Grasses glow by Heron Lake …

and the leaves of a shrub on a nearby trail are edged with gold.

Most of the yellow I see is a sign of fall decay, yet in places it instead brings us fresh growth. These Yellow Waxbells are just now bursting into bloom.

Yellowing lily pads are background to the fountain on Heron Lake, whose bright waters throw a heron, lower right, into dark silhouette.

His iconic pose is caught in the cut-out design on the back of every bench in the Visitor Centre forecourt.

Afternoon sunshine streams through. More gold.

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  1. Beautiful photos. So calm. Thank you.

  2. Wonderful photos. 🙂 I just posted a photo of some bright red bushes in NWT. I don’t know what they’re called but they’re impressive.

  3. Blane Hogue

     /  29 September 2018

    What your pieces demonstrate more than anything is the difference between seeing and observing. I would say many people see the places and sites you photograph and comment on, but would be amazed and surprised at your observations about them.

  4. Such a nice wander through Fall…yes, few reds and oranges, but precious little snow to shovel either. 😉 It’s clever to add the madrone bark to the Fall color round-up, and I love the reflections in the fourth photo. And what are wax bells? I don’t recognize that flower.

    • Aha, I took a photo of the label, so I can tell you the Yellow Waxbell is Kirengeshoma palmata, a member of the Hydrangea family native to Japan & Korea…

      • Thank you! I do know that plant – not well, and more for the leaves and shape than the flowers, only because (if I remember right) I’ve seen it more often at other times of the year. A handsome plant.

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