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Tuesday trees: subtlety

November 6, 2012

The subtle shades of the trees at the tail end of autumn are some of my favourite colours of the year. Beech’s fiery glow dies down to warm amber and aubergine; sycamores  and birch are bare-twigged already, sage green and purple. The oaks each have their own colour, some soft green, others faded bronze and gold. Every day now, the embers of autumn’s fire fade a little more: more bare branches appear in the woods, as winter inches towards us.

You might enjoy November riches: silver and gold.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2012 8:31 pm

    nice views. you can see which way the wind was blowing, especially in the top photo.
    most of our leaves are fast disappearing.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 6, 2012 10:15 pm

      I wonder which of us will get snow first this year…?

  2. boyd permalink
    November 6, 2012 9:15 pm

    There is something very Scot (whatever the adjective is) about the colourings here. In North Am. when colours are subdued like that they usually add the word “heather” to the description. At any rate I can easily see scarves and toques and sweaters in these colours. beautiful.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 6, 2012 10:25 pm

      That’s a very interesting observation, Boyd. I hadn’t thought of these subtle colours as being especially Scottish, yet I too often think of our tweeds and tartans when I look at the landscape about me. These traditional cloths used to be woven with wool dyed with natural colours from roots and leaves, so the connection between our landscape and our clothing is indeed very strong.

  3. hmunro permalink
    November 6, 2012 10:50 pm

    I should very much like to wear a tartan made from the colors in your lovely photos, DB. They would suit the subdued Heather in me right to the ground, I think! Thank you for sharing a bit of bonnie Scotland … she is especially beautiful, when seen through your eyes.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 6, 2012 10:54 pm

      Heather need not always be subdued, remember. In the summer she can be white, fuschia, brilliant magenta – but always a delight! 🙂

  4. November 7, 2012 12:13 am

    Such gorgeous shots, amazing colours, and the second one has a frosty look about it!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 8, 2012 11:02 pm

      We’ve had a lot of bright and frosty mornings – I expect you’ve had them too – which make the colours sing. 🙂

  5. November 7, 2012 8:24 pm

    These do look like paintings.
    Interesting the comment about how the fabrics mimic the landscape – hadn’t thought about it – but true

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 8, 2012 11:04 pm

      They make me want to paint – or to weave, in fact.

  6. November 8, 2012 6:12 pm

    Lovely photos, DB, and yes, I think of these colours as being quintessentially Scottish. We’re surrounded by them up here in the North, though our silver birch still has some of her leaves. You autumn is really early this year.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 8, 2012 11:05 pm

      I’m sure you will be enjoying beautiful colours in Sutherland just now. There is a different light up there I think – a sea light, perhaps.

  7. Julia Miller permalink
    November 9, 2012 2:58 pm

    My daughter and children have honored your Tuesday Trees. My 2nd grandson was born November 6. The interesting story is when I was attempting to entertain her 18 month old, Byron, while she fed the new baby. I took Byron out to enjoy the afternoon sun. We played in the yard with a red ball. He was more interested in the leaves and pine needles that had fallen. Byron poked his little hand picking up a pointed pine cone. He looked at the object with confusion. I distracted him with a shrub. Byron was very entertained shaking the branches and giggled. He then became interested in the nearby tree. The branches are high off the ground. The bark was very rough and unique. Some type of Pine. Byron began picking up the leaves and pine needles from the ground and trying to stick them back on the tree. What a character! It’s amazing to take away all the toys and let nature entertain! Thank you for opening my eyes to the trees that surround me.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 9, 2012 6:29 pm

      Thank you for sharing that delightful moment, Julia, and congratulations on your grandchildren! Too sweet that Byron was trying to stick the leaves back on the tree. 🙂

  8. November 9, 2012 9:51 pm

    Such beautiful and subtle colours. I was thinking of your beautiful trees when hearing about the dreadful “ash dieback” disease. Do you have many ash trees in your woodlands? I hope they survive!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      November 9, 2012 10:35 pm

      It’s dreadful, isn’t it. I keep thinking that I must write about it. We do not have very many ash trees here, but I have learned to love the ash since moving here and would be so sad if they go. The only hope is that some will develop natural immunity to the disease.


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