Trees

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By Derek Stoner, Middle Run Reforestation Coordinator

Red Maples along the edge of a pond at Brandywine Creek State Park. (photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

Red Maples along the edge of a pond at Brandywine Creek State Park. (photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

When asked what is my favorite time of year, I am often torn between the months of May and October.  Both have profusions of color, wildlife spectacles, and great scenery.  But the magical days of October when trees reach peak fall color are hard to beat.

The reds, oranges, and yellows of Sassafreas line a hedrwo at Woodlawn Preserve(photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

The reds, oranges, and yellows of Sassafras line a hedgerow at Woodlawn Preserve(photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

Today was one of those perfect October days.  After a gray and rainy day Saturday, a front cleared the skies for abundant sunshine and fantastic lighting on Sunday.  Travelling the backroads of northern Delaware, one stunning vista after another greeted my eyes.  Maples, tulip polars, sassafras, sycamores, oaks, witch hazels, and other spectacular native trees poured forth with color as a signal of the death of their leaves. (Technically, the shortening photoperiod forces a stoppage of chlorophyll production, causing leaves to reveal their true pigmentation “underneath” the green.)

Sycamores and Ash lend brown and yellow to the vibrant red of the Smith's Bridge over the Brandywine River (photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

Sycamores and Ash lend brown and yellow to the vibrant red of the Smith's Bridge over the Brandywine River (photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

While May is a season of re-birth and the start of the growing season, October brings us the death and end of a growing season.  While it is tough to see all the leaves finally fall to the ground, they provide a magnificent curtain call to honor another season of growth. 

Maples, Ash, and Spicebush color up the banks of the Red Clay Creek (photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

Maples, Ash, and Spicebush color up the banks of the Red Clay Creek (photo by Derek Stoner 10.25.09)

 Bravo for the great show!