Set 5 (2013)  of My Favorite Foliage Photographs
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

Before & After photos of nature's Autumn beauty --- Click Here

Mother Nature is once again painting the mountain slopes in front of my desk.
The full foliage season will once again be late due to not having a hard freeze in September.
But our mountain inns, hotels, and resorts are filled to the brim with tourists longing to new colors emerge with each sunrise

The pictures below contain some new and some old shots of our most popular season of the year
When the temperatures are comfortably cool, the air is crisp, and a color blanket is spreading among our glorious foliage
For me the season is a lot of work, but I love the work this time of year even though it is in many ways a season of death


Every year this tree is usually the first color of autumn that we can see from our lawn

This is Ore Hill as seen from our mail box
Iron ore used to be hauled down on the backs of mules to a smelter for fine Franconia Iron Stoves
North Kinsman Mountain is in the background

All our wonderful blooming annuals will soon die. I will have to dig them out of the ground and haul them off.

Soon these New Guinea Impatiens (my favorites that bloom magnificently all summer) will all look like this
These wonderful plants die when the night temperatures plunge below freezing

Our thousands of wild rose blooms have long since turned into red seed pods that look like cherry tomatoes

The last blooms to wither in autumn are the alyssum and the domestic roses
that can tolerate cold nights but eventually succumb to deeper cold nights

This is one of my favorite shots of Erika's roses
You can't imagine the work it takes by hand to keep Japanese beetles from eating the petals

Fortunately, our many wild rose bushes can remain naked all winter, but
the domestic roses have to be covered with mulch and burlap under the added cover of snow


Autumn is the rutting season when we must be especially careful driving
We once had a moose up here show up for our yard sale
The photograph below was taken by my friend Wes Lavin
Deer and bears scare off rather easily --- not so with a moose in the road


The Mountain View Grand Hotel and Golf Course in early autumn


Franconia Inn where we stayed when we stumbled on the retirement cottage we eventually bought about three miles away

This is our cottage at 190 Sunset Hill Road

This is an autumn view from inside the living room
The peaked mountain on the left is Mt. Garfield and the highest mountain visible in the picture is Lafayette

Soon Lafayette and Cannon will be blanketed in snow

We look out at Cannon Mountain about 10 miles to the east
This is a MSNBC photograph of snow and color on Cannon looking down toward our cottage

Sunrise on the birch grove behind my studio


These are two of my most favorite pictures that I took looking to the north from my desk
These rainbow pictures taken in autumn were not retouched

You can't believe how much work it is continually sweeping up leaves underneath this Maple tree

On the other side of this grove our wild flower field is now mowed and awaiting winter and then spring



Foliage ---

A leaf is an organ of a vascular plant, as defined in botanical terms, and in particular in plant morphology. Foliage is a mass noun that refers to leaves as a feature of plants. Typically a leaf is a thin, flattened organ borne above ground and specialized for photosynthesis, but many types of leaves are adapted in ways almost unrecognisable in those terms: some are not flat (for example many succulent leaves and conifers), some are not above ground (such as bulb scales), and some are without major photosynthetic function (consider for example cataphylls, spines, and cotyledons). Conversely, many structures of non-vascular plants, or even of some lichens, which are not plants at all (in the sense of being members of the kingdom Plantae), do look and function much like leaves. Furthermore, several structures found in vascular plants look like leaves but are not actually leaves; they differ from leaves in their structures and origins. Examples include phyllodes, cladodes, and phylloclades

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Leaves in temperate, boreal, and seasonally dry zones may be seasonally deciduous (falling off or dying for the inclement season). This mechanism to shed leaves is called abscission. After the leaf is shed, a leaf scar develops on the twig. In cold autumns, they sometimes change color, and turn yellow, bright-orange, or red, as various accessory pigments (carotenoids and xanthophylls) are revealed when the tree responds to cold and reduced sunlight by curtailing chlorophyll production. Red anthocyanin pigments are now thought to be produced in the leaf as it dies, possibly to mask the yellow hue left when the chlorophyll is lost—yellow leaves appear to attract herbivores such as aphids.

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Set 4 of My Favorite Foliage Photographs (2012) ---

Set 3 ---

Set 2 ---

Set 1 --- 
Autumn ---
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