It Makes Me See Red!

Red Maple
Acer (from the Latin for "maple") rubrum (from the Latin, "red"), Red Maple, also known as Swamp Maple

This beautiful tree grows in low, rich woods, along the margins of lakes, marshes, and swamps, in wet thickets, and on floodplains and stream terraces.  This particular tree was photographed at Three Mile Brook, a small rivulet of water that flows through a wooded area, close to a secondary road.  It is one of the first trees to show colour in the fall, making an early fall spectacle of itself against the surrounding vegetation which is still lushly green.  It’s a sure sign that Autumn is starting to spin her fall tapestry.

Red Maple


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

14 thoughts on “It Makes Me See Red!”

  1. Oooooh, oooooh, oooooooh! Beautiful! I love the second photo. I’m always a fan of reflection photos like that. The tree is just gorgeous!

    This is a perfect spot for that sort of photo, Kylee — the water is very slow moving, controlled by a small, cement damn. Farther up the “brook” is a Duck’s Unlimited sanctuary, so the area is well looked after, even though it looks rather forgotten in some of these photos. :)

  2. I remember this spot from last year, is it time already? This is a place where one could get lost in her own thoughts while gazing at that tree’s reflection in the water. Yummy but sad at the same time.

    It is the same spot, Frances, only about a week later than the photos from last year. The scene doesn’t change much. I do think our peak fall colour is going to be much later than last year, however — these maples are the first “full” change of colour I’ve seen. And we have a week of summery weather stretching ahead of us. :)

  3. Great photos! I can’t wait to see more fall color. Acer rubrum is one of the best for fall color.

    It’s one of the first trees to show colour around here, Dave. I think the rest of the trees are going to be much later. :) Which, really, is okay by me.

  4. That reflection lends itself to rotating through 90 degrees. Makes you look again, and appreciate the clarity of the reflection all over again.

  5. Is it really time for the red trees Nancy! It seems so early! But it is a gorgeous tree and it is reflected so beautifully. It’s rare for Nashville to have much red during the fall…… Luckily for me, I know folks who do! gail

  6. Great shots Nancy – I’m off to SC later this week and really hoping to catch the early autumn colours there! Just wait ’til you see some of our UK colours when I get home.

  7. Yikes, I don’t know what happened to my post. It might repeat. Anyway, I said, OMG! These photographs are beautiful. Now I know what kind of tree to plant in my front yard. It’s been raining so much here, a swamp tree ought to do good.

    Then I think I hit the enter key.

    Who knows. I want a red maple for my front yard to go against the gray house. Fred says it will drip on the cars. I thought, who cares? I guess I will have to move it over toward that big flowerbed. Who cares. I am getting old and I want some shade.

    They are both really good shots and the second one is probably the best one of the two, but I like the first one because of all that red and those dead trees.

    Off to dentist.

  8. I love, I love the red maple. Some look down on it as compared to the sugar maple, but there is no color, no red in the world as beautiful to me. Lovely pics. What a season we are in! The summer flower gardens up in the trees!

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