The Last Colors of Fall

 The last tree to turn colors in this area is the Bradford Pear. Today I photographed the pear trees around Woody’s Fishing Lake about five miles north of me. Over this entire area, these multicolored trees stand out all the more because so many of the other trees have lost their leaves. They are unusual because they first turn yellow, then orange, then red, then purple. In the spring they are the first trees to flower, bursting into giant white pom poms in an otherwise dormant landscape.  Although in the pear family, they actually produce very small uneatable fruits, as are visible in the photo below. They just might be the perfect seasonal tree here in the mountains.

 

 The second photo was made near the town of Old Fort at the base of the Eastern Continental Divide.

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