Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumn Show Stopper...


or maybe a walk or run stopper.  This tree along the Jemison Trail in Mt. Brook stops me every autumn.  While it has the appearance of an evergreen, at this time of year there's not a green needle to be had.  Maybe some of my expert readers can enlighten us.  For now, enjoy the color.

20 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The shape of the leaves looks similar to a mesquite, except our mesquite trees in Arizona remain green all year.

Olivier said...

belle couleur.

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Just enjoy the glorious colors Virginia.
Costas

s.c said...

It could be a swamp cypress. Is it a little wet there sometimes. But still a nice autnum shot.

brattcat said...

such a delightful composition.

Rambling Round said...

What an autumn beauty!

Rachel said...

I love the color and texture of it. I have no idea what it could be, but it sure is striking, especially backed by that blue.

Lynette said...

Impressive photo. Thanks for stopping to take it!

Luis Gomez said...

AWESOME!

Daryl said...

Well, one thing for certain its not an evergreen ...

Virginia said...

Thanks to Peter in Colorado who emailed me that he believes it's a bald cypress ( or swamp cypress) but asked if it had small nutlike cones. I don't think so.
V

altadenahiker said...

I say we go with Peter's answer.

Lowell said...

Whatever, it is certainly striking and colorful. We have some evergreens that look like that but I think they're dead! :-)

bfarr said...

Sure is pretty, but I am clueless as to the species.

cathy said...

Up here where I live (Northwestern Ontario, Canada) we have a tree called a tamarack and its needles turn yellow and then fall off leaving it bare in the winter. This isn't a tamarack though....

Bob Crowe said...

Holy bleep, what an eye-zinger. Love how you got the color vibe with the azure sky and green tree. I'm no help with the botany, for sure.

FancyHorse said...

Maybe a bald cypress? Do they grow in B'ham? They are deciduous, and change color in the fall. This is a beauty, whatever it is!

JM said...

So very beautiful! Well done, V.

Dystopos said...

the "Dawn Redwood" (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) at the Botanical Gardens looks a lot like this.

TheChieftess said...

gorgeous shot!!! LOVE the colors!