Thursday, September 29, 2011
Fall Colors Getting More Intense
The top three photos today are of a small plant I spotted in a dry ditch near Quincy. It looks to me like a member of the nightshade family (tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers, and poisonous nightshade, among others), but I'm not sure. Click on a photo for a close-up. An elegant berry. Anyone recognize it?
The bottom three photos are a sampler of the fall colors appearing rapidly around Quincy: Oregon Grape, Maple, and Virginia Creeper. The native maples in town, Bigleaf Maple and Mountain Maple, tend to turn yellow or brown, but the many non-native types often get brilliant red and orange. There are too many non-native maples around town for me to keep up with - Silver, Norway, Sugar, etc., etc. One of Quincy's great features in the fall, and they're just getting started.