The end of summer

Posted by lwpetersen | August 31, 2013 | outdoors

It’s nearing the end of summer; the leaves have just begun to change. Daylight is quickly disappearing with every day shortened by nearly seven minutes. The night is starting to take hold. One evening last week I took the camera out to the back yard to try to capture the foliage of our boreal forest as the leaves were on the fringe of turning.

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Since I took these photos we’ve had two mornings of frost; one morning the house thermometer read 22&#0176 F. The temperatures have moderated a bit with day-time highs getting into the 40’s and 50’s, nights in the 30’s and 40’s. What’s really incredible is how fast the foliage has changed! Fast-forward 10 days:

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The birch are starting to turn yellow

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There’s hardly any green fireweed left.

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The forest floor is brilliantly red! It’s almost cranberry season.

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