About this time every fall, a walk through the woods causes us to look up at the coloured beauty of the deciduous trees as they relinquish their leafy greens.
However, if we only look up, we will miss the beauty of the forest floor.
Recently along the trails at Rotary Friendship Park, the undergrowth drew the attention of my husband and me. Summer green has paled or become a combination of yellow-green or yellow.
Taking in the full scene spread before us, the hint of orange-red with some summer green fills the spectrum for autumn colours right at our feet.
My favourite autumn scenes include ferns. Some stands of the feathery plants are almost completely yellow. A hint of green around the perimeter is the only remnant of summer’s colour. Red in the plants in the background enhance the scene.
Young trees add their own beauty to this stand of ferns.
Coniferous trees line the trail in some areas and ferns in various stages of colour fill the spaces between the trees.
Some species of ferns have yet to “autumnate” and their green adds another layer of colour which includes trees in the foreground and background.
While I love the new green on spring, the vegetation of autumn makes my heart sing.