Green Leaves Ignite!

“Green leaves ignite, transformed by a kaleidoscope of incinerating colors—devil-red, burnt tangerine, caramelized amber, searing saffron, and smoldering crimson-purple. The air is impregnated with the aromatic perfume of orchard fruits ripening in the fleeting flush of the sun’s warm light. Hazy, slanting rays gild the late season glory in the garden. Surrounded by flowers of dissipating beauty and juxtaposed against the dazzling brilliance of autumn foliage, we are urged to spend every possible moment savoring our gardens before the onset of winter.”

Excerpt from my book Oh Garden of fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden. Written and Illustrated by Kim Smith, David R. Godine, Publisher. To read more of this excerpt, click link: Exquisite Flora in Autumn.

Beautiful saffron yellow maple found, glowing gold in a shady knoll beneath a hardwood tree canopy, at Bradley Palmer State Park.

I believe this little tree is a Japanese maple tree, not typically found in a forest of North American native trees.

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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6 Responses to Green Leaves Ignite!

  1. Ann Kennedy says:

    Kim, your descriptive paragraph of the autumn leaves is wonderful. And yes, I believe that’s a type of Japanese maple–I’m blogging letters from Japan and photos now and there are many maples in the photo collection (though not yet posted), and visiting the changing maples was/is a tradition in Japan. Your photos are always stellar.

    • Kim Smith says:

      Thank you Ann for your very kind words. I just subscribed to your wonderful “Haddock and Dill” blog and will look forward to seeing future posts with the Japanese maples–and magnolias I imagine, too!

  2. mammaw says:

    Kim I love your work and words

  3. Ann Kennedy says:

    Thank you! The photos are Kodachrome slides taken by my dad in the early 50s, but the color is still pretty good for the most part.

  4. Kim Smith says:

    I love the vintage look of the Kodachrome slides–looking forward to seeing all!

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