Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Yosemite Trip III: ABC Wednesday, R for Red Maple

If you drive into Yosemite National Park in October or November, before reaching the Yosemite Village, by the sentinel bridge, you cannot not notice this brilliant red maple.

However, as I mentioned in our previous blog, most of the trees in the Sierra have yellow leaves in autumn. This is not a native tree. It was brought in from the East by the pioneers.

There were much discussions of whether this tree should be removed since it is not a native species of the Yosemite National Park.

Eventually, the tree is considered as part of the National Park's history and stayed.

We were glad that it stood there to welcome us when we arrived in the late afternoon. It greeted us with the most brilliant fall color under the setting sun.

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14 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! How gorgeous! The colors are so stunning! I did the same "red"! Such delightful shots! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

photowannabe said...

Stunning color and the most fabulous place. I love Yosemite.

Anna said...

Simply quite beautiful !

Carol said...

Great autumn shots...beautiful colors...

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful trees and a lovely Red for R.

Leslie: said...

Ah, lovely shots of the maple in its autumn glory! Unfortunately, most of our leaves are on the ground now, soaking up all the rain! :D

Paula Scott said...

What a treat to 'be with you' for parts of this Yosemite trip! And to enjoy the fruits of your labor! What lovely, lovely images of fall!

Jama said...

beautiful colors!

fickleinpink said...

simply amazing colors!
have a great day!
come and visit my ABC if you have the time!


xoxo

Jay said...

Oh, I'm so glad to hear that they decided not to remove the tree! How could they even think to do it? It's so beautiful, and being mature, is hardly going to cause much of a problem now. OK, it can seed (presumably) but that's how areas evolve and change, and providing it will not harm the ecology by remaining, remain it must!

Gorgeous photos, by the way, especially the top one, and the real close up of the leaves with the dark branches. Love it!

Q said...

Stunning!
I enjoyed Yosemite in July 2000.
I attended a Star Party...such an amazing place.
Sherry

Tumblewords: said...

Those leaves are so special! A beautiful series of photos!

Roger Owen Green said...

Have a bunch of red maple leaves to RAKE, but I don't mind...much.

Amanda said...

what gorgeous photos and brilliant fall colors!!! I especially like the first photo and the low lying clouds on the mountains!!! happy skywatch =)

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