Sunday, October 20, 2013

Scrub Oak in Autumn

Here in northern Utah many of our hills and mountains are covered with what we call scrub oak bushes.  I'm sure that is not the 'official' name, but that name fits them well. The leaves are definitely oak shaped but other than that, these scrubby bushes do not much resemble their more beautiful relatives, the tall and majestic mighty oak trees.  Most of the year, scrub oak is not very impressive, although it does green up our desert mountains in the summer.  But come fall, these bushes are in their brilliant glory, arrayed in shades of gold, rust, yellow, red, orange, bronze, and every other color of fall.  

I read somewhere just recently that we should take a lesson from how leaves end their life cycle.  They don't fade away quietly, they end their lives with a colorful and brilliant blaze of glory.  I like that thought!!  

10 comments:

Mersad said...

Beautiful fall colors. So vibrant and cheerful.

Sandra said...

so beautiful and I like that idea of going out in a blaze of glory... now i have to figure out HOW... since i am staring that time in the face

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is beautiful. I too like the thought of ending our lives in a blaze of glory.

Montanagirl said...

That is just gorgeous! God sure knew what he was doing when he threw Fall into the mix!

Silvina Soave said...

Una belleza la toma, el color y el paisaje!!
Abrazos desde Argentina.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is the name I know it by. Boy, that photo is brilliant.

diane b said...

Just beautiful colours. yes that sounds like good advice.

Robin Lamb said...

Karen, what great colour!

Suzanne said...

I just spent 10 days in Northern Georgia hoping to see a simple "scrub oak" with colors like these. Thanks for showing me what they should look like this time of year!!

Julie Hargreaves said...

Beautiful photo