The Red Colors of a Summer Forest
Summer in an eastern forest is all about green. Everything, so it seems, is green. We have adequate rainfall to thank for that. The green is a good thing, since it means that chlorophyll-containing plants are photosynthesizing, and therefore growing and releasing oxygen to the atmosphere. And it's just so darned pretty!
But what it also is, that green world, is a great backdrop for all the other color highlights to be found in the forests. Probably most people's favorite such color would be red. It's a rich color, uncommon enough in the woods to be special.
|Red maple, turning early|
|Red maple buds in spring|
|Blackgum, turning early|
|Dragonflies in the "mating wheel"|
|Red eft (juvenile red-spotted newt)|
|Red bellied woodpecker|