Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Dogwood - Lin Frye

My Dogwood by linfrye
My Dogwood, a photo by linfrye on Flickr.

10" x 14" Watercolor
Arches 140 CP

I've begun to see a FEW trees in red glory this autumn, but for the most part, I think the ribbon for foliage color - at least in piedmont NC - has to go to the dogwoods. Despite several years of drought, unseasonably warm summers and short winters, the 'red ribbon' belongs to those persistent and delicate trees that, despite the quickly falling leaves from their taller neighbors, are still a brightly shining scarlet. Second runner-up this year are the sumacs - their bright reds competing neck-and-neck with the dogwoods.

But when the sun's just right, the hickories can look almost golden. Without that magical light enhancement, however, the hickories are a far dull yellow. Sycamore and tulips have lost most of their leaves, and the late-color-changing oaks are a dull brown rather than a vibrant sepia. In my neck of the woods, this isn't a 'fall showing' to write home about.

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that there still might be a bit more color change the first few weeks of November. I remember some years when our color peak came with Thanksgiving. We'll see.

Meanwhile, I'm pinning ribbons on the dogwoods!

Lin Frye
North Carolina


  1. Lovely colours Lin. Wouldn't this make a beautiful Christmas card?

  2. I love the dogwoods too, Lin! This is so pretty...

  3. Wow, such vivid colours! I like it very much.

  4. Another unmistakably lovely "Lin Frye" painting. Your work is always so vibrant. I just brought in a dogwood limb (that broke off in a windstorm)and put it in a vase. So pretty.

  5. This is incredibly beautiful. Fills my eyes to the brim.

  6. Tis makes me want to go out and find some dogwoods..... for full of fall color.


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