After teaching today I took the opportunity to walk over to the Marywood campus to see if the autumn colors, despite their lateness, had come out. Indeed they had!

Figure 1. Ecdysiast oak. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

One of my fave-iest faves is the so-called (by me) ecdysiast oak (figure 1). It has a wider spectrum on it this year. I call it ‘ecdysiast’ because it provocatively exposes parts of its trunk by selectively holding its limbs away.

Figure 2. Roman holiday. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

My second favorite fall presence is the ‘Roman holiday’ (figure 2). Here two trees outside of Shields Hall have inosculated, and they put on a good show of a deep red and a golden yellow, like the heraldic colors of Rome.

Figure 3. Blood Tree! Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

This year I spotted Blood Tree! for the first time (figure 3). It’s like a shower of blood from the severed aorta of the green oak tree just in front of it.

Figure 4. Berry provocative. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

The bit of autumnal red-orange-yellow at bottom right serves as a foil to Berry provocative in cardinal-red berries with purple chasuble (figure 4).

Figure 5. Gold dust alley. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

You may detect that the wind had picked up by the time I photographed gold dust alley. It’s not really an alley, just the long narrow street, lined with golden trees, that leads back to the IHM complex and the Dunmore Cemetery.

Figure 6. Sympathetic oak. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

As though in sympathy with the maple next to it, some of this oak’s leaves are turning a deep red (figure 6).

Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens.

Figure 1. 70 mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/60 s.
Figure 2. 70 mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/40 s.
Figure 3. 70 mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/30 s.
Figure 4. 70 mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/20 s.
Figure 5. 36 mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/40 s.
Figure 6. 70 mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/15 s.

All edited in Apple Photos.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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