Creative photos and essays from the San Juan Islands


Falling leaf

Falling leaf

At Roche Harbor on the north end of the island the red maples (well, they’re green in the summer, but turn bright red in the fall) are losing their leaves. I happened to catch one as it fell, the motion causing it to blur.

The lower photo is of a young deer feeding on the leaves as they fall in the gutter at the side of the road. That reminds me of when I was a kid, I loved the red candies the best. The JuJu beads, the Necco wafers, and the JuJyfruits. Oh, and the Dots, and, of course, the Life Savers! Later came the gummi-bears and the Skittles.

I wonder if the red color of berries (and apparently leaves) are more attractive to wildlife. I’ve heard tell that red is a favorite of guys. That supposedly is why lipstick is attractive on women, so it’s not just the flavor of the red candy that we like.



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