Photo Thursday: Memories of Fall in Chicago

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(Last Updated On: October 17, 2018)

We had a late, drawn-out fall in Minnesota that peaked and ended within a week. I measure this by the giant maple in the neighbor’s yard that turns brilliant yellow in the fall. It went like this:

  • Day 1: The maple is full of leaves showing just a hint of color
  • Day 2: The weather suddenly turns cold and a light snow falls.
  • Day 4: The maple has become completely swathed in gold.
  • Day 6: Every leaf has fallen from the maple and is burying neighborhood years under a thick blanket. Fall is over.

While I’m glad to know that trees have some ability to react to the threat of limb-breaking snow, it made for a much too sudden end to the fall.

So I’m still wanting it to be fall and wishing there had been more time to enjoy the fall leaves when I was in Chicago. It already feels as if it were a very long time ago. I hope these images capture that half-remembered sense of fall in Chicago.

It’s hard to believe it was just a few weeks ago.

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Very cool photos. Did you use a filter? I am amazed too at how quickly a tree can go from peak colour to nothing. Looks like we’re into our 4th weekend in a row of snow.

Love the textures you’ve given your photos. Pretty neat!

Very nice! I feel like we go through the same cycle here in NY.

Cool texture filter on your photos. It’s interesting that fall goes by so quickly. Living in Texas and now in Malaysia, I’ve never really experienced a “real” autumn leaf change. I always thought the colorful leaves hung around for weeks.

Wow Cindy, love these photos! They have great texture and they look very painterly. Great job!