Late Afternoon: Early December

Hi River Roaders,

Most of the photos I’ve taken for this blog over the year were taken in early or mid-morning. This week for a change of pace I went around 3:00 on a sunny afternoon to experience the low-angle light from the west.

Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) is probably the most common shrub in front of the building. This one in full glory is along the entrance drive. It was so bright and red that I had to check to make sure it wasn’t an invasive burning bush.

We planted four Red Chokeberries (Aronia arbutifolia “Brilliantissima”) at the entrance to the upper path.

Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is also a common tree in front of the building. The larger trees have already dropped their leaves, but this smaller tree keeps hanging on.

I did a double take when I saw this photo – “What lake is that?” Then I realized it was the three hollies to the left of the plaza. Seeing things in a new light changes everything.

The Memorial Garden looking toward the bridge. The red shrub is a Korean Spice Viburnum, and the white branches are Crepe Myrtle.

Late afternoon shadow from the Crepe Myrtle.

The last leaves on a maple tree.

A different view of the bell tower, after the leaves are off the trees.

Side light on the trees in the native plant garden.

Enjoy your week and get outside if you can!