[By Tina Koyama in Seattle] Unlike the Northeastern and Midwestern parts of the U.S., the Pacific Northwest isn’t known for autumn color. We don’t get busloads of leaf peepers gawking and snapping photos as they tour the woods. Sometimes our leaves just turn brown and fall off.
Every now and then, however, the conditions will be perfect, and Seattle’s trees explode with color. This is one of those years, and I don’t have to go far to see the dazzling displays. Every day I’ve been going on my own personal leaf-peeping tours by driving around nearby neighborhoods. Even the grocery store where I shop each week has some of the most beautiful maples right in its parking lot (top of page).
We’re expecting heavy rain and wind over the next few days, so these maples may lose most of their leaves soon. Until then, I’m gawking and sketching as fast as I can.
|Maple Leaf neighborhood|