Monday, June 15, 2009

Oriental Ruby

Japanese Maple... Norfolk Botanical Garden
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"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trees are green during the summer and turn red in the fall.. but not these. These Japanese maple trees leaf out early in the spring and many varieties are red all summer long; the red hue deepens and brightens as the fall approaches. When pruned correctly their strong branches run through the red foliage like dark veins and there is nothing so stunning as the light shining through this canopy of red. One of these trees will be an addition to our property in the near future... until then I can always go to the botanical garden and sit beneath the draping limbs on a large boulder and drink in the beauty.

What I wonder, as I look at these leaves could they possibly attain an even brighter and more intense ruby red color than they have now.....magic!

Visit Ruby Tuesday for more exotic flaming gems.

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