Tangerine leaves and caves with a view

It is hard to beat the fall season in our Northern hemisphere and this years displays of colours have been second to none. Now it seems that no matter how hard I try I can’t convey the rainbow of amazing colours that dance before our eyes…and this year is no exception. Climatologists are saying that because of our harsh past winter and wet summer the colours are especially vivid and my Bruce Trail hiking partner Cheryl and I can attest to that! Our favourite shade has been one that Cheryl describes as tangerine.

Tangerine leaves

On the trail this past week the contrast between the mossy, still green covered boulders and the fallen leaves was like looking through a kaleidoscope.

Fall on the Bruce

Looking out at the littered jewels from a cave where we sheltered from the rain, we happily munched our lunch and stayed dry…we wondered if others had sheltered here before us .

Cave with a view

I think this is my four-legged hiking buddy Ivy’s favourite season too. Her never-ending and futile quest to catch squirrels is at fever pitch as they scurry on the forest floor collecting acorns for the winter.

Four year old Ivy

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41 Responses to Tangerine leaves and caves with a view

  1. Sartenada says:

    Gorgeous colors of Tangerine. The landscape in Your beautiful photos is beautiful and inviting. I love this kind of landscape. Thank you for this lovely post.

  2. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful, your winters are so much more beautiful than ours down under

  3. Beautiful colours indeed. And I like using mandarin as a description.

  4. These are some of the best autumn-color photos I’ve seen. Here on St. Simons Island, GA, our colors (what few deciduous trees there are), are reaching their peak. Nothing like your photos, but not bad for the southern coast. ~James

    • Yes we’ve been lucky with our colours this year – some say it’s because last winter was so harsh and this year has been so damp and that causes some kind of brilliance in the colour.

  5. restlessjo says:

    I agree- the tangerine is wonderful 🙂

  6. pommepal says:

    Those colours and fallen leaves are stunning. Dogs make any walk memorable with their antics.

  7. noe says:

    What a stunning view, and the dog is lovely 😉

  8. Sheryl says:

    I love to hike in autumn. The leaves are beautiful–and the temperature is generally perfect for hiking.

    • My favourite time too but this is a rocky trail along the peninsula and you have to watch your step with all that camouflage.

      • Sheryl says:

        This reminds me of a time when I was hiking in a national park in the fall and got lost because it was difficult to tell which trail was the main one with all the fallen leaves.

  9. Beautiful autumn leaf colours! Ivy looks very alert, but I bet those squirrels are too fast for her. 🙂

  10. We were in the Owen Sound area – around Coffin Ridge. We haven’t been walking the /Bruce in order of the maps…after starting off in the Niagara region and completing maps 1-5 we headed to the Owen Sound/Bruce peninsula area for the summer so that we could overnight at Cheryl’s place. We’re headed back to Hamilton for our last 3 days of the year and we’ll pick it up again in the early spring – loving it!

  11. joannesisco says:

    How lucky for you to be out on the Bruce enjoying these fabulous colours!!! Your pictures are so beautiful … nothing I took this week looked as good as these.
    I never get tired of looking at pictures of the Escarpment! What part were these ones taken?

  12. Our fall colours this year have been especially spectacular…you have your proximity to those amazing beaches that I envy too!

  13. Gunta says:

    If there’s anything I miss here on the west coast, it’s the tangerine and scarlets of autumn. We have mostly conifers and a few touches of color, but nothing like the swaths of flaming color you have.

  14. Sue Slaght says:

    Fantastic colours and I love the photo of Ivy. Just waiting for another squirrel to pop out!

  15. Colline says:

    These are beautiful.

  16. margaret21 says:

    Wonderful colours indeed. Our UK autumn has been quite prolonged: starting early, but then lasting until the last few days when we got the back-end of Gonzago tugging at the last leaves. Though actually, as I look out of the window. there are still some russet leaves to go yet….

  17. Gallivanta says:

    Tangerine is certainly a good description of the colour. How beautiful it all is. Ivy is looking particularly beautiful. 🙂

  18. Lavinia Ross says:

    Oh, that reminds me of my New England homeland! The ledge also reminds me of a ledge in the woods across the street from where I grew up. I spent many a time up there, looking out from a little cave in the ledge that was lined with moss and ferns. The ledge also had a history, being near a boarding stable. A horse had escaped and fallen of the ledge onto the rocks below, dying there. I sometimes thought I heard something on the ledge above me, and was spooked time to time. It was easy as a youngster to let the imagination run wild up there.

    • Isn’t it interesting what forests and caves and cliffs can do to our imagination – bring back our inner child perhaps? Your story resonates with us because as we sheltered in our little cave we wondered what stories the cave or the woods could tell in the many millennia that they may have existed…thanks for sharing.

  19. Mike says:

    Nice. Pumpkin chases squirrels also. Years a go she caught a small one that must have been hurt. It scratched her nose up and she brought it in the house and left it by the bar, dead. Lovely surprise.

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