Fall Color Report: Marshall Pond

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Along the Coastal Trail in Redwood National Park, not far from the old Douglass Memorial Bridge Site there basks a large pond smothered in vegetation: Marshall Pond, a favorite haunt for birds. This pond is surrounded by some deciduous trees which might serve as an attractive fall color shot. Last December 11 I recorded the following image:

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Most of the leaves were gone then, although there are still some left. Also notice the reflections on the water. The pond was not so choked with vegetation last December! Now look at the same row of trees some ten months later:

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The water is covered in vegetation! Will it die back as the weather gets colder? And if so, how long will it remain? Will it clear in time to get reflection shots of the deciduous trees on the far bank? Does anyone know? Does anyone care?

A closer look clearly shows that the trees are starting to turn, although green dominates for now:

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The coastal trail swings around the pond and goes behind those trees. There I can find a bit more evidence of a few trees starting to turn:

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This sort of turning is typical of the tree in question (whatever tree it might happen to be). We have a number of deciduous trees that turn like this: a few leaves turn yellow, but most crinkle up and turn brown:

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Not all trees around Marshall Pond, however, follow this pattern:

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On the other side of Marshall Pond, looking east, there are a few deciduous trees that look promising, although in the backlight I could not detect that they were turning:

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Also some potential along the Klamath River from the Douglass Memorial Bridge Site:

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