Thursday, October 23, 2008

Shagbark Hickory Fall Color

Shagbark Hickory Fall Color
Carya ovata
(KAIR-yuh) (oh-VAY-tuh)
Skywatch Friday

There aren’t too many Hickory trees around here but you do see them. The Estate has Shagbark, Shell bark (Carya laciniosa) and Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra, I think). The best attribute of them is the fall color, although the Shagbark does add some nice texture to the garden. This picture was taken in Westchester County at the farm we have been tending the garden. I have never planted a Hickory but have heard that you should use the grafted ones. They produce nuts at a much earlier age.


It is thanks to Skywatch I took these photos. I wasn’t looking for a sky shot in particular but it was in the back of mind to maybe try a few foliage/sky pictures to use on Friday. It was a beautiful fall day and the light was good. This tree was large enough to be casting a golden glow on the floor of the woods that was beautiful.

This next picture is from the Pepsico Gardens in Purchase, New York. The sculpture is “Kiosque L’Evide” by Jean Dubuffet.

"Kiosque L’Evide” by Jean Dubuffet. 1970-1984. Painted Polyester Resin.

The Pepsico Gardens, or more correctly the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens, are full of photo opportunities. It is funny because last year I went way late in the season and most of the foliage was gone. This year when I went back it hadn’t really started so I was early. The place is always worth a visit no matter the time of the year. The above photos were shot with the Sigma 24mm/1.8 EX lens. I really do like the lens. It is an all around good performer, which is helpful.

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I wasn’t going to post his but what the heck. That Sugar Maple was in a group of three that was magnificent.

Claes Oldenburg ''Giant Trowel II''

16 comments:

Migs CFL fan said...

Beautiful photos with some amazing autumn colors. thanks for sharing!

Cheers!

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Aniqueanik said...

beautiful! nice shots especially the big leaves with the sky.:) mine is up now.

chrome3d said...

I absolutely loved this post. Great trees and that artwork is so brilliant. That trowel is so hilarious.

Pretty Life Online said...

Great catch for skywatch! Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize__ blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, and our own two eyes. All is a miracle!!! Happy skywatching! Hope too see you @ corner too...

Ivar Ivrig said...

A beautiful and colorful SWF post. Well done

Gretchen said...

Great shots! Where in the worlds is the giant trowel located? That's too funny! Like National Lampoon family having to visit the world's largest ball of string. :)

garden girl said...

wonderful shots! Love the fall colors!

AphotoAday said...

We certainly don't see much color like that out here on the west coast...

babooshka said...

Sensational images again

Shinade said...

Oh my these are all fantastic. but I especially like #2 and the last one.

The second one gives an incredible perspective.

http://shinade.blogspot.com/2008/10/skywatch-geese-in-flight.html

Happy SWF:-)

the teach said...

Digital, your photos are very creative and so well designed! Happy Skywatch Friday! :)

Dave Coulter said...

Very cool. Hickories are one of my favorite trees. Happy SWF!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I wouldn't know one tree from another. LOL! I really, really like the top photos. The gold against the white and blue is simply beautiful! And that huge spade in the last shot... love it!
:-)

Island Rambles Blog said...

The second photo is very unusual and I feel like I am right there, the third photo has so much depth and is so crisp...love the very last one ...oh heck..I loved them all...;-) cheerio.

Princess Haiku said...

I remember hickory nuts as being extremely hard to crack. Great photos.

Arija said...

Love the colourful trees and leaves. Nice shots.