Autumn Colors – Red Leaves on a Wild Rose & Rose Hips

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Autumn colors of a wild rose and rose hipsAutumn colors of a wild rose and rose hips – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

When I lived in Florida one of the things I missed was having four seasons, we basically had hot, hotter, hurricanes and about 4 weeks of cooler weather. While I lived there I missed Autumn’s colors.

Here in Utah I do see the colors of Autumn in the golds of aspens, cottonwoods and poplars, the reds of oaks on the hillsides. The rabbitbrush blooms in the autumn and shows off its bright yellow blooms. The fall colors are beautiful to my eyes and I appreciate them all.

Last week while photographing birds in northern Utah I saw a wild rose whose leaves and rose hips had turned a brilliant scarlet color for fall. I kept wishing that a bird would land on the wild rose but when the birds didn’t use it as a perch I felt I had to photograph this wild rose anyway. I don’t know which species of rose this is or whether it is native or introduced so next spring I will photograph it when it is blooming to try to determine which species it is, until then I now have this image of its scarlet red leaves glowing in the light of early morning.

I know, it isn’t a bird and I am a bird photographer but sometimes I have to focus on the other amazing things I see in the natural world.

Life is good.


2017-10-24T05:09:47+00:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Box Elder County, Shrubs, Utah|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments


  1. Patty Chadwick October 26, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Ellie Baby and Margot Rawlins spkoke for me, too. I love it all….except super hot, sweatyweather and anything that brings….except daylilies……

  2. Patty Chadwick October 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I can’t add to Margot Rawlins’ comment. She speaks for me, too….I like it all….

  3. Marty K October 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    We have 2-1/2 seasons here. Fall and summer are having a huge tug-of-war right now.

  4. Elephants Child October 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I am very grateful to live in a place with four seasons. And, with the exception of the sweaty season, I love them all.

  5. Margot Rawlins October 24, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I appreciate the photographs of other aspects of nature. Thank you for the daily dose of happiness.

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