Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gorgeous Trees

Tree 1
In my neighborhood, there are many very beautiful trees that have turned different colors.  My mom was driving me to my swimming class when I noticed how beautiful they were.  We had a camera in the car, so I got some very gorgeous photos.  The trees I saw were red, orange, yellow, brown, and purple. 
Tree 2
Tree 3
 Here are some facts about the colors of the leaves:
  • Chlorophyll is what gives leaves their basic green color.  The sunlight helps trees manufacture sugars for their food.
  • Carotenoids  produce the colors yellow, orange, and brown colors in such things as corn, carrots, and daffodils, as well as rutabagas, buttercups, and bananas.
  • Anthocyanins give color to such familiar things as cranberries, red apples, concord grapes, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and plums. 
Tree 4
My favorite kind of trees are tall, big, wide, red, orange, yellow, brown, purple.  There is a busy street near our home that is lined with huge, colorful trees. It is one of my favorite streets to drive on in the fall.

At the end of the day, we had so many photos that it was really hard to choose which ones to add to this post.

Tree 5
Tree 6
Tree 7

Tree 9
Tree 8

Which photo is your favorite?

Do you know the name of any of the trees shown?


  1. @ Miriam,

    What an interesting and inspiring blog post!

    I love that you were inspired by what you saw around you, and that you were able to write about both why you liked them as well as giving information to your readers about how leaves get their colour.

    All of your photos are beautiful and I can't really pick a favourite. I do like #7 - because you can see a range of different leaf colours on the tree!

    Keep up the great effort!

    Stef Galvin
    (Teacher, Melbourne)

  2. Dear Miriam,

    I love your post about trees and you told us some interesting facts.

    It's nice to live in an area with lots of trees. Not only do they look good, provide shade, and provide a habitat for animals, but they help to keep our air clean.

    A tree we see a lot here in Leopold, Australia is the bottlebrush. Its real name is Callistemon. You can see a photo of it here

    Birds love this tree which is good but we have some next to our washing line and I bet you can guess what happens when we hang washing on the line!

    Like Stef, my favourite is #7 because I like how the trees are lined up on the side of the road.

    Your friend in Australia,

    Mrs M☀rris

  3. Hello Miriam,

    The is a wonderful post for autumn (fall). It not only highlights the beautiful colors of autumn, it explains what is responsible for the the colors.

    Of the pictures, I like Tree 9 in particular. It would give shade to people and cars in the hot days of summer, shower the ground with leaves in autumn and stand as a stark reminder of the cold winter. With spring, its sprouting leaves would signal the return of warmth.

    Do I know any of the trees?

    Being in Australia, I'm not greatly aware of the types of trees in your area. I can't make out the leaves from the photos. That would help me but I will try....

    Tree 1 - maple
    Tree 2 - maple
    Tree 3 - birch
    Tree 4 - more than one type there
    Tree 5 - maple
    Tree 6 - maple
    Tree 7 - birch
    Tree 8 - maple
    Tree 9 - oak

    Did I get any correct?

    Ross Mannell (teacher)
    NSW, Australia

  4. Dear Miriam,

    I just love your post about trees the reason been is I just love trees.

    All your photographs of the trees are all my favourite.
    Trees are wonderful for I remember when we use to go to our holiday house in the country we had this huge tree which we placed a rope around one of its branches and we used to it as a swing.

    Also we used to have a cubby house way up high amongst the tree branchs. We could see for miles all around us.

    Trees are know to be the largest living thing on earth as a matter of fact trees live longer than any animals.
    THe most amazing thing about trees is that the are just about found in all parts of the world.

    Great post Miriam.

    From your friend down under,
    AA. :)

  5. Dear Miriam,
    I love the fall colors, it reminds me of my childhood in Ukraine, in the fall I remember we had all leaves turn yellow and red and it would look beautiful. I can recognize the tree #3 as a birch tree and some other trees look to me as maple trees. I like that you pay attention to the outside world and appreciate the beauty of the nature.
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya

  6. Hi Miriam,
    Nice job on your gorgeous tree post. I tried to guess what kind of trees they were before I looked at Mr. Mannell's guesses. He seems to have good tree knowledge.

    My favorite is #3. I like how the pencil-like evergreens line the background. I also like the wispy yellow trees that look like ferns, and I like the beautiful front yard in which they are planted. It looks like a house I would love. I thought #3 was aspen trees first, but Mr. Mannell's birch is a good guess too.

    The rest, I am not sure of, but I'm pretty sure at least some of them are maples. They look like the red or sugar maples that grow in my area of the world. But in California, maybe they are Japanese maple or another variety. Do you know what kinds of tree they are?

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful and educational writing with the world.

    Mrs. Krebs

  7. Aloha Miriam,
    I love your post, not only is it personal but you provided some good information about the importance of trees. As far as the photos, I would have to say #2 is my favorite. The color of the feathery leaves and the fullness of the tree in contrast to the blueness of the sky makes for a beautiful photo.

    My favorite tree in my neighborhood is the Rainbow Shower Tree because of it's lovely blossoms. I also like the Norfolk Pine. Who would have thought pine trees in Hawaii? Although Maui also has some lovely pines.

    Miriam, you are really progressing as a writer and I look forward to reading more.

    A hui hou my friend,
    Mrs. Jacobs

  8. I definitely vote for Tree #2! However, all of the trees are just beautiful.

  9. Dear Mrs. Morris,

    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. My favorite tree is tree 4 because I like the colors.

    We have a lot of birds in my neighborhood and when my dad leaves his car outside the birds leave some not so nice presents on the car.


  10. Dear Mrs. Galvin,

    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. I also liked number seven but my favorite is number four. Do you have any of these type of trees in Australia? I hope you visit again.


  11. ♕♔Miriam♕♔December 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Dear Grandma Tanya,

    Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment. You did a great job of looking up the trees. Tree 3 is a birch tree and some other ones are maple trees. Do you know what tree nine is?


  12. ♕♔Miriam♕♔December 4, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Dear Mr. Mannel,

    Thank you for leaving an outstanding comment. You did a great job finding the names of the trees. I agree with you from one-eight. I was not able to find the correct answer for tree nine, but I will keep looking.


  13. ♕♔Miriam♕♔December 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM


    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. It must have been a lot of fun to swing. At my house we have a swing in the backyard, but unfortunately it is not tied to a tree and is for babies. The tallest tree in my state is the Redwood tree.


  14. ♕♔Miriam♕♔December 4, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    @Mrs. Krebs,

    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. I don't know what kind of maple trees they are, but I know that tree 3 is a birch tree. I took the photos from my car and the tree belongs to my neighbor.

    I hope you visit again.


  15. Dear Mrs. Jacobs,

    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. I also like tree two, but my favorites are tree four and tree six. I have never been to Maui so I don't know what they look like, although I am sure they are lovely. We may go to Hawaii in the summer. Last year we visited the Big Island.


  16. These are beautiful trees. Unfortunatley our trees didn't keep their leaves long. Between the lack of rain and the odd hot/cold weather most of the leaves dropped very quickly.

    So, if you were building a house in the country and planting trees, which trees would you plant and why? Would they way they look in the fall be part of your deliberation process?

    Mr. C

    Mr. C

  17. ♕♔Miriam♕♔December 6, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    @Mr. Chamberlain,

    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. I agree, those trees are gorgeous. It would be hard to pick which kind of trees to plant if I had a house, but I would plant maple trees. The problem with planting trees that change color in the fall is that the leaves eventually fall off and make a big mess.
    I also like fruit trees because it is fun to pick and then eat fresh fruit.

    I hope you visit again.


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