White ash trees (Fraxinus americana) are now at peak color in Lexington. They are easy to spot with their striking and subtle shades of greens, golds, purples, and reds. I’m enjoying them all immensely. However, my favorite one is in our front yard. The best view is from the upstairs computer room, and sights like this have been a great way to start the day.
I love all the wonderful colors. They change from one day to the next, and throughout the day depending on the light. The colors seem especially beautiful shortly before and after sunrise and on cloudy days.
Some leaves have already fallen, creating a colorful collage under the tree, a sign that the color will not last much longer. After a recent rain, I was intrigued by how the underside of the leaves held water drops that resembled glass beads.
We planted this tree sixteen years ago, before the threat of Emerald ash borer. We’re doing preventive treatments and hope to keep the tree healthy for some time. In the meantime, I’m delighted to be able to observe it from a bird’s-eye view. Watching these colors change has renewed my appreciation for the beauty and wonder of all our trees in autumn.