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Although it looks like this photo was taken in the fall, it was actually taken on 5/02/09 (spring in my part of the world.) This particular type of maple tree has red leaves in the spring. They usually look darker than this, but I took this photo at sunset when the tree was bathed in yellow light. The leaves will turn to a dark brownish green in a few weeks. When other leaves show bright red in the fall, this one turns more burgundy, then brown. I have been told it is a Crimson King Maple by a tree specialist.
(photo & text ©2009, C.J. Peiffer)