Sunday, October 10, 2010

Early Fall Color in Northern Indiana

Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia.
Thicket Creeper, Parthenocissus inserta.

For a detailed comparison of these two creepers,
see the excellent post by Scott Namestnik here.

Feel free to identify these beauties for us!

Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, begins flowering in autumn.
Petals can sometimes be observed well into December in Indiana.
As Thoreau said, "...its leaves fall, its blossoms spring."

The wonderfully aromatic Sassafras tree, Sassafras albidum.

Tupelo or Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica.


Anonymous said...

Lovely botanical photos.

Edward Russell said...

I'm 80% certain the mushrooms shown above the witch hazel are honey mushrooms - Armillaria mellea.