Friends and Neighbors: Embraceable hues

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By David Pierini

Staff Photographer

It's hard to tell two leaves on the same tree apart. Then autumn arrives and the green mask comes off.

As trees absorb nutrients in the leaves to prepare for the long winter, natural pigments trapped in the leaves give each one a unique identity with varying intensities of gold, orange and red.

The trees have shaken their leaves and gray is setting in, but a walk along the streets of Oak Park and River Forest offers a last splash of color on the street and sidewalk canvas from fallen leaves that somehow avoided the rake, blower and mulch pile.



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Eileen from Oak Park  

Posted: December 17th, 2013 2:28 PM

simply beautiful

Nature lover  

Posted: December 1st, 2013 5:16 PM

Loved these photos and so heartening to know that there is someone out there who takes the time to notice each leaves particular beauty; no leaf is the same. Too bad as a society we don't appreciate them as much as they deserve. Thank you for sharing the beauty!

JH from Oak Park  

Posted: November 29th, 2013 8:33 AM

David, I really needed this. What a boost to the spirit and the eye. Thank you.

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