Friday, May 28, 2010

Fall is upon us

Gray weather and autumn colors are with us. Even if one badly underexposes, those colors come through.



The fallen leaves of sycamore trees (platanos) pile up in the sidewalks.



  1. Very nice work with those fallen leaves.

    I was about to accuse you of pulling my leg by calling them "platano". However, when I googled sycamore I discovered to my surprise that the Latin name for the American Sycamore is Platanus occidantalis.

    The variety I am most familiar with is the Arizona Sycamore. They are uncommon in New Mexico, but there is a wonderful stand of them along a creek north of Las Cruces that I have photographed several times.

  2. Thanks, Mike. I believe these trees are also known as "plane". Their bark is beautiful.

    Every street in the downtown Montevideo area was planted with these trees in the early 20th century, in an attempt to provide summer shadow and decoration.

    However, the local variety sheds a very nasty dust for a few days in Spring, along with hair-seeds. The dust causes a lot of allergies and eyesores, and therefore these trees are not being planted in new areas.