Spring is just Autumn is reverse, and very often there are unique photographic opportunities that are overlooked!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Richard Weisser and SmokyPhotosWhen we think of spring and photography, we usually think about all of the wonderful and colorful blooms that burst forth in our neighborhood. It is truly beautiful and I take as many photos of flowers in spring as I can.

But some years back, I also noticed that trees had a unique quality during the leafing process. As they initially set their seeds, they assume autumn-like hues for a very short period of time.

They can appear red, orange and yellow with a translucent quality that is very conducive to photography. The film photograph in this article, which appears at first glance to be taken in October, was actually taken in April 2000!

So while you're out getting your spring flower photographs, why not take a second look at the trees?

After all, they only change colors TWICE a year!

Photo: Deer browsing in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park courtesy of SmokyPhotos.com.

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Comments (25)

Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Richard ~ Who knew?! An amazing photograph - the trees for sure - but all those deer - what a  beautiful sight.  I love trees in all seasons - the bare branches are mesmerizing and once I started really paying attention to the branch patterns I minded the seasonal loss of leaves a bit less.



Apr 18, 2009 12:53 AM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Richard - the whole year is filled with photo ops. Great shot. I went previewing some properties yesterday, my wife came with me so we took her car (get's 30 mpg). Of course I left both my cameras in my truck and missed dozens of great opportunities.

Apr 18, 2009 01:00 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard, my wife and I often comment on how the leaves get their 'summer' color.  The spring hues do vary greatly.


Apr 18, 2009 01:02 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Richard, I love that about spring. I am carrying my camera around with me to get just that. Right now the branches are showing faint hints of different colors, each passing day will bring more pronounced color until the leaves burst forth.

Great picture, as always! Georgia is a beautiful place for sure, gives you all the material you need!

Apr 18, 2009 01:03 AM
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Like you, I feel trees are give a great setting and set the pace for the seasons.  Some of my favorite shots are those with a magnificent tree in the background.  Nice reminder to step back and look at the whole picture rather than just isolating a single flower.

Apr 18, 2009 01:05 AM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Thanks for a new view on spring photography!

Apr 18, 2009 01:09 AM
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com - Concord, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

Hey Richard,

Funny you should write about this...sitting at my desk in my home office, I was looking at the red maples in my front yard and took notice to the color of the newly sprouted leaves. I did take notice that they were almost the same color as they are in fall...only not so vibrant. Your posts are always timely!


Apr 18, 2009 01:32 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Richard, I was noticing that last week, the red and yellow dogwood branches are beautiful this time of year...they're really not trees, but bushes that grow  in  low lying places by the creeks and lakes. Your photo is gorgeous -- as always!

Apr 18, 2009 01:50 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


And the spring greens are so varied and beautiful too! It's a great time of year! THX.


And the colors of the barks can vary greatly ...and just add a little snow and they're gorgeous! Thanks.


It just drives me crazy when I see a shot and don't have a camera ... or forget to put the battery in the camera! Yikes.

Apr 18, 2009 02:11 AM
Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

Richard, the changing colors of the leaves is one of the many reason to love the east.

Apr 18, 2009 02:11 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


And like fall, it doesn't last very long! Thanks, my friend.


And even when the leaves appear, all of the shades of green are so beautiful! THX


I am a tree lover, that's what draws me to the Smokies! More species of trees in the park than on the entire continent of Europe! Thanks again, for the comment.

Apr 18, 2009 02:15 AM
Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I am with you on this . The colors in spring often , sometimes in muted , some times isn spectacular ways mirror the beauty of fall

Apr 18, 2009 02:21 AM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Richard, We see this every year and fail to realize or truly see what we are looking at.  My first thought was WOW a deer grazing with the cows and thinking this was an Autumn photo.

Thank you sir for helping me see a different side of nature and its beauty.

Apr 18, 2009 02:41 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

What a beautiful photo! I've never noticed that before.....I'll have to look a little closer.

Apr 18, 2009 03:08 AM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Richard - I spent about 4 years working out at Lawrence Labs and Sandia Labs in Livermore. The route I took driving in had dozens of photo ops everyday but I could not carry a camera in the car, or else risk getting arrested when I drove into the sites. One morning driving in, there were horses grazing in a pasture, but there was about 15" of ground fog all tinted by the rising sun. No matter how many times I went back, I was never able to reproduce that morning.

Apr 18, 2009 03:39 AM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Hey Richard, Spring is my second favorite by a very close margin behind Fall. I always appreciate your perspective and photographs. ...bery inspring


Apr 18, 2009 03:41 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Richard... nice post, and I always love your photos. I too love the first hints of spring showing up in trees. When they just begin to leaf, the greens around here are so vibrant in the Northwest. I also love the grass after it's had just a day of warming in the sunshine. It's almost neon green. It's inspiring to see life renewed and poking up in a sea of muted winter shades. The cycle starts again and I love beginnings.



Apr 18, 2009 05:26 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  I had never realized the similarities.  And I can't believe that photograph was taken in the spring.  Wow!

Apr 18, 2009 09:10 AM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

We notice it in our back yard but it is short lived but quite colorful.

Apr 18, 2009 10:21 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Richard, I like that Autumn in reverse thought for Spring. Our red buds go pink then green, our Bradford Pears go white then green. Very cool.

Apr 18, 2009 05:37 PM