The Bradford leaves

The Homeward Bound Memorial Garden has a couple of trees whose leaves turn a vivid red and gold in the fall. I’m told they are Bradford pears. Every year I try to capture their glory but my results never seem to match the spectacular reality.


It seem to me that the Bradfords are the last trees to fully turn and ultimately free their leaves. Sometimes events accelerate the process. The shot above was taken two days ago on Saturday. On Sunday we were visited by a storm and the tree now looks … quite naked. No, little tree it’s not a dream.


Even though the garden is in its winter stage there is still beauty to be discovered, even in the Bradford trees. Sometimes you just have to look from the right angle and maybe squint a little bit.

The Willow still has a grip on many of its leaves. I love Willows. But I think I may be in the minority with that opinion.


The Willow Bench. My favorite place to sit in the garden. Because it’s under the Willow, that’s why. This is the coolest spot in the garden during the hot summer months.


This Bradford is in the big yard adjacent to the garden. You can’t miss it. It too has lost most of its leaves now. Sigh. Until next year.









  1. sargentmt

    Thank you for capturing the fall in the HB garden. I love the Bradford with the variety of color it has. Fall color came late this year, but when it did it was amazing.

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    1. You’re welcome.


  2. I think the fall was exceptionally beautiful this year. Surprising given the drought. You captured the very last of it beautifully – as usual.

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    1. Thank you.


  3. Mary Tonningsen

    No, all three are still standing after about 15 years – maybe they just aren’t old enough yet?


  4. Mary Tonningsen

    Nice photos! My neighbors have Bradford Pears – prettiest trees on the block! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I’ve read that the wood is weak and they often split in storms. Have your neighbors experienced that?


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