LIFE IN NEW JERSEY: What makes Fall in New Jersey my favourite season? It’s not the festivals or the food or the weather.
All of these are pretty fantastic but there’s something extra special about Fall.
It’s the rich and vibrant colours that wow you at every turn. You would think I’d get sick of this – every year it’s pumpkins and mums and pretty leaves.
No, I could never tire of these. Not ever.
There are so many brilliant hues – oranges, yellows, reds and earthy browns, and a hundred shades in between. And then there’s the flowers. In Australia, we don’t really have many flowers to speak of in Autumn. Certainly, it’s not a time I associate with knock-out colours. Here it’s different. There’s a huge variety of mums (yes these are flowers) but lots of other weird and wonderful plants that I am still learning the names of.
If you’ve ever seen the first Stuart Little film or Edward Scissorhands, you may remember how they both use extremely vibrant colours to create a scene mood. Well it may sound like I’m exaggerating but the Fall season in New Jersey this year has been just as vibrant as a scene out of these movies.
One of the most amazing things is how the colours are so striking when different shades are grouped together such as yellows, reds and greens. Even within one tree, you can get a range of hues that turn at different times.
Vivid contrasts can be seen everywhere in New Jersey in seasonal displays of pumpkins, squashes and corn sheaves that are featured in many shop doorways, churches and home front porches. Add to these the vivid images of Halloween decorations and you have yourself a brilliant palette that is captivating and awe-inspiring. It is hard not to want to photograph every street in the town.
With so many different types of trees here, the changes in foliage are usually drawn out over several weeks, with trees changing shade at different times. Surprisingly this year, the changes have been synchronized much more than normal it seems, creating these beautiful bursts that surround you. Although these photos don’t do the real-life colours full justice, I hope you get a sense of why I love this season!