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Autumn colors cloak the zoo

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, Communications

Fall is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful seasons to stroll zoo grounds. With the autumnal nod of the Northern hemisphere, a slight shift in the earth’s axis means our days will soon be getting darker and darker until the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice (note to self: head for the Tropical Rain Forest building on Dec. 21 to soak up some heat!).

Right now our pathways are spilling over with orange, red, gold and brilliant yellow leaves. Some of the best spots to stop for fall foliage are the oak leaf piles on the outer loop between the South Entrance and gorillas, the gigantic magnolia leaves near Thai Village, and the perfectly painted Enkianthus outside the Bamboo Forest Reserve.

If you are a photographer, visit early or late in the day and see those really warm golden hues that occur when the sun sinks low in the sky. Fall light provides some of the most flattering colors, casting a warm glow on your subject.

Here are a few of our favorite autumn details so far…

Devil’s walking stick, Aralia spinosa, photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.
A fancy spider helps us decorate for fall. Photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.
Heavenly bamboo, Nandina domestica. No relation to bamboo-just looks like it! Photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.
Golden back-lighting shows off a leaf in mid turn. Photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.
Pretty little spider in the rose garden. Photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.
Redbud hazel, Disanthus cercidifolius.  Related to witchhazel! Photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.
Drops of rain glimmer on a fallen leaf. Photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.
And one last look at summer... a pearly pink rose still in bloom!

Photo by Kirsten Pisto/WPZ.