8 responses to “Cornus obliqua”

  1. bev

    That’s funny because here in the east with LOTS of rain, leaves are turning yellow/brown and falling early. On those trees and shrubs which have not already drowned or succumbed to root rot, that is. Awful season.

  2. Marilyn Brown

    Perfectly beautiful photo — I can imagine a sumptuous ballgown made from fabric showing this scene!

  3. Mike Bush


    I very much like the photo – and although quite ‘busy’ – it holds together due to the congregation of similarly-colored leaves in different parts of the photo.

    Nicely done!

  4. lynn

    Though I just moved to Fidalgo Island, Washington, US, this summer, and am not familiar with the particularities of seasonal cycles here, I thought I noticed the same phenomenon you mentioned. Leaves are browning, curling, and dropping – and they’ve been doing that for weeks already. It’s especially noticeable on the red cedars.
    Your efforts last year made a beautiful scene, with the repeated shapes and rich coloring. This year I think we’re going to have to think differently!

  5. Stuart Luppescu

    For sure one of the most beautiful photos I’ve seen on this site. Reminds me of Monet. Great work, Daniel.

  6. Patrick Collins

    Oh yes, the Constantine Samuel Rafinesque who attempted to name four different plants in four families as Rafinesquia in honour of himself, all rejected by other botanists. Rafinesque died on the 18th of September 1840. On the 2nd of October 1840 (and published in the following year’s Transactions) Thomas Nuttall gave a lecture at the American Philosophical Society. In that lecture he finally named a plant in the chicory family as Rafinesquia californica, a name that is still recognised. In the printed description he commented:

    “Dedicated to the memory of an almost insane enthusiast in natural history; sometimes an accurate observer, but whose unfortunate monomania was that of giving innumerable names to all objects of nature, and particularly to plants.”

    Unfortunately, we will never be able to judge the full extent of Rafinesque’s accuracy in naming new plants compared to modern identifications as his huge herbarium was destroyed after his death.

    The great plant-describer Asa Gray wrote a “Notice” on the life of Rafinesque early in 1841. Gray called Rafinesque an “eccentric, but certainly gifted person”. In the introduction he states:

    “Our task, although necessary, as it appears to us, is not altogether pleasing; for while we would do full justice to an author, who, in his early days, was in some respects greatly in advance of the other writers on the botany of this country, and whose labours have been disregarded or undervalued on account of his peculiarities, we are obliged, at the same time, to protest against all of his later and one of his earlier botanical works.”

    1. Patrick Collins

      Thomas Nuttall, description of Rafinesquia californica: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/36318150#page/451/mode/1up

      Asa Gray “Notice of the Botanical Writings of the late C. S. Rafinesque”: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/116947#page/3/mode/1up

  7. Danae Yurgel

    Thank you for the inspiration of this gorgeous image!

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