Northern Red Oak

The Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) has been called “one of the handsomest, cleanest, and stateliest trees in North America” by naturalist Joseph S. Illick, and it is widely considered a national treasure. The Red Oak is especially valued for its adaptability and usefulness, including its hardiness in urban settings. This medium to large tree is known for its brilliant fall color and its acorns are of great value to wildlife.

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) leafs changing color in late October in Baldwinsville, New York.

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) leaves changing color in late October in Baldwinsville, New York.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 230mm focal length.

Northern Red Oaks change color later than maples each autumn and often are not as brilliant in color. This year with all the maples in my area changing early and only in orange, yellow and some straight to brown, the red colors from these oaks will be a welcome sight over the next couple of weeks.

You may notice the the fast shutter speed I used here.  There was a steady breeze which kept the foliage in motion.  I switched to Shutter Priority mode and cranked up the shutter to 1/500th of a second to freeze the leaves.  It also created a shallow depth of field which I emphasized by using a dark vignette.

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3 Responses to Northern Red Oak

  1. Simone says:

    Oh look at those colours… absolutely beautiful. This is why I love autumn (or fall, whatever you want to call it :)) the shallow DoF works really well, too. but then, I’m a bit of a sucker for shallow dof shots!


  2. Truels says:

    You also found the autumn colors – nice shot – I love this tree, we have a similar here….


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