Back in October I was wandering around in New Salem literally and figuratively in a fog. We were not having a particularly typical autumn with wild color abounding everywhere. Most of my favorite places were fairly dull with spotty color. On my way to an orchard that looks out over the northern end of the Quabbin Reservoir, I noticed that the maples on the green in New Salem’s center were a rich orange and stopped for a few moments.
It was difficult to limit the inclusion of the surroundings with the green being small and encircled by roads and houses but I was able to get close enough to this one scene. In this composition there are three trees lined up to give the effect of one. The closest tree was fairly barren of leaves, so stacking them in line gives the impression of one full tree. The way the limbs are displayed reminds me of the many armed Hindu deities.