Thursday, October 4, 2012

I'm Seeing Red.

In last year's Autumn Tree Smackdown I received my first entry on October 12. This year it seems to me the trees in London are peaking a little sooner. The King, for example, is getting close to maximum crimson:
If I can catch him in the right light, I think he's got a good chance of "winning"; although I won't allow myself to win the contest. If he garners the most votes, the runner-up will win the awesome second-hand Rantwick-modified Trophy of Arboreal Distinction naming the tree King Of Autumn, 2012. I have also just decided to throw in a tub of breadcrumbs.
The "real" winner of FARATS (long story) was yellow/orange:
SARATS was won by a well-lit red tree:
What robes will the new King (or Queen) wear as he (or she) ascends the throne? Only time will tell.
Having seen these images, I'll bet you know of a tree that could be a contender. Don't wait! Get out there and get that picture! Hover around that tree, day after day, hoping to get the best damn foliage picture EVER! Or, snap a pic of it on your way by with a crappy old phone while riding your bike over bumps. I don't care! I want submissions, (click here for rules) and I'm getting nervous. I want to beat last year's record of 18 real bad.

Yer Pal,


Steve A said...

This year, my best chance at a tree will come next week.

cafiend said...

Good luck with The King, Rantwick. Leaves are changing rapidly here, but my contender had barely yellowed as of Monday. With luck I'll get to look again next Monday, if I don't have to go to work.

RANTWICK said...

Ah, how fitting that my most long standing online weirdo acquaintances leave reassuring comments... thanks both. I got email from Recumbent Conspiracy Theorist too. I'm feeling very optimistic about this year's crop.

rlove2bike said...

Me and my less than $100 point and shoot have snapped a couple photos this nearby Bayfield WI. The Bayfield WI, home of none other than the world famous Bayfield Apple Festival. Smack! Need I say more. Probably not.

Thanks for posting,

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