The blazing red foliage of sumac trees glows in the light of the setting sun. Photo by Stephanie Wilkins
Autumn – like spring – can feel like an ephemeral season. Depending on temperature, precipitation, and wind, the coveted warm reds and yellows of fall foliage can be difficult to predict and often come and go in what seems like an instant. Not to mention, different species of plants peak at different times. The pursuit of autumnal foliage around New York City compels photographers to keep their cameras always at the ready.
One of the first flushes of fall color at the High Line appears along the lower Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck, between West 14th and West 15th Streets. In this photo by new High Line Photographer Stephanie Wilkins, the bright crimson of staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina, and Cutleaf staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata,’ are amplified in the light of the setting sun.