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The brilliant hue of orange maple leaves in autumn frame the Charlotte, NC, skyline at Marshall Park. A summer with frequent rains, followed by fall with hot afternoons and cool nights gave leaf peepers a pallet of colorful fall foliage to enjoy in 2009. Photo shows the still-under-construction Duke Energy Center, Charlotte's second-largest skyscraper, on the left side of the frame. Marshall Park, owned by the City of Charlotte, is home to a 1.2 acre pond and urban wildlife.