I'd forgotten that I'd taken these photos of my garden a week or so ago on a sunny autumn day. I have two dark leafed Acers on either side of my garden, both grown from small plants. The one on left as you look down the garden is in full sun and so changes colour first (and loses its leaves first).
It looks great with the sun glowing through it.
When I look in the garden today the ground beneath the Acer is carpeted in the dark red leaves.