Taxodium distichum is called bald cypress because, as the possumhaw that you saw last time was about to do, it loses its leaves in the winter. Along the way to that arboreal baldness, the leaves of this kind of cypress tree often turn warm colors that look especially vivid against a clear blue sky.
Date: November 26, 2012. Place: Bull Creek Park in northwest Austin. (I just remembered that while I was doing some of my usual lying on the ground and contorting myself to aim upward and take this picture, a woman walked by and said to me: “You must be a professional photographer.” I asked her why she said that, and her answer was that she could tell I was looking for just the right angle to photograph the tree. Good for her for appreciating that.)
If you’d like to see a bald cypress “rainbow”—and with no lying on the ground or contortion necessary on your part—you can look back at a post from this blog’s early days, when the severe drought of 2011 brought on a premature changing and falling of some leaves. The site of that 2011 photograph was just a few hundred yards from where I took this one (and in between those two places is where I took the photo of a sycamore leaf that appeared in these pages a week ago).
And if you’d like to see how majestic these water-loving trees can become, you’re welcome to glance back at another early post that shows several venerable bald cypresses at the edge of a creek.
© 2013 Steven Schwartzman