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Possumhaw; click for greater clarity and subtlety of color.

One of the colorful joys of winter in central Texas is possumhaw, Ilex decidua. This tree is indeed deciduous, and after it drops its leaves* in December or January its many small red fruits are a sight to behold, especially against a deep blue sky. Those fruits usually persist through the rest of the winter and into the early spring, disappearing only when new leaves appear — unless birds or other animals make a feast of them earlier.

For more information about Ilex decidua, and to see a state-clickable map of the places in the southeastern United States where this tree grows, you can visit the USDA website.

For those of you interested in photography as a craft, points 3, 8, and the newly added 18 in About My Techniques are relevant to today’s picture.


* You can see a few remaining leaves about to fall off at the bottom left.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 5, 2012 at 5:05 AM

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