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New oak leaves

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Wandering on March 13 in Balcones Regional Park, I encountered the new leaves of an oak tree, probably a Texas red oak, Quercus buckleyi. Backlighting turned the leaves yellow, but without that light behind them they showed lots of red.

These leaves were coming up not far from an aged mustang grape vine that you saw making a mighty loop in these pages in January of 2012. On my March 13th visit of this year I found that a large tree had crashed down onto the trail from the adjacent slope, and when workers cut that up to clear the path, they also cut up the massive vine that the fallen tree had become entangled with. Say goodbye to a mustang grape that itself was more like a tree than a vine.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 4, 2013 at 6:21 AM

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  1. 😦

    mrsdaffodil

    April 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

  2. […] At least they usually look red; but glance back at the previous picture and you’ll be reminded of how different the leaves on the same young tree can look when […]

  3. Beautiful. The colors of nature are prettier than anything that man can create.

    petspeopleandlife

    April 5, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    • I’m all for colors in nature, but I have to admit that chemists have done a pretty good job of creating colors, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM


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