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Life where there didn’t appear to be any at first

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Leaves Turning Red on Seemingly Dead Oak Tree 8824

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In the same place where I photographed the lichen in the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt on December 18th, I saw an oak tree that appeared to be dead, but then I noticed that on one dilapidated branch a few leaves had managed to grow, and they were even turning the red that it’s their nature to turn near the end of the year.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 21, 2014 at 6:10 AM

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  1. Hi Steven,

    Would you help me identifying this one, please? http://godsloverphotography.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/the-green-green-moss-of-hope/

    I would like to know what it is and are they moss? Thank you in advance. 🙂


    January 21, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    • Hi, Inge. I’m afraid I don’t know what your green plants are, though they don’t strike me as mosses. My botanical knowledge is limited to central Texas, and even then there are so many things I haven’t learned to identify. Sorry.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      • That’s fine, Steve. Thank you very much for your response anyway. 🙂


        January 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

  2. A small sign of hope…


    January 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

  3. I have a stump of a wild cherry tree outside the bedroom window. It has those last green sprigs each year. I hate to give up on it.

    Jim in IA

    January 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

  4. Love the simplicity of this


    January 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

  5. This is what is so fascinating about nature. Life is everywhere.


    January 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    • I think we’re instinctively drawn to instances of life’s persistence in the face of adversity.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

  6. Amazing, it seems as if you were on a ‘twilight zone’ of seasons. I’d love to see Texas one day.

    • I like the way you put that: a twilight zone of seasons.

      Let’s hope you can visit Texas one day. It’s so large that it has multiple geological zones and climates.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

  7. Great find Steve!


    January 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

  8. What a compelling photo. It puts me in mind of that Biblical story about Jairus’ daughter, who was said to be “not dead, but sleeping.” It’s a good phrase to keep in mind where nature is concerned. Our arborists and garden specialists suggest not pruning many supposedly damaged or dead trees and shrubs until the first growth begins to appear. Plants or trees that seem to be dead may have more life in them than we imagine.


    January 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

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