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Bald cypress trees along the Guadalupe River

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The trees so colorfully going bald, i.e. shedding their “needles,” are bald cypresses, Taxodium distichum. I saw this scenic scene along the Guadalupe River west of the town of Hunt in the Texas Hill Country on November 14th.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 4, 2014 at 5:33 AM

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  1. Very pretty. Either I was too busy to notice or Pennsylvania never got much of a show-of-color this fall. If we did, it was short-lived. It seems your southern slide from fall-to-winter is quite gradual … and that’s nice for a photographer with a good eye for color! D

    Pairodox Farm

    December 4, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    • I can’t say what’s gone on in your part of Penn’s Woods this autumn, but the last few weeks have been colorful in the woods of central Texas, as you’ve seen for three posts now and will see in more ahead. A couple of local people have confirmed that they’ve been enjoying the foliage here too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM

  2. I wish WP allowed commenters to edit their comments … ‘ … and that’s nice for a photographer WITH a good eye for color.’ Sheesh.

    Pairodox Farm

    December 4, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    • I’m not a good typist, so I’ve had the same wish. I assume WordPress doesn’t allow that because most bloggers wouldn’t want someone to be able to come back and keep changing things, perhaps maliciously.

      In any case, I’ve fixed that word for you, as other people have at times fixed mine. My general policy is to correct mistakes that I see in comments. Some are clearly typos, and some are apparent thinkos, as when typists think ahead to something they’re going to type or back to something they recently typed, as you did.

      A bigger decision is whether to correct a mistake that the writer makes and doesn’t know is a mistake. For example, many people don’t know when to use its and when to use it’s. It’s common to get comments with it’s incorrectly used as a possessive, and the teacher in me always corrects it (even though said teacher knows it’s hopeless).

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      • What a useful and humorous word: “thinkos.” Or should that be “thinnkos”? (I do love being able to laugh at myself.)


        December 4, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        • There’s no reason not to double your fun with some double letters.

          When I worked as a teacher and wrote the equivalent of a typo on the board I used to call it a write-o. When students made outright mistakes, I started referring to them as thinkos. Of course there’s still the innocent kind of thinko I mentioned here, where the mind thinks ahead or back and the hand types or writes the wrong thing.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      • I think that, if they chose to, WP could create the facility for a commenter to only edit their own comments. Our ID and information is filled in the forms for us, so connecting the dots to our comments and, therefore, our typos shouldn’t be that hard….if they wanted to.
        And going a step further, they could also allow images to be included with comments after being approved by the blog owner. Or allow us to choose that option. Maybe that is there if you are a paying member.

        Steve Gingold

        December 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        • Sorry for the delay: I just discovered this comment of yours in the spam folder. I think you’re right that WordPress could do more along the lines you’ve indicated, but I imagine there’s still the worry that a commenter would go back into a comment and change it after the blog host had already replied to it. The solution would be for WordPress to allow a commenter to edit a comment until the blog owner replied to it, after which the comment would be locked.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      • Yes, I will correct obvious typographical errors as well. I, like you, have a nervous tic which is exacerbated by incorrect usage, and will correct egregious errors if and when they occur. Sometimes I worry that one or another author will take offense at my intrusion but then wonder how often folks come back to a post to view their own comment? We should form a support group .. sticklers for correctness? No … I’m sure you can come up with something better. D

        Pairodox Farm

        December 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

  3. I see something in your photo that’s a part of my cypress photos, too — the bushy bluestem. It’s one of my favorite grasses, and I was surprised to see so much of it along the Frio. I first discovered it along some local waterways, and when I checked I found that it’s common around marshes and sloughs. Obviously, riverbanks work just fine.

    The contrast between the dark and light tree trunks is especially appealing. The lighter-trunked trees really draw the eye.


    December 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    • I’ve found bushy bluestem in many wet places: ditches along roads, swamps, the banks of creeks and rivers, the edges of lakes, even in town on undeveloped lots with poor drainage. I’m like you in that it’s one of my favorite grasses, and I look forward to its bushy culmination each autumn. I have at least two pictures of bushy bluestem planned for the days ahead, and that’s one reason I didn’t mention its lesser presence here. The same goes for the young sycamore with yellowing leaves at the left. I agree, though, that both add to the photograph and give a fuller picture of the environment out there along the Guadalupe (and other central Texas rivers).

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

  4. Very nice trees in their grassy skirts 🙂


    December 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    • So says Melissa the hula girl. We expect to see a video, or at least a photo, drawing, or painting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

  5. My ahhhhhhhhhh’s should have been audible down there. Beautiful shot! Isn’t nature grand!


    December 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    • Ahhh, is that what I heard when I was out photographing this morning? I thought it was the leaves rustling.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

  6. This is a lovely scene. I enjoy seeing the color that you get to see in the later autumn after ours is all gone. And I have noticed that, when it is found down your way, although it may be a bit more subdued it is still quite attractive, especially when as well done as this.

    Steve Gingold

    December 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    • Oh, you’re so kind. Subdued is a good way to put it, and the overcast day was the cause. Still, I was happy with the subtlety in the resulting image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2014 at 10:23 PM

  7. Pretty colors, elegant trees and grasses. As Steve writes, we’re in the brown, black, and white season up here in the Northeast…


    December 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    • We’re slowly moving that way too, but this morning I was still able to photograph some wildflowers, including goldeneye and bush sunflowers, and there are still some colorful leaves here and there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2014 at 10:46 PM

  8. The colors of our world are such an amazing statement, sadly, all too often they are totally overlooked.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    December 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

  9. […] On November 18th I made my first visit to a natural area called Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, a town about an hour southwest of Austin. One thing that caught my attention was this seed head of bushy bluestem, Andropogon glomeratus, that had gotten caught as well. Its captor was a low branch of a bald cypress tree, Taxodium distichum, whose needle-like leaves were turning the rich orange-brown they take on in the fall. […]

  10. Thanks for showing me these colors and the moment when the leaves start to shed.


    July 27, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    • You’re welcome. If bald cypress leaves can turn a pretty color in a state as hot as Texas, perhaps you’ll get to see them do the same thing in Florida.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 27, 2018 at 8:40 AM

  11. […] there in 2014. Our route home took us along TX 39 by the Guadalupe River, which also proved not as fall-ful as in 2014. Finally, coming northeast from Kerrville along TX 16, Eve spotted something off to the side that I […]

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