Perspectives on Nature Photography
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I’m thinking that the dense fall foliage you see here belonged either to cedar elms (Ulmus crassifolia) or American elms (Ulmus americana). This is another photograph from McKinney Falls State Park on November 24, 2014.
© 2015 Steven Schwartzman
Written by Steve Schwartzman
November 28, 2015 at 5:05 AM
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with Austin, autumn, foliafe, landscape, leaves, Texas, trees
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Preciosa imagen, un árbol que parece tener hojas de oro.
Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirósi
November 28, 2015 at 9:56 AM
Lo dices bien, Isabel: hojas de oro.
November 28, 2015 at 11:42 AM
It looks like a beautiful, and large, tree. For years I was under the impression that all of our elms were gone but I see them here and there in the forest preserves. One day I was out with a steward friend of mine and pointed that out. She “backed up” mentally and looked closer at the tree I was pointing to.~”OH! Yeah, how about that?!”
November 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM
Cedar elms are among the most common deciduous trees here, and I can pretty easily identify them when they’re small. They can get large (though obviously less often, because some don’t make it that far), as can the smaller number of American elms. I don’t know how to distinguish the two, even though I’ve looked in books. I’ll have to try going around with some local tree experts.
It’s good to hear that some elms have survived in your neck of the woods and that you know how to identify them and show them off to other people.
November 28, 2015 at 11:50 AM
Yes, I had to confirm what I was seeing with my friend because I couldn’t quite believe it.
November 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM
I wish you more confirmations like that one.
November 28, 2015 at 12:16 PM
Nice to see elms. The majority of ours succumbed to disease of the Dutch variety.
November 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM
I’d heard about Dutch elm disease and the destruction it caused across much of America. In spite of that, cedar elms are quite common in Austin and vicinity.
November 30, 2015 at 10:03 PM
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