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A colorful one-day detour

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As a one-day detour from the pictures documenting my five-day trip to the Trans-Pecos, here’s a view of the most reliable fall foliage Austin residents can expect to see near the end of each calendar year. You’re looking at a prairie flameleaf sumac, Rhus lanceolata, late in the afternoon on a clear, warm, and warmly lit December 4 in northwest Austin.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 11, 2015 at 4:55 AM

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  1. Our fall has past by us in the PNW sometime in late October, it is nice to see those beautiful colors again.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    December 11, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    • I welcomed this sight a week ago today. Now the cedar elms are turning yellow and some non-native trees are also turning colors. The predicted high for this afternoon is at least 80°.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2015 at 12:45 PM

  2. Our colors began appearing last week. Unfortunately, many of the trees already had begun losing leaves, and two days of strong winds have created significant patchiness, but it’s still nice. For whatever reason, it occurred to me that your photo would make a wonderful — and time-consuming — jigsaw puzzle. They do like to title puzzles; I think a thousand pieces titled “Flameleaf Frustration” would be just the ticket.


    December 11, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    • “Flameleaf Frustration” might be just the ticket, or just the right thicket. Austin is suddenly looking fall-ish, but in a more subdued way than usual, thanks to temperatures in the 60s and 70s. I’ve seen a few reddening oaks, but nothing spectacular yet.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 11, 2015 at 7:17 PM

  3. Hurrah for more color…something sorely lacking hereabouts now. Thank goodness for fog.

    Steve Gingold

    December 12, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    • You have a whole lot more of this kind of color than we do, but the little we have lasts a couple of months later into the year. As you’ve also heard me say, we rarely get fog in these parts.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 12, 2015 at 7:16 PM

  4. […] of which I’ve shown you many good examples in other years (for example in 2012 and in 2015). However, I did find a few small instances of bright leaves from that species this year. The one […]

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