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20 days later

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Three-Leaf Sumac Turning Colors by Cedar Elm and Yaupon 0992

In the previous post you saw some three-leaf sumac (Rhus trilobata) turning colors in the shelter of a sotol in the Chisos Basin of Big Bend National Park. Twenty days later, on December 13, after an overnight rain I walked through Great Hills Park in my Austin neighborhood and saw another three-leaf sumac turning bright colors. It was sheltered, too, but this time beneath two kinds of trees, cedar elm (Ulmus crassifolia) and yaupon (Ilex vomitoria). Yaupons aren’t deciduous, and that’s why you see so many green leaves here.

The fact that everything was still wet or at least damp caused colors to appear more saturated than during drier times, including the next day, when I returned and found that the lichen on the tree trunks had already lost the pale green cast that I couldn’t help noticing when I took this picture.

If you’ve wondered why I’ve posted some (or even all) of the fall foliage photographs that I have, I ask your forbearance. In cold climates many of these pictures wouldn’t show anything special, given the great autumn displays that deciduous trees regularly put on up there. Down here in warm Texas, however, fall foliage is limited, and my purpose is to make people appreciate what little of it we do have in this part of the country.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 21, 2015 at 5:28 AM

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