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Arizona Ash Tree Turned Yellow 9152

The best fall foliage on our Trans-Pecos trip came from Arizona ash trees, Fraxinus velutina. While driving along TX 17 from Balmorhea to Fort Davis on November 19th I spotted this Arizona ash that had partly turned yellow by the side of a creek with dramatic cliffs behind it and the blue of the clear sky reflected in front of its own reflection.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 22, 2015 at 4:57 AM

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  1. Beautiful photo, Steve!

    composerinthegarden

    December 22, 2015 at 5:46 AM

  2. Gorgeous! We used to have an ash tree (a different variety perhaps?) in our front yard and I don’t remember the foliage ever being so brilliant.

    Your posts are whetting my appetite to a trip out west.

    Shannon

    December 22, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    • I think we had an Arizona ash tree in the back yard of the house where we used to live, but it never put on a show like this, either. Maybe the soil is wrong for that this far east.

      We’d been to the Trans-Pecos a few times, but never at this time of year, so it was the first chance for fall foliage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 22, 2015 at 6:39 AM

  3. Nice. Is that a small Nessie in the far end of the pond?

    Jim Ruebush

    December 22, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    • Yes, and if you look carefully you may make out King Kong climbing the cliffs in the distance.

      In writing that, I suddenly realized the incongruity in the movie of having King Kong mixed in with dinosaurs. My understanding is that only small mammals existed, even at the end of the age of dinosaurs. It’s still a great movie.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 22, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    • I just enlarged the original and found that arc to be a fallen tree trunk and its reflection.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 23, 2015 at 5:03 AM

  4. Oh that’s a beauty. I can’t decide which part I like more, the tree with the cliff background or the reflection contrasting with the blue. Thank goodness I don’t have to decide as you have captured it all. Never heard of the Trans-Pecos. I shall have to look this up.

    Heyjude

    December 22, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    • The Pecos River flows generally south-southeast through New Mexico and the western part of Texas:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecos_River

      From the vantage point of people further east in Texas, where most of the population has always been, the part of the state west of the Pecos River is called the Trans-Pecos.

      Pictures with reflections are often good at capturing two worlds.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM

  5. I love this photo: The green color of the bushes – reflecting in the water.
    Doesn’t look like late November?!!!
    Suppose you don’t have a white Christmas either?
    Anyway:
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a colorful, peaceful and happy New Year!

    Truels

    December 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    • Thanks for your holiday wishes, and the same to you.

      We always have mild winter weather in Texas compared to Europe, but It’s unseasonably warm here now. Today the temperature reached 80°F, which is approximately 27°C.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 22, 2015 at 8:09 PM

  6. Steve, that is one beautiful photo!

    montucky

    December 22, 2015 at 8:32 PM

  7. You say yellow, but I see it as chartreuse, and it’s stunning. I’ve never seen a tree this color. The contrast with the rocks, and that clear, pure blue to complement it — well. it’s a heart-stopper.

    shoreacres

    December 22, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    • I’ll grant you there was a lot of chartreuse at that stage, more than there was of yellow—which I knew was the destination; more about that next time.

      I like that contrast too, but don’t let your heart stop for too long.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 22, 2015 at 9:33 PM

  8. That is some lovely light and color. The blue and yellow combination in the reflection is very nice.

    Steve Gingold

    December 23, 2015 at 4:28 AM

    • Oh, you’d have a great time with the light out there, and of course with the colors and shapes and plants of the desert and mountains.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 23, 2015 at 5:07 AM

  9. Just spectacular! You are fortunate to have seen the sight.

    Dianne

    December 23, 2015 at 9:27 PM

  10. That is such a beautiful image .. 😄

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    December 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

  11. This is such a strikingly beautiful photo.

    melissabluefineart

    January 14, 2016 at 11:09 AM

  12. One for the wall, Steve. You are right to be happy with this shot. It is stunningly beautiful.

    Jane

    January 23, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    • This was probably the best landscape picture of the five-day trip, and made so by the combination of rock, foliage, and water,

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2016 at 4:55 PM


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