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Closer and closer looks at Arizona ash trees turning bright yellow

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Arizona Ash Turned Yellow by Cliffs 9118

Above is a closer look at some Arizona ash trees, Fraxinus velutina, turning bright yellow along TX 17 between Balmorhea and Fort Davis on November 19. Once again cliffs serve as a backdrop.

Below is a still-closer look at this kind of tree on the following day along TX 118 just north of the town of Fort Davis.

Arizona Ash Tree Turned Bright Yellow 9572

And here’s an even closer look from the same stretch of road as the last.

Arizona Ash Leaves Turned Yellow 9575

I’d better stop closing in and just close.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 23, 2015 at 5:19 AM

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  1. Great series! 🙂


    December 23, 2015 at 7:53 AM

  2. Preciosas imágenes de este fresno otoñal, me encanta el color amarillo intenso de sus hojas.
    Feliz fiestas navideñas.

    Isabel F. Bernaldo de quirós

    December 23, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    • Muchas veces he pensado que el amarillo es mi color preferido. ¿Sabías que fresno viene de la palabra latina fraxinus? Feliz Navidad.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM

  3. You’ve managed to capture more shades of yellow, yellow-green, green-yellow, and green in this one series than I would have imagined possible. I like the closeups of the leaves, too. They’re differently shaped than I thought, and they really shine. They look smooth — almost waxy. What a treat.


    December 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    • I guess that makes me a shady character—appropriate for the time of year when we have the most “shade” in each 24-hour cycle called a day. I couldn’t have told you what ash trees look like, but after I began seeing some colorful ones near Balmorhea I took the first chance I got to ask someone what they were.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 24, 2015 at 6:25 AM

  4. Close, closer, closest, and close-up or far away, I am reminded of gold leaf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_leaf


    December 24, 2015 at 5:20 AM

    • In spite of the gold color and the word leaf, and regardless of the degree of closeness, I didn’t get mentally close enough to make the connection to gold leaf. Now you’ve suddenly reminded me of Robert Frost’s little poem:

      Nature’s first green is gold,
      Her hardest hue to hold.
      Her early leaf’s a flower;
      But only so an hour.
      Then leaf subsides to leaf.
      So Eden sank to grief,
      So dawn goes down to day.
      Nothing gold can stay.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 24, 2015 at 6:32 AM

  5. Dina

    December 24, 2015 at 7:01 AM

  6. Such brilliance. And the images are nice too. 🙂 These captures of yellow in its richness are well-worthy of praise. Lovely.

    Steve Gingold

    December 26, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    • I like the way you put it in those first two sentences—and the other sentences aren’t bad either

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

  7. […] only other ash trees I’ve ever shown here were from a visit to west Texas in […]

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