Orange is the new red
To tell the truth, not new, but an occasional variant: sometimes the little fruits of the possumhaw tree, Ilex decidua, are orange rather than the red you saw two days ago. That was obviously true for this possumhaw that I photographed on January 13th along TX 29 near the town of Bertram.
I’ve come to think of the stretch of TX 29 between the towns of Liberty Hill and Burnet as the Possumhaw Trail because there are a fair number of those trees along the highway. Three years ago I showed another possumhaw picture from this stretch of road. In fact, in looking back at my take from that day I noticed I’d photographed an orange-fruited possumhaw then too, so below I’ve added another view of one. The large bare tree at the right is a live oak (Quercus fusiformis), and the yellowing leaves at the left are from a greenbrier vine (Smilax bona-nox).
If you live in central Texas, you may want to go for a drive along the Possumhaw Trail before the trees leaf out again in February.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman