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Colors [Dec. 14th, 2008|11:36 pm]
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About a week ago, we had colors like these in the yard:
The red on the right is a purchased red oak.  The mix of green/yellow/orange down the left is made up of red oaks that hadn't finished turning, a few that had, and--down at the far end the brighter yellow is Mexican buckeye.   At this time almost all the bright gold ash leaves had fallen and the maples were just turning.   Now the front yard red oak is bare; the back yard darkest oaks still have their rich wine-red leaves.  


[User Picture]From: green_knight
2008-12-15 09:55 am (UTC)
Lovely. This brings back memories of last month - all our trees have been bare for a while.
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[User Picture]From: jowake
2008-12-15 02:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, our trees have been mostly bare for a while too, but the colours are always lovely to see. It is sad that they presage winter though. I published a picture of our local park in my blog about a month or so ago. Not that I imagine winter in Texas is too bad - or is that misinformation on my part - I know it was never that bad in NC.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-15 04:22 pm (UTC)
Winter in Texas varies from the subtropical south tip (where I grew up, and even a few hours below 32F was a disaster) to the Panhandle on the north (MUCH colder than where I am, for longer) and from the east (next to Louisiana) to the far west (with the highest mountains in Texas, next to both New Mexico and Old Mexico. Where I live, in the middle (roughly) winter is a constant battle between southbound cold fronts from Canada and northbound warm fronts from either coast (we get Pacific, as well as Gulf, fronts--and sometimes all three types at once.) Hence events like Tuesday last week, when it went from shirtsleeve warmth to serious cold in a few hours, accompanying that with thunder-and-lightning, rain, hail, sleet, and snow along with powerful winds. I've seen temps as low as 5F, seven inches of snow (laughable to you far northerners, but it shut down the roads because no one has snow tires), ice storms that knocked out power across multiple counties, wet winters with day after day of cold rain, dry winters with no rain at all (last winter and, so far, this--we got less than a tenth of an inch from last week's storm-tantrum)...it's never predictable. Winters the past ten years have been noticeably milder (leading to more ticks and other annoying insects) but it's still up and down, hot and cold.

Some hate that--they want their snow-season to be solid from end to end--but I enjoy the variety.
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[User Picture]From: jowake
2008-12-16 12:06 am (UTC)
That's interesting Elizabeth, one tends to stereotype things and I was dumb enough to do so about Texas. Thanks for the explanation.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-16 03:28 am (UTC)
You weren't "dumb"--you just hadn't ever had the information presented in a way that made weather-sense.

This link to the Texas Almanac gives the vegetational areas of Texas (not very accurately, I'm thinking, looking at it, but at least it shows the complexity.)

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