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Early Fall Colors in the Ozarks

Updated on February 3, 2015

Fall Colors come in many shades - how early do you watch for the Fall Foliage Colors changes?

I tend to appreciated the early colors of fall nearly as much as later when they may be more brilliant. How about you? I thought I would attempt to document that this year in our housing development. We have pines, sumac, cottonwood, oaks, maples and a variety of flowers and other colorful plants.

Most years, we end up with magnificent colors, as many state do. However, in some years, the mix of temperature and rainfall make the colors appear much less spectacular. Which will this year be?

The cottonwood in this introductory image is just beginning to show some yellow among the green leaves - along with the white bark.

The images in this lens were each taken by me on the first day of fall, the autumnal equinox, in our southern Missouri Ozarks housing development.

Do you watch for the Fall Colors?

Do you watch for the Fall Colors?

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Wild Roses and Pumpkin - Fall is arriving

Wild Roses and Pumpkin - Fall is arriving
Wild Roses and Pumpkin - Fall is arriving
Huge Red Maple Tree
Huge Red Maple Tree

Huge Red Maple Tree

We have several Red Maple trees in our housing development, but this one is the largest. I have been fascinated to notice that the red is starting at the top - see the photo.

Have you notice this in your red maple trees?

Oak Tree - fall colors or the drought?
Oak Tree - fall colors or the drought?

Oak Tree - fall colors or the drought?

We are still over ten inches short on rainfall for this full year, as I write this.

I have to ask, on this Oak Tree, is the color from Fall color change or is it from the drought - or even disease? I'm a bit concerned.

Where to you look for fall foliage?

PIne trees
PIne trees

What trees, shrubs or bushes do you watch for Fall Foliage color change?

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Other fall colors photos to share - Some flowers still blooming included...

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The big cottonwood tree from the other direction.One view of my crepe myrtle continuing to bloom.Sumac beginning to change.More crepe myrtle.Another view of the sumac changing.Sumac is found along all of our roadways.This is another form of fall sumac.I'm still getting some new wild rose blooms. Neat!  ;-)
The big cottonwood tree from the other direction.
The big cottonwood tree from the other direction.
One view of my crepe myrtle continuing to bloom.
One view of my crepe myrtle continuing to bloom.
Sumac beginning to change.
Sumac beginning to change.
More crepe myrtle.
More crepe myrtle.
Another view of the sumac changing.
Another view of the sumac changing.
Sumac is found along all of our roadways.
Sumac is found along all of our roadways.
This is another form of fall sumac.
This is another form of fall sumac.
I'm still getting some new wild rose blooms. Neat!  ;-)
I'm still getting some new wild rose blooms. Neat! ;-)

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      Love the photos in this lens! Fall is my favorite time of year.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Growing up in California, the few trees that change at all in autumn turn brown, and some turn a reddish color. When I went to Michigan at age 19, the blazing orange, yellow, and red colors were unbelievably amazing. I always think of that, and wish I could see that in person again sometime.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Really great lens! I just love the natural canvas the leaves provide in the fall!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: The brightest colors will be gone, but they are still pretty. Will depend on wind, rain and temperature how many are left. We were in Utah, at our daughter's mountain home for three weeks, and missed the brightest, ourselves this year. But the ridge just south of us, off Historic Highway 165, south of Taneycomo, is still beautiful. I'll have a new lens on Late Fall Leaves in the Ozarks, one of these days. I took the photos on Nov 1. ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We'll be in the Table Rock Lake area for Thanksgiving. Can we expect colors to have hung on, do you think?

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @pawpaw911: Hope you can stop by again, soon, one day! ;-)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Very beautiful photos you have here. I used to enjoy the fall beauty of the Ozarks every year, but it has been a decade or so, since I have been down there at that time of year. I need to do something about that.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @nifwlseirff: ;-)

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      Some lovely pictures - autumn is my favourite season, partly because it provides such excellent camera fodder and a lovely warm light!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Aunt-Mollie: Very happy to share. Hope there is some left when I return from two weeks in Utah... I want to do a follow-up lens... Thanks for your comment!! ;-)

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      I used to live in the Ozarks. How I miss it this time of the year! Thank you for the beautiful fall foliage. I do appreciate this!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Brandi Bush: Thank you! They were just beginning... sometimes the best, depending on rain and temperature! ;-)

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      I just love the colors of Fall!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Such beautiful fall photos! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @halloweenprops: Hope they stay awhile! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @PaulWinter: For sure! Thanks for the update! ;-)

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      The trees are just starting to change color here in the UK. Autumn is a beautiful time of year.

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