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Fall Foliage in Austin, Texas
Fall LeavesClick thumbnail to view full-size
It has been a dry October and November this year. As a result, the fall foliage for 2010 is not very colorful.
Last year, we had regular Fall showers following a two year drought. The effect on the leaves was miraculous. We had Fall color unlike any other year I can remember. The brilliance of the trees was amazing.
The leaves are just now beginning to exhibit a hint of color. It's early November and there have been several cold fronts with some evening temperatures in the high 30's and lower 40's. The leaves on the trees are falling without the beautiful color changes that we experienced last Fall. Last year, as the leaves turned, the rains kept the leaves vibrant and alive for an unusually long time. It was December before the leaves dropped completely off of the trees.
The Color Changes
Many trees have lost all of their leaves. Other trees have areas tinged with pale color. The hues are more subdued than last year. The yellows are paler and the reds lean toward browns. Even with our ten plus inches of rain in September and our above average lake levels, the trees are suffering from the lack of rain. Without frequent rain showers, the color will not stay for any great length of time.
AcornsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Another unusual element of Fall 2010 in Austin, Texas is the huge crop of acorns. Yes, acorns fall every year from our Oak Trees, but this year's crop is huge. The nuts also seem to be smaller in size than normal.
My theory about the acorns is that the lack of recent rains caused a premature release of the nuts. The vast amount of rains back in August and September added to the number. Could it be?
There are more cold fronts headed our way. Perhaps the leaves will turn a shade brighter before they fall to the ground. I am convinced that this will not be a colorful Fall for the Texas Hill Country. I will not complain. The weather has been gorgeous with highs in the seventies and lows in the forties and fifties. Does it get any better than this? Summer has fled and we are enjoying Texas in the Fall!