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Fall Foliage in Austin, Texas

Updated on October 20, 2013

Fall Leaves

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Our Fall in 2010 is very subdued in color.Fall 2009 was amazing for our area.The colors in 2009 were magnificent.20092009
Our Fall in 2010 is very subdued in color.
Our Fall in 2010 is very subdued in color. | Source
Fall 2009 was amazing for our area.
Fall 2009 was amazing for our area. | Source
The colors in 2009 were magnificent.
The colors in 2009 were magnificent. | Source
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Fall 2010

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.

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2010 - This tree was red, yellow and orange last year.
2010 - This tree was red, yellow and orange last year. | Source
2010 - Note the tinges of color.
2010 - Note the tinges of color. | Source
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2010 - Half of the leaves are gone.
2010 - Half of the leaves are gone. | Source
2010 - Last year, this tree was a brilliant yellow color. This year, we see a more subdued shade of yellow.
2010 - Last year, this tree was a brilliant yellow color. This year, we see a more subdued shade of yellow. | Source
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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.

Acorns

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Acorns Everywhere

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?

In Summary

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!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Pmccray, autumn is truly a beautiful time of year. In many places, it is more colorful than Spring. Thanks for posting.

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    pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

    "No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face" - -John Donne, Elegy 9, The Autumnal (1635)- I love your pictures, so serene and beautiful.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Marie and Quill, thanks for stopping by!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Merlin, I know the drought last summer supported the colorful Fall last year, but so did the rain and the recovery of the trees. Every year seems to be different around here!

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    "Quill" 7 years ago

    Well done... love the colors.

    Blessings

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    Marie Kirchner 7 years ago

    Nice pictures and article Paula. Way to go!

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    Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

    Still nice pictures, I think the secret for truly spectacular Fall colours is long hot summers with little or no rain. At least it is over this side of the pond.

    Our best Autumn colours always follow a very dry summer when the trees are put under great stress through lack of water.