The conditions for leaves to turn color in the fall involve the right temperatures at the right times and the right amount of rainfall at the right times. In the fifteen years that we’ve owned the property, there has been some color, but nothing like this year. Just spectacular.
Not sure if the red leaves are Red Oaks (Quercus texana) or Shin Oaks (Quercus sinuata). Shin Oaks are also known as White Oak, Scrub Oak, Scalybark Oak or Bigelow Oak. They tend to be low growing, about 3 to 5 feet tall, and grow so densely that they become a thicket. They are native to areas that have hard limestone.
It seems like the colors deepen and change daily or least weekly.
In the distance is a Lombardy Poplar tree in front of a stone cabin on our property. We use it for extra guest space. Poplars always seem old fashioned to me – probably because as a child I saw them on farms of relatives. This tree was here when we bought the property.
The best view is from the back porch. There are several ridges all around our land. This fence is just around our house and barn to keep out cows and deer. But everything shown in these photos is on our property.
A Red Oak in the side yard. The trees in the yard are only two to ten years old. We chose a building site on a level, raised area up from a creek because we wanted the view. We’re so glad that we did because the creeks do rise when we get three or more inches in a day or so .
To the left in the yard is a small Lacey Oak (Quercus laceyi or Quercus glaucoides). Other common names include blue oak, canyon oak, mountain oak, smoky oak, and rock oak. Most of these common names refer to the tough conditions in central and south Texas where this species are native or are related to its blue–green foliage.
Thank you for reading to this point and letting me share some of the reasons we love living here. It is a privilege to live in the country after many years in the city. Of course, there are some inconveniences, like no quick runs to a store for a forgotten item. But that’s minor compared to the pluses.
“Every time you feel yourself being pulled into other people’s drama, repeat these words: ‘Not my circus, not my monkey’” Polish proverb