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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall in Texas

Texas climate for the most part is hot.  While the mild winter weather makes the southern part of the state attractive for 'snow birds' it can be boring.  The leaves on the trees outside our patio are just looking less green.  No bright reds, oranges and yellows as we had in my adopted state of Missouri.  Nope, the leaves just look tired.  Some are falling making small piles in the entry way but no color.

Cape Cod, Oct. 19, 2005
Younger Sister has just returned from a trip into the Northeastern US.  There where sugar maples, red maples, sycamores, black tupelo, sumac, etc. mixed with evergreens painting a vibrant landscape.  We saw that beauty in 2005.  Here are a few photos from that trip.

Cranberry harvesting, Cape Cod, Oct. 20, 2005

Beaver Lake, Maine, October 25, 2005
Maine sea coast, October 25, 2005
October 12, 2012, Southwest Missouri countryside
10/12/2012, Missouri
In 2012 after a busy year of remodeling and a knee replacement for each of us, we took a self guided wine tour in Southwest Missouri.  We stopped for these fall scenes.

final backyard photo, Oct. 31, 2013
In 2013 we moved from Missouri to Texas.  We spent the day before Halloween watching the movers load the moving van.  Then during the night Hubby's mom was sent to the hospital.  Hubby went to the hospital and I went to the house to get the last of the items loaded.  We met for the closing and he told me his mom was not going to make it this time.

We spent the night in the hospital at her bedside.  About 8 AM I turned to take this photo.  When I turned back to her bed, she was gone.
November 1, 2013, autumn colors from 8th floor, Springfield, MO.

Five days later we headed for the different life in Texas.  We passed through northern Arkansas where the colors were just at the edge of brilliance. 
Following Hubby's Jeep as we head for Texas, Nov. 7, 2013
For a comparison of the October and November fall colors the following are shots from the roof of the parking garage at our apartment complex.  Can you find any color other than green?
Round Rock, TX, October 21, 2016 
Here are a few colored berries, 10-21-2016

Yes, that is a sunbather in a bikini, 10-21-2016.
Today, 11-5-2016, has been cloudy with intermittent showers.  The tree across the street is losing its leaves.  The color is just a dull green as they fall.  The oak leaves at the top of the picture are beginning to turn brown at the edges.  This photo was shot from my easy chair.  The bougainvillea is still in bloom.  Temperature was in the low 70 F.  Fall in Texas......

Thanks for stopping by for a chat!  You Statesiders roll those clocks back an hour!

Peace out!

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