fall colors for those still hot in Texas

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

1) Red Oak in Fairview, Tn
2) Johnstonburg, Pa
3) 180* turn from pic 2-Johnstonburg, Pa
4) Girard, Oh waiting for tk washout
5) same place

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Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

1) Hazard, Ky wee early morning hours
2) same place all of these
5) recognize this little aster- can't name it, it was growing so pretty at eye height in a crack of the rock.

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Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

These are pictures taken while I was just north of St Joseph, Missouri. The first cold front of Oct was sweeping southward, so I took several pix, however the storm had more bluff than teeth, and the temps were awesome afterward.

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Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

now I am sitting just south of Phoenix, and can't for the life of me figure out how to take a good picture of 95% blue skies and dust, chuckle. Heat too, tho 90* isn't even close to the 109* the last time I was here. Goodnite guys

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Enjoyed your photos! Thanks for letting us experience the beauty of the turning leaves of fall.

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Lovely colors Kit, we have some too here in Texas, but not as much.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Jo- can you name that little aster? I don't have my refs with me- haven't been back into Tejas since RU- tho I will be in Hou the 22nd for a day- and Irving where we park is downright ugly to be honest (was there, too).

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

I am not sure because asters are very numerous and many of them very similar.
But yours has centers of different colors and the is what Calico aster does, so it could be that one
http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SYLA4
http://www.prairienursery.com/store/product_plant_info_aster-lateriflorus_calico-aster-p-181.html

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Ooh.......I like this topic.

I will add some pics from our recent trip to New England. We were not there for peak leaf time....but it was still very pretty.

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Colleyville, TX(Zone 8a)

I miss those pretty leaves. Thanks for sharing.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Had wondered any that one- I have to wait til I can throw the laptop up to see- I love your New England pics! The fast cold snaps bring the sugars into colors, Texas does have natives that color up- it was a hard frost at 27* the night I came south from Pa- but we aren't close yet to that chilly a night except farther north in the state. I have more pix, just need to get into San Antone tonight first...

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

kittriana - I see you did the same thing I did....took pics from the car...LOL. The colors you got in St. Joe are stunning.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Well, from the windows of the truck so I could have a bit of angle- but I was parked at least. 18 wheelers have a bunch of curtailments to places we see and go. Chuckl, Hawaii isn't a place I can drive to yet- for instance

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

YOU drive an 18 wheeler? I guess you didn't have to crop out the dash repeatedly like I did!!!

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

In Jan this year the laws for people driving 18 wheels changed- if we are caught behind the steering wheel at any time with electronic devices in our hands (hands free ONLY) the ticket is $2500. To the driver and $11,000. To their company. Needless to say, I am apt to stop if I just have to take a picture. Besides- I have rather large windshields that I suspect are designed for the singular purpose of attracting large bugs who wish to be splattered, chuckl. I drive solo these days so I don't have any shotgun seat pix either.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I have always found truck drivers to be pretty good drivers......why new laws? Just looking for revenue?

My DH was driving so I took all the pics. Here is one where I saw a lovely back lit flag.....but look who else I got!

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Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Hey! I like that reflection shot- you need to understand, our laws to drive are in constant flux- HOS, CVSA, Many truck drivers aren't even English speaking now- Russian, French, Spanish isn't even the beginning- Chinese, Persian, Mideast European, it's also that in Texas and many other states 18 yr olds are allowed to operate heavy equip't when in their own home state. Just like a small wheel vehicle- when these guys start texting, or talking on the phone, the vehicle starts wandering and can't hold speeds- scary, I DON'T trust other drivers- even people driving for 5 yrs have been rolling their equipment when there was NO reason, very scary. Do Not Trust the drivers to know how to drive, nor even care if they run over you, sigh. Nuff! My day started early, and I am omw to Fresno once my freight is loaded, I shall return with those west Texas pictures and Az pix by tonite at midnite, chuckl

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks for sharing the beautiful fall colors. I miss them also having grown up in the frozen tundra of MN.

Odd how it is beautiful here some years and others are quite bland. The colors in Missouri are amazing considering their tough drought this year.

Thanks Kittriana & Morganc! Happy Fall... it passes far too quickly.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Well, here's a few more for you podster.

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Very lovely ~ thanks. What a beautiful part of this grand land.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Does anyone understand the relationship between drought or not and fall color or not? I know there is supposed to be one but I'm not sure what it is. And where I come from kindergarten kids can explain about the chloroplasts going back into the tree and the colors being left in the leaf (even though I clearly can't).

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

NOT I ~ lol

Seriously, I don't think to question...
I'm just good at oooohhhing and aaaahing.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Perhaps the leaves' version of costume party?

McKinney, TX

Texas is hot but after living here 15 years (Most of my life) I've adapted to it. From Washington State where it's cold even in July. (July of 2010 went up to see some of my family and every morning 42 degrees and fog).


Maybe hot but I like it.

Ya'll, 2nd of November some cities hit 90 today. Looks like a repeat of last year. So excited!

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

I didn't get those pix posted, at least not here- some are in the natives forum, I did get my laptop back- just need a few moments peace to post them- maybe today from Russellville, Ark - the colors have turned to reds and browns here- the scarless of the sumac have gone to a silvery plum color if any color at all...

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Arizona sunup, West Texas plains, Segovia, Texas rotten caliche cliffs

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I'm so enjoying your pics of the turning leaves, flowers, and sunrises as you pass along the highways. Thanks for showing all the different flora you experience as you travel across the country.

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