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  1. Nanda Panjandrum Inactive

    Appreciate the walk, Skip…Beautiful!

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    • October 24, 2017, at 7:59 PM PDT
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  2. JcTPatriot Inactive

    Very nice! Playing with photography is always fun. You have a good eye.

    I live in Texas, though, so we have Fall for exactly 6 days, and it happens some time in November, as long as you live north of San Antonio.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 8:02 PM PDT
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  3. MarciN Member

    Wow. Just beautiful.

    I still have a few flowers here and there.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 8:14 PM PDT
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  4. Kay of MT Member

    JcTPatriot (View Comment):
    Very nice! Playing with photography is always fun. You have a good eye.

    I live in Texas, though, so we have Fall for exactly 6 days, and it happens some time in November, as long as you live north of San Antonio.

    Kaylett and I were out today, and the landscape is so beautiful. We were complaining about fall being so short. But the colors seem to be deeper and lovelier this year than I remember from before.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 8:17 PM PDT
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  5. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    If by “enjoying the changing colors” you mean “taking advantage of Texas’ flirtation with cool weather to uproot some weeds”, then yes.

    It would be nicer if my hawk either showed himself or gave the other birds license to return.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 8:23 PM PDT
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  6. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m sensing a theme here regarding Texas.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 8:30 PM PDT
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  7. Doug Watt Moderator

    The vegetation and the succulents (cactus) are still green here in the Sonoran Desert. There are three seasons here: hot, hotter, and cold at night in the winter. We received four inches of snow one year at the house. Perfect snow because it melted within about four hours. Although that’s better than Beverly Hills. The last time they had snow emergency rooms treated hundreds of cases of frostbite to the nose.

    Nice pics, looks like Oregon in the Fall.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 8:32 PM PDT
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  8. Trink Coolidge
    Trink Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gorgeous pictures Skipsul. Today in central Ohio we had rainbow hues also! Latest ever.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 8:34 PM PDT
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  9. JcTPatriot Inactive

    SkipSul (View Comment):
    I’m sensing a theme here regarding Texas.

    Hey, you asked me about changing weather and I answered. :-)

    However, I just checked and it looks like Fall is going to be early this year. I’ll have to get out the camera Saturday and Sunday. The leaves will all be down by Monday.

    Friday – Sunny, with a high near 63.

    Friday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 37.

    Saturday – Sunny, with a high near 64.

    Saturday Night – Clear, with a low around 36.

    Trust me, that’s bitter weather for us, this time of year. I wonder if my car will start?

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    • October 24, 2017, at 9:02 PM PDT
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  10. MarciN Member

    This picture is not about the pretty fall we are having, and it is not as clear as I’d like. I took it this summer, and when I got home, I was so amused to see that I had captured the people in front of me also taking pictures of the pretty sunset. It must make the Lord smile to see what we do with our pocket cameras–take pictures of this beautiful world he created! :)

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    • October 24, 2017, at 9:18 PM PDT
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  11. Boss Mongo Member

    JcTPatriot (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):
    I’m sensing a theme here regarding Texas.

    Hey, you asked me about changing weather and I answered. :-)

    However, I just checked and it looks like Fall is going to be early this year. I’ll have to get out the camera Saturday and Sunday. The leaves will all be down by Monday.

    Friday – Sunny, with a high near 63.

    Friday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 37.

    Saturday – Sunny, with a high near 64.

    Saturday Night – Clear, with a low around 36.

    Trust me, that’s bitter weather for us, this time of year. I wonder if my car will start?

    Yeah. We’re supposed to have lows in the mid-70s tonight and tomorrow night. Woot! Woot! January is come early.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 10:08 PM PDT
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  12. Ray Inactive
    Ray

    Nanda Panjandrum (View Comment):
    Beautiful!

    Yes, very beautiful.

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    • October 24, 2017, at 11:55 PM PDT
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  13. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Toad Hall last week.

    Is it really nearly Halloween?

    My bees are glad it feels more like August. And the raspberries are so sweet this year!

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    • October 25, 2017, at 4:35 AM PDT
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  14. Trink Coolidge
    Trink Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    @skipsul Do you approve these colors ? :)

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    • October 25, 2017, at 7:27 AM PDT
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  15. Profile Photo Member

    As mentioned, fall comes later in Texas, and for west Houston, that’s around Thanksgiving. Here are a few from around my neighborhood, on November 24, 2014.

    Yaupon Holly:

    Crape Myrtle:

    Loquat Oak:

    Ash:

    Red Oak, just starting to turn:

    Chinese Tallow:

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    • October 25, 2017, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  16. MarciN Member

    Steven Heaslip, photographer for the Cape Cod Times, caught this photograph this morning (Wednesday, the 25th), which the Cape Cod Times described thusly on its Facebook page:

    A colorful battle to control the skies between the sun and clouds at daybreak. Cape Cod Times photo by Steve Heaslip.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 12:58 PM PDT
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  17. Profile Photo Member

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Cape Cod

    The Misses and I checked off a bucket list item a couple weeks ago with a week-long fall-leaf bus tour through New England, including Cape Cod. It was the last scheduled tour of the year (for that tour), and we lucked out on the leaves, getting to catch pre-peak early in the tour, and peak later in the week.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 2:31 PM PDT
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  18. MarciN Member

    AchillesLastand (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Cape Cod

    The Misses and I checked off a bucket list item a couple weeks ago with a week-long fall-leaf bus tour through New England, including Cape Cod. It was the last scheduled tour of the year (for that tour), and we lucked out on the leaves, getting to catch pre-peak early in the tour, and peak later in the week.

    You must have had a wonderful trip.

    Our leaves are just starting to turn now. I grew up north of Boston, where the maple trees were the first to turn, after which there was a steady progression from red to yellow to orange and finally brown through the mostly deciduous woods.

    In contrast, on Cape Cod where I live now, fall rolls out very slowly. Fall is our “shoulder season,” after the summer tourist season, and it really is the nicest time of year here. Our springs are supercold, and our recompense for enduring the bitingly cold Aprils are our warm Octobers.

    We have very few maples throughout most of the Cape. The Cape was deforested so many times in its history that our landscape is covered with oak trees and pitch pines. Both of those trees grow quickly in our sandy soil, which is why they were planted here.

    What happens here, in the absence of the first-turning maples throughout the rest of New England, is that our five- to six-foot-tall ash trees that make up the eye-level brush (bracken?) of the woods turn yellow. It looks ethereal to see the yellow band of color running through the pine and oak woods. Then the native high bush blueberry bushes turn bright red. That’s at about the three-foot-tall level. The effect is quite stunning in the woods–a ribbon of light airy yellow running through the woods with a ribbon of red just below it.

    The oaks don’t turn brown and drop until Thanksgiving.

    It’s very pretty. Of course, fall is pretty everywhere. :)

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    • October 25, 2017, at 4:03 PM PDT
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  19. Profile Photo Member

    @marcin Most of the Houston area (250 square miles) is dominated by Live Oaks. Now, I love Live Oaks, especially the 300-yr-old ones, but I have read that 85% of the trees in Houston are Live Oaks. That makes fall pretty boring here, since Live Oaks start dropping their leaves in March, when the new leaves are coming out, and the old leaves just turn brown and fall off. In fact, the other oaks typically just turn brown and fall off, too, with the exceptions of the Red Oak and the Loquat Oak, both of which have been planted in our subdivision, along with Ash and Bradford Pear, which provide splashes of color amid the background of dark green.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 4:37 PM PDT
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  20. MarciN Member

    AchillesLastand (View Comment):
    Most of the Houston area (250 square miles) is dominated by Live Oaks. Now, I love Live Oaks, especially the 300-yr-old ones, but I have read that 85% of the trees in Houston are Live Oaks. That makes fall pretty boring here, since Live Oaks start dropping their leaves in March, when the new leaves are coming out, and the old leaves just turn brown and fall off. In fact, the other oaks typically just turn brown and fall off, too, with the exceptions of the Red Oak and the Loquat Oak, both of which have been planted in our subdivision, along with Ash and Bradford Pear, which provide splashes of color amid the background of dark green.

    I know how you feel about the oaks. :) I feel that way too some days. That said, they are awfully pretty when it snows and the light nutty brown oak leaves are still on the trees (the new leaves in the spring push out the last leaves that didn’t fall over the winter). And in Boston around the medical centers on Longwood Avenue, I’ve seen a few oaks that have been perfectly pruned, fertilized, and watered over the years, and I realize they are quite beautiful. I’m always taken aback by a well-cared-for oak tree! :)

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    • October 25, 2017, at 5:43 PM PDT
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  21. TempTime Member

    Thanks for the maple tree photos @skipsul; reminds of home. Always loved those trees in the Fall. Well, not the raking leaves part, but everything else.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 6:04 PM PDT
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  22. Susan Quinn Contributor

    We will have leaves changing, but not much yet. I know the fall season by that first chilly morning. This morning was in the high 50’s! I love it. Beautiful photos, Skip. Thanks.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 6:06 PM PDT
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  23. Hypatia Inactive

    .”..Between the mutinous brave burning of the leaves

    And winter’s covering of our hearts with his deep snow

    We are alone. There are no evening birds. We know

    The naked moon, the tame stars circle at our eaves.

    It is the human season…”

    –A. MacLeish , Immortal Autumn

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    • October 25, 2017, at 6:27 PM PDT
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  24. Trink Coolidge
    Trink Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Hypatia (View Comment):
    .”..Between the mutinous brave burning of the leaves

    And winter’s covering of our hearts with his deep snow

    We are alone. There are no evening birds. We know

    The naked moon, the tame stars circle at our eaves.

    It is the human season…”

    –A. MacLeish , In Praise of Autumn

    Thank you for this. I’ve never encountered it. It’s so fine that it wounds and lifts all at once.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 6:35 PM PDT
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  25. Clavius Thatcher

    Lovely!

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    • October 25, 2017, at 6:41 PM PDT
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  26. MarciN Member

    I was driving along in my car one morning, and the DJ on our classical music station read this entire poem to us, his listeners. It was also one of my mother’s favorite poems.

    Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

    October’s Bright Blue Weather

    Suns and skies and clouds of June,
    And flowers of June together,
    Ye cannot rival for one hour
    October’s bright blue weather;

    When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
    Belated, thriftless vagrant,
    And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
    And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

    When Gentians roll their fringes tight
    To save them for the morning,
    And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
    Without a sound of warning;

    When on the ground red apples lie
    In piles like jewels shining,
    And redder still on old stone walls
    Are leaves of woodbine twining;

    When all the lovely wayside things
    Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
    And in the fields, still green and fair,
    Late aftermaths are growing;

    When springs run low, and on the brooks,
    In idle golden freighting,
    Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
    Of woods, for winter waiting;

    When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
    By twos and twos together,
    And count like misers, hour by hour,
    October’s bright blue weather.

    O suns and skies and flowers of June,
    Count all your boasts together,
    Love loveth best of all the year
    October’s bright blue weather.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 6:57 PM PDT
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  27. Locke On Member

    With two acres of ‘mature plantings’, we are busy sweeping, raking, burning and composting autumn beauty (trying to appreciate it as we go). Crabapple and lindens are mostly down, sweet gums and oaks in process, maples just beginning, and the infernal sycamores will be throwing down their non-colorful, impossible to compost leaves from now to February.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 6:58 PM PDT
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  28. Trink Coolidge
    Trink Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    MarciN (View Comment):
    O suns and skies and flowers of June,
    Count all your boasts together,
    Love loveth best of all the year
    October’s bright blue weather.

    Oh yes. What a finish. It makes the heart soar into that blue. We were out under it most of the day. The fleeting clouds made the blue bluer :)

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    • October 25, 2017, at 7:02 PM PDT
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  29. Trink Coolidge
    Trink Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Locke On (View Comment):
    . . the infernal sycamores will be throwing down their non-colorful, impossible to compost leaves . .

    Of course I sympathize, but oh how I love their summer bowers.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 7:04 PM PDT
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  30. Sorry, I can't take this … Inactive

    No fall colors to show, but my husband took this on his way to work early one morning. Testing Christmas lights at Temple Square. They’ve been working on the light displays since August.

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    • October 25, 2017, at 7:08 PM PDT
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