We don’t always get a lot of the spectacular fall colors that other parts of the country get, (maybe because we’re a little too far south) and this year the color has seemed slow in coming. We haven’t had a ton of cool weather so that might have something to do with it. But I noticed while walking this week that there were a few trees that looked especially pretty to me with the bright sun shining on them. I’ll put a couple of pictures on the extended page….

This is a Chinese Tallow tree that’s in my backyard…the kids have always called it a popcorn tree! It gets these little seed looking pods on them that will burst open and be white, looks sorta like popcorn. I didn’t get it to show up as well in the photo as it looks in the yard!

A close up of the leaves….you might can see the little dark seed pod things. Sometimes these are fun to cut and decorate with if you can catch the branches at the right time with the white seeds all opened up on them. A few of them are just starting to open up on the left side of the picture.

I have a very old, very big crepe myrtle tree in the yard too. Sometimes it’s a wonder to me that it’s still standing. It has fallen over 2 different times in past winters, due to ice storms. Don brought in some big equipment, attached heavy wire to the trunk and pulled the tree back up to a standing position. Then he pulled the wire taut, staking it into the ground and left it like that for almost a year. The tree had leaves come back both times with blooms in the summer. I stood underneath it the other day and took this one…..I love these red leaves!

On our morning walks this week, we’ve also noticed a really pretty tree that looked SO yellow. I think it was the way the sun was shining on it because when we got past the tree and turned around for another look, it looked more orange! I meant to go by there yesterday and take a picture but didn’t make it. This morning we saw that almost all the leaves had fallen since yesterday; we had some big storms and lots of wind so I think that took most of them off. But I picked up one leaf on the street, just because I’m weird that way and thought it looked nice!

It’s not the big showy stuff, but not too bad for my little corner of the world!

11 Responses to ““Color my World””

  1. Lynne Says:

    The trees look beautiful. All the leaves have blown off our crepe myrtles – and they were just starting to turn. We have some pretty trees around here – I should take some pictures. Up the street, there are a few maples that are bright red and gorgeous.

  2. Stacy Says:

    Pretty! I see some when we’re walking or I’m driving somewhere, but always when I never have my camera with me! Here in our yard, we’re not getting a lot of color. My next door neighbor’s tree (the one who moved and NO ONE was there to water it all summer) is redder than mine and I’m disappointed in that. I’ve got a couple of pictures to post sometime… the winds and storm that came through last night and the wind blowing today are knocking down a lot of the leaves around here. More brown that red, yellow or orange though!

  3. Becky Says:

    I love the colors of the fall. I know you don’t get them quite as vibrant as they do in the north, but we have to take what we can get. We’ve been here for 16 yrs and last year was the first time I’ve ever seen the leaves change here, due to freezing temps the week of Thanksgiving, instead of waiting till Jan when the leaves are all gone by then.

    Enjoy the color.

    And … I see you were a winner over at Callapidder Days. Congrats!

  4. Susanne Says:

    Just gorgeous! We don’t get a lot of the red colors where I live either.

  5. Fresh Girl Says:

    Beautiful trees! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that first one before — love it!

  6. Lori4squaremom Says:

    Oh Gail, they are beautiful! Here in central CA we don’t have too much of a fall, but many of the trees to change colors, and do drop their leaves. I don’t really have any beautiful trees in my neighborhood to take pictures of, but when we lived in our old house (on a working cattle ranch) there were over 40 LARGE trees that all dropped their leaves (we had 5 of them in our yard), the best thing about this was that they turned spectacular colors. I found out about 3 years after moving in there (we lived there for 11 years) that the trees were planted specifically to remind the Grandmother of falls in the East :). Anyhow, we also had a crape myrtle (it was right outside our front door) and I LOVED that tree, and the older it got, the more it leaned….I’m afraid that by now, it has probably pushed the fence over!).


  7. Lauren@Baseballs&Bows Says:

    I have been so surprised that we have had a gorgeous fall. I thought the drought would make it less so. The past two weeks here have been unbelievably beautiful. When I drive into our historic downtown area, it is just awesome. The older neighborhoods in that area have such mature, beautiful trees, and they are much more plentiful than in newly developed areas. I wish I could take a picture that would do it justice.

  8. Eden Says:

    Absolutely beautiful! You’re making miss the fall colors. lol

  9. jen Says:

    I just noticed this past week how pretty the old roads look while driving down them. We take all of the beautiful colors for granted. I think this year is the first year I enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing your part of the world too. Come see me Monday I’m going to post pics of our home….FINALLY!

  10. annie Says:

    I love the changing colors too Gail!

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