While it is the week of Christmas, and many gardens are covered in snow, here in Houston it’s Fall. And what a glorious fall it has been. We’ve had one of the best autumns for color in the past 30 years. More about this in an upcoming post (hint hint… lots of gorgeous fall color photos coming this week). I’ve collected three varieties of leaves.
Texas Red Oak: Quercus texana and/or Shumard Red Oak: Quercus shumardii (these are difficult to tell apart) (obovate shape with deep sinuses)
American Sweetgum or Liquidambar: Liquidambar styraciflua (broad and wide palmate shaped leaves)
Bradford Pear Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’ (oval leaves)
Shumard Red Oak leaf
Shumard Leaf: macro shot – notice how the color varies from cell to cell (just like the pixels in a TV or Monitor combine to create a picture)
Liquidambar leaf with it’s vivid red tones
These trees are filled with hanging seed balls (which can be quite messy in your garden).
Visit Macro Monday to view some very interesting close ups and if you have some macro shots to share, join in the fun. Macro Monday features closeup shots in the garden from fellow bloggers and are listed on Lisa’s Chaos.