Monday, November 8, 2010

Fall Foliage Tour, TX Panhandle Style -- A My Town Monday Post

Fall has arrived. In most places you can tell by the changing of leaves. here in the tree deprived Texas Panhandle it is a bit harder to see the changes. (Clicking any picture should give you a larger view)

When the cotton bolls open and reveal their white fluff white we know it is fall.

  
And of course when the grass in the bar ditch and the weeds along the fence line turn yellow, we know it is either fall or a drought.


Sometimes there will even be a tree or two that pops up in those bar ditches.


Matter of fact anyplace where water congregates you just might find a tree or three. Like along the sandy banks of our mostly dry creeks and rivers.


Yeah, I know most of you have far prettier fall foliage tours than I was able to provide, but I'm kind of partial to the wide-open rigged beauty the Texas Panhandle has to offer. And while we don't have many trees we go to great lengths to protect the ones we do have from rustlers.

Barbed Wire- It Ain't Just to Keep The Livestock In.



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16 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Not much fall foilage here, except for the Chinese Tallow, which are alien invaders.

Old Kitty said...

Only where you are can autumn be heralded by the opening of cotton balls!!! That's really pretty! I like that!!!

I think the scenery you show here has a sparse beauty all of its own! Take care
x

Debra She Who Seeks said...

No pesky leaf raking for you!

Reb said...

Very beautiful Travis. It looks very much like southern Alberta, except for the cotton ;)

lyzzydee said...

I like the cotton balls!!

Cloudia said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your lovely country with us all, Trav.



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AvDB said...

Pine dominates the Eastern Shore. Very little change at all. I drive over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and gasp at the realization that trees DO still change color. It's nice in the winter, though, when there is still green to be found.

tripleZmom said...

I love the cotton and your Texas tour. It's a different kind of pretty.

Dawn said...

I personally love our wide open spaces--you have the chance to admire each trees form and beauty and nothing is blocking your view of anything else.

Monnik said...

I love these pictures. I've never seen a field of cotton like that before.

the walking man said...

Shoot dude I still have some green leaves on the tree out front and the old lady is out there 24/7 with broom and rake in hand waiting for them to wither and fall.

How warm is it there and does your new place have room for a snow bird?

Junosmom said...

What I love about Texas (my mom used to live there) is that you can see forever. Trees and hills prevent that. It is just much different from where I live.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I really need to get back to this. Our landscapes are about as different as they can be.

Carol J. Garvin said...

That wide expanse of blue sky is gorgeous! Every kind of landscape has a unique beauty. I'm from Canada's west coast, with ocean, mountains and lush greens (thanks to lots of rain). One summer DH and I worked in Saskatchewan... the heart of Canada's prairie lands, dusty, flat, dry and with hay fields to the horizon. We hadn't been there two weeks before I realized it had a wonderful beauty all its own.

Our fall colours are fading quickly but your post reminds me to enjoy every moment of them.

DrillerAA09 said...

The first photo looks a little like Southeast Arkansas. But yes, overall, I'll keep the Ozark Mountains in the fall.

Barrie said...

I think I missed reading your post on Monday! We don't have much foliage here either. Of course, it's still pretty warm here!