Fall: Brought to you in living color
Rockdale trees ‘gone to glory’
One of Rockdale’s many ‘technicolor’ highlights fall mornings and afternoons is a redbud tree at the corner of Wilcox and Belton. Reporter/Mike Brown
A grumpy Englishman visited New England not long after the Revolutionary War and wrote a long essay on what was “wrong with America.”
But he ended by admitting, “I will say this. In the fall, the whole country goes to glory!”
Rockdale, and the surrounding countryside, has “gone to glory” in 2010, following a recent pattern of spectacular foliage in recent years.
While many of the brightest reds, golds and purples are more exotic trees, even the area’s numerous post oaks and black jacks are joining the big show.
Botanists say a succession of warm days and cool, but not freezing, nights, combine to bring out “carotenoids” and “anthocyanins” in the leaves to produce colors.
Above, absolutely nothing is brighter red than yaupon berries in the fall; at right, bald cypress tree on Highland Avenue glows with a color somewhere between salmon and magenta; below, we call it ‘raking’ but you could put this ankle deep mix on display, add some scent and call it ‘potpourri’; below right, fall happens one leaf at a time as this gold one turns loose from its limb and heads into the San Gabriel River.
Translation: “They’ve gone to glory.”