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Drought cuts into fall color but it’s here


Gorgeous bougainvillea blooms contrast with golden leaves, white bark of stately cottonwoods at Harriett Watson home in Milano. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Gorgeous bougainvillea blooms contrast with golden leaves, white bark of stately cottonwoods at Harriett Watson home in Milano. Reporter/Mike Brown There’s no doubt that Rockdale and South Milam County aren’t glowing in the morning and afternoon sun as brightly as they did last fall.

A crippling spring and summer drought, coupled with p temperatures almost every day has drained much of the color from fall.

Many of the area’s oak trees which sported reds, bronzes and golds last year, went directly from green to muddy brown this year.

Many have dropped their leaves, as a trip to the country, or to your back yard, will prove.

But there are a few places where you can definitely tell it’s fall in Texas. The Reporter’s camera visits a few on this page.



Left, a few groves like this one on Davenport Lane, are showing color but they are the exception. Even normally reliable yaupon berries (R) more scarce this year. Left, a few groves like this one on Davenport Lane, are showing color but they are the exception. Even normally reliable yaupon berries (R) more scarce this year.


Left, At least one oak tree along County Road 329 ignored the drought and sports its full fall color to an afternoon sun. Above, a crane spreads its wings and heads skyward after stopping at replenished stock tank west of Milano. Pre-Thanksgiving rains delivered an inch to much of South Milam County. Left, At least one oak tree along County Road 329 ignored the drought and sports its full fall color to an afternoon sun. Above, a crane spreads its wings and heads skyward after stopping at replenished stock tank west of Milano. Pre-Thanksgiving rains delivered an inch to much of South Milam County.

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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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