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Fall Colored Leaves: Photos of Colorful Autumn Season in Houston, TX

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Colorful Autumn Leaves

Colorful Autumn Leaves

Season of Fall

Today is December 15th in Houston, Texas, and we are now experiencing the beauty of fall-colored leaves.

By no stretch of the imagination would people think to head on down here and take vacations hoping to see the splendor of colored leaves as they often do in the New England States or even states in the mid-west like Wisconsin, where I spent my early childhood.

Taking a walk with my husband this morning, I placed my Panasonic digital camera in a pants pocket and hauled it out on occasion to snap some photos. Enjoy these photos from the autumn season in Houston.

Autumn Season

The temperature today will get up to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and then for the next week or so, have highs in the 60's or so. We are also due to get some much-needed rain. The humidity was high, leaving droplets of accumulated water on many fallen leaves as though they had already received a splattering of rain. Hopefully, the rain will come as predicted. We are still way behind our usual rainfall for the year in Houston and much of Texas, for that matter.

The autumn season up north is nothing short of spectacular! Vivid reds, oranges, yellows, and browns, plus colors of the rainbow, make looking at the forested areas a feast for the eyes. The sugar maple trees, and many others, put on a show of vivid coloration that has photographers eagerly snapping pictures and artists trying their best to capture the scenery in paintings.

Stanley Horowitz, the CEO and president of the National United Jewish Appeal said the following: "Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all."

How very fitting! Autumn is like getting a brand new box of multi-colored crayons with all the variations and different hues of colors ready to be played with and enjoyed.

Autumn Leaves painting by John Everett Millais

Autumn Leaves painting by John Everett Millais

Leaf Quotes

The following quote is by John Burroughs, who was known as an American naturalist and essayist. "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."

We could and should learn much from this. Aging is inevitable, and there is beauty in each season of life. While the aged may no longer have the stamina nor smooth, unwrinkled skin as when they were young, there is a beauty that comes with weathering life experiences and finally realizing what is most important in life. Older people can impart stories and teach us valuable lessons if we take the time to listen and learn.

This quote is by Emily Bronte, who became famous for writing the book Wuthering Heights. "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."

Comparing the leaves in Emily Bronte's quote to our human existence, every new life brought into this world delights us and brings smiles and happiness. When passing on to the next realm of life, such as the leaves falling from the trees, memories of their lives will long nourish our souls much as the leaves will ultimately enrich the soil.

Falling Leaves

On my mother's and my last trip up to Iowa, we purposely planned a trip in October, hoping to see the beautiful colored and falling leaves, and we got to view great beauty. My aunt and uncle drove us to various places where the trees were resplendent with the fall colors.

Places like the historic Chippiannock Cemetery in Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from Bettendorf, Iowa, where they live was gorgeous to see at that time of year! I took many photos of not only the spectacular monuments but also the colored leaves.

A trip to Galena, Illinois, a fun one-day adventure, had us viewing beautiful fall scenery along the way. I will always treasure those memories of the last out-of-state trip with my mother.

Here is a quote by English novelist Mary Ann Evans better known by her pen-name of George Eliot. "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

What a dream it would be to see the beauty of autumn played out in locations worldwide.

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Autumn Season in Houston

Those of you who may think that we do not experience colorful autumn leaf colors, take a look at these photos. The Bradford pear tree is covered with white blossoms in the spring and then has multi-colored leaves in fall. The red-bud tree breaks out in the spring of the year with its pink blossoms before any of its unfurling leaves sheds its yellow heart-shaped leaves in the fall.

The crape myrtle shrubs and trees, which grace the landscapes with wonderful and showy blossoms all summer long, are also adorned with colorful leaves in the fall. These and other plants make autumn a beautiful time of year here in Houston.

I know that many of you in northern climates enjoyed your fall colors earlier in the year and by now may have snow-covered grounds. I thought that you might be interested in what our landscapes look like at this time of year.

In addition to the deciduous shrubs and trees festooning us with their vibrant colors, we have roses in bloom and many other types of flowers like pansies, snapdragons, and more. It is a glorious time of year to be living in Houston!

"Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron, and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under the harvest skies."

— Sharon Kay Penman


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are always welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2021:

Hi Anna,

I am pleased that you enjoyed the quotes about autumn leaves as well as my photos. Many people seem to love that time of year. Thanks for your comment.

Anna on April 29, 2021:

LOVE seeing the beautiful colors of autumn leaves. Thanks for publishing these pictures and the quotes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

It was 98 degrees in Houston today and it is hard to think that fall is coming but it will certainly be welcomed not only for the autumn leaves but the cooler temperatures. Thanks for the shares of this article.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 17, 2014:

Autumn will be here before you know it! I can't believe that summer is all but done -- except for the heat, of course and it's time for me to go back to work -- which I did yesterday morning.

You have such gorgeous photos here. I have only seen so much autumn color a couple of times in all the years I've lived up here in North Texas. Seems like the dryer years produce the most colorful leaves.

Pinned to Awesome Hubpages (already pinned to my 'Yellow & Orange' board months ago), and posted to my FB page. Also, sharing with my followers here on HP! Hope all is well with you and yours.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

We have yet to have the full effect of the fall colors here in Houston while up north people report that most of the trees are already bare and they are getting snow. Makes a big difference in what part of the country we live. Thanks for the pin.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 08, 2013:

Gorgeous photos! Pinned to my 'Yellow & Orange' board, voted up, interesting, beautiful, and awesome! Will share with my followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2013:

Hello livingsta,

So nice to know that you enjoyed these colorful photos of the autumn leaves as it is viewed in Houston, Texas. It appears that it will be an early Spring here this year. The azaleas have started blooming all around town. Thanks for your votes and share.

livingsta from United Kingdom on February 26, 2013:

Awesome is one word. Enjoyed the photos. Vibrant and beautiful colours. Autumn is my favourite season, and it is like a second spring. Thank you for sharing this hub. Voted up and sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Hi Denise,

Soon we will have these colored leaves in the Houston area again as the Autumn Season is fast approaching. Glad it brought back memories for you of the Fall Season in the Midwest. That is a glorious time of year up there! Thanks for your comment and the link. Will check out your Fall hub now.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 04, 2012:

Peggy-I love this hub. It brings back so many memories of fall in the Midwest. Beautiful photos and great presentation here with the divided pages and video. Thanks for sharing. I'm linking this one to my Fall hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 04, 2012:

Hi Gail,

Always enjoy your visits and comments. Delaware must be beautiful in the Autumn season of the year! So glad that you enjoyed this and thanks for the votes and share.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 04, 2012:

Loved this beautiful and relaxing hub about fall. Your hubs about places always make me feel like I've actually to the area and the music videos you choose are wonderful.

Enjoyed the quotes and the metaphor to aging.

Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.

The trees in my home state of Delaware are just starting to change color and this hub has definitely put me in the mood for a shift into fall.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hello klarawieck,

At least you can view fall colors in photos, etc. Someday if and when you visit the parts of the country where fall colored leaves are predominant, you will be amazed at their beauty! As pretty as the fall colored leaves are in Houston, up north they are even MORE resplendent. Thanks for your comment.

klarawieck on September 13, 2012:

Peggy, how beautiful! I don't get to see autumn here in South Florida. Actually, I have NEVER seen the colors of autumn. Isn't that sad?! Well, maybe someday... (sigh)

The photos, quotes... everything about this hub is gorgeous! Congrats!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2012:

Hello FreezeFrame34,

There is no doubt about it! If one wishes to immerse themselves in the beauty of a multitude of fall colored should head for more northern climates where they put on a spectacular show. But we certainly like and enjoy the trees that turn colors in the south. If you take a vacation to the north country...enjoy!!! Appreciate your comment.

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on September 10, 2012:

Beautiful pictures! I live in the south now, but was born and raised in the north. I sure do miss the cooler temperatures, the colorful leaves changing colors, and the warm apple cider! I might just have to take a trip up north-I am home sick! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2012:

Hello healthylife2,

So happy that you enjoyed this look at our Fall season in Houston, Texas. While I still fondly remember the spectacular fall colored leaves from more northern climes...we get a taste of it in the south with some of our trees that turn vivid colors. It is a beautiful time of year and also my favorite season followed by Spring. Thanks for your comment and particularly the share.

healthylife2 on September 10, 2012:

I didn't realize you were not only a writer but an amazing photographer as well. This is by far my favorite season. I love the way you tied the season into your personal experiences like the walk with your husband and I found the description of the walk with your mother beautiful as well. Since it is time for autumn I'm sharing this!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 09, 2012:

Hi agusfanani,

The fall colored leaves are beautiful in Houston, Texas as they are in many other parts of our country and the world. Nature is truly resplendent with her vestments of color at this time of year which we will soon see again. Thanks for your comment.

agusfanani from Indonesia on September 09, 2012:

What amazing colors of leaves !. Those trees have shown the greatness of nature and cheer people around them up with their lovely colors. Thank you Peggy, this hub is very beautiful .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2012:

Hi Vinaya,

Thanks for the compliment on my picture taking ability. I guess what they say is true...practice makes perfect. Not sure about the "perfect" part, but I get lots of practice! Ha! Glad that you enjoyed the autumn colored leaves photos.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 15, 2012:

Dear Peggy,

You are a wonderful photographer. I loved the nature's colors in your pictures.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2011:

Hi Judi,

I can understand your son's amazement at the fall colored leaves...especially up north where they are truly spectacular in the autumn season. Thanks for your comment.

judio on December 28, 2011:

Really enjoyed this hub. I'll never forget the excitement from my then 9 yr. old son as we approached landing at O'Hare over the nearby forest preserves in October when he saw "fall colors" for the first time. He thought the trees were made of gold!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 23, 2011:

Hi Mark,

Ahh...the days of playing marbles. My brothers and I used to have quite a collection of them. Those were simple times with simple pleasures. Your memories of walking home when the colored leaves of the autumn season littered the ground sound like fun. Thanks for sharing your memories in your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2011:

Hi Coolmon2009,

It was a pretty autumn season in Houston, Texas this year. Most of the colored leaves are now on the ground with only a few still attached to the trees. Winter has officially arrived! Thanks for your comment.

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on December 22, 2011:

Nice article and beautiful pictures; our area of Texas is pretty in the Fall.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 21, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

The wind in the last few days has taken its toll on the beautiful fall colored leaves. Many now litter the ground instead of adorning the trees with their beautiful colors. Glad that I took these photos when I did! Tomorrow is the first official day of winter. Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on December 21, 2011:

I love this time of the season. The brilliant colors of the trees are really inspiring and the cool temperatures are so inviting. Great photos and videos of all the beautiful trees and their different colors welcoming fall. Great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2011:

Hi Hanna,

Autumn leaves are so beautiful in every part of the world where they are viewed. Of course some places are more showy than others simply because of the numbers of deciduous plants that turn colors all around the same time. Houston, Texas has been particularly pretty this year. Glad that you enjoyed viewing this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 20, 2011:

I love this part of autumn and nature is so beautiful. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2011:

Hi AliciaC,

I also loved that quote. Nice to know that you enjoyed seeing the colored leaves from this year's autumn season in Houston. Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 18, 2011:

I love the beautiful colors in your photos, Peggy, and I loved reading the quotations too - especially the one from Stanley Horowitz, which I thought was a wonderful description of the seasons. Thank you for sharing the information about this year's autumn in Houston!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2011:

Hi cherylone,

So glad that you enjoyed these colored leaves photos taken in the autumn season which is right now in Houston. It is a glorious time of year. Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on December 16, 2011:

Absolutely beautiful, fall is my favorite time of year. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy it again with your hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2011:

Hi Ann,

That would be fun to follow the autumn seasons around the globe. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2011:

Hi Marie Brannon,

I wonder if the spectacular colored leaves have anything to do with the drought we have had this year? Glad that I took the photos yesterday. On our walk today, many of the same trees have lost many of the leaves in just one day. Got some good photos today of the many leaves on the ground and added them to this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 16, 2011:

Hi WannaB Writer,

You are right in that most people think of the spectacular fall colors as belonging up in the colder climates. While we may not have quite as many trees that have the colored leaves...we do have enough to make the autumn season colorful and noteworthy. Thanks for your comment.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on December 16, 2011:

I agree with Mary Ann Evans. I would follow Falls. This made me miss Memphis. Lovely hub.

Marie Brannon on December 16, 2011:

Hi Peggy,

It seems I'm not the only one who has noticed the extraordinary colors we have here in the Houston area this year! In the 60+ years I've been a Houstonian, there have been very few autumns as spectacular as this. Thanks for sharing.

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