I have long enjoyed viewing posts in the bi-monthly Thursday Tree Love blog hop hosted by Parul at Happiness and Food. For almost as long, I've thought I should jump in with some shots of our wonderful assortment of trees here in Caneyhead. Well, today I have finally made it!
This is a view looking up through the boughs of our sweetgum tree into the blue Texas sky. Over half of the leaves have fallen already for autumn. A little over half of those left are golden brown in the late afternoon sun. The rest cling to green, like our Southeast Texas days cling to highs in the 80's.
I have had a fondness for sweetgums since my childhood. I liked the velvety softness of their star shaped leaves. The rich, cool shade they give in summer. The way their bark peels and curls up to reveal a surface smooth as stone. Many happy days playing in the deep San Augustine grass under a towering sweetgum in the backyard of the old rent house on Cooks Road.
Please join in and enjoy the other trees featured in this weeks edition of #ThursdayTreeLove.