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A Very Colorful Fall Walk

The recent local weather (hot cold hot cold rainy sunny cold hot again), while making wardrobe deliberations a maddening ordeal with at best a 50-50 percent chance of success, have had an unexpected effect.  The local flora, famous for not giving a fig for seasonal expectations and remaining green until January, has decided, for once, to oblige Sigyn’s longing for a colored autumn.

We have therefore embarked upon a tour of the yard, the surrounding neighborhood, and the park at the end of the street, in order to take in all the offerings on this bright and sunny afternoon.

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cedar elm

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pecan

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woolly bucket or gum bumelia (both ludicrous names)

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upland swamp privet (an oxymoron if I ever heard one)

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yaupon holly

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post oak

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aster

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winged elm

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farkleberry

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bitterweed

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more asters

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more yaupon

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ditto (can you tell Sigyn really likes holly?)

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greenbriar

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a whole galaxy of asters  (Time for a little rest.  Dangling is hard work)

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white mulberry

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miniature dragon

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poison ivy  (Go on, human female, pat the pretty plant!)

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more mulberry

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copperleaf (Aptly named, I’d say.)

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More elmage

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honey locust

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bald cypress

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yet more elms

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many shot of a truly splendid farkleberry

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blackjack oak

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They say some medieval craftsman invented stained glass.  I’m not so sure.

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While We Are at Rudder

We are back near Rudder Tower to have a proper look-around.  Probably the most famous landmark is the fountain.

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Do not ask me why it is blue when everything else on the campus is maroon. That is one of the Great Mysteries of the Age.  My working theory is that the blue disguises all the dog slobber in there from frisbee-fetching canines. (It is very refreshing on a hot day.)  It used to be a tradition to throw people into the fountain on their birthdays.  The human female, in her friendless undergraduate days, was forced to throw herself in.

The Rudder Tower and Student Center Complex includes a number of nice places to sit and read or eat a snack.  This one has some nice blooming trees that are just about finished. Sigyn likes the crepemyrtle especially.

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The crinkly petals make the flowers very fluffy.

And very fashionable!

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