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NNNN Posts: 25,235 Senior Member
I have seen Gum saplings with red leaves and some trees in the forest are shedding leaves, as well as the city Dogwoods
have berries and are taking on a slight yellowish hue.

Also, I saw the first fall flock of Grackles.

And the Rites of Fall happen on Monday
Dove Season.


  • sherwoodsherwood Posts: 1,224 Senior Member
    Not here. I expect to have another day at the range wiping sweat out of my muffs.
    I may be old but I ain't dead!
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Posts: 832 Senior Member
    Summer is far from over in the upper Midwest. Heat index has been over 100 all week and possibly into early next week! Fall cant come soon enough!
  • tennmiketennmike Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Leaves are starting to get that green color they get right before they start to turn color.

    Speaking of dogwood berries, I remember when in school when they'd turn red. Some of us guys would get a piece of cane pole with the right inside diameter and make pop guns. The cane would be about 5" long, and a loose fitting plunger would be whittled out to fit inside but only move inside the cane about 4". A dogwood berry would be pushed inside to the limit of the plunger, then another one started in behind it. A hard rap on the plunger would compress air between the two berries and the front one would shoot out with a really loud 'POP'. Anyone within about 20 feet hit with one of those things would get a nice red welt from the dogwood berry smacking them at considerable velocity. Nobody got an eye shot out, but sported some nice red dots from the 'Dogwood Berry Wars'. :roll2:
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  • timctimc Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    I can't tell here, we have been so dry everything has been brown for months and is still brown today.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Posts: 12,419 Senior Member
    Not here. It will be over 100 today
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Ahemmm... Your attention, please. The "Biological Sexual Intellectual" has an announcement!

    Leaf color in trees, bushes, etc, is triggered much more by the angle of sunlight, especially the angle of infra-red sunlight on the tree than it is by ambient temperature. As the days shorten an abcision layer of cells begins to form in the leaf stem and this begins to restrict the flow of manufactured food sugars flowing from the leaf to the tree roots. It's the manufactured sugar in the leaves being backlogged that is beginning to change color. As the days shorten and the sunlight angle decreases color change is intensified. Some tree species tend to react first with just slight amounts of sunlight change. In the eastern hardwood forest where NN and probably most of us are, the sweetgums, sassafras and sumacs usually show the earliest changes.
  • samzheresamzhere Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Not in Houston. Here's it's still summer, followed by "just summer". We'll get 90s deep into September, then the frigid fall temps of 80s will come billowing in. Brrrr....
  • tennmiketennmike Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    The maple trees in my yard are starting to show some yellow in the leaves, and there are a lot of brown spots on the leaves, too. Won't be long before they start turning color and shedding.

    As to the weather, it's 91 deg and 71% humidity right now. Sucks to be outside.
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  • Dr. dbDr. db Posts: 1,541 Senior Member
    No grackle season?
  • samzheresamzhere Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Today in Houston, 98-99, same temps for the next couple weeks at least. So, no.
  • samzheresamzhere Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Dr. db wrote: »
    No grackle season?

    Oh, we've got plenty of grackles here. It's just that they all have these little wing-mounted air conditioner units. Pretty keen, actually.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Yeah, summer's over for me. The leaves are turning/falling. Today's high was 75° and some rain. Hunting season opens at sunrise tomorrow and the elk rut starts in about 10 days.

    Doesn't matter what the calendar says, it is fall up here.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Posts: 18,356 Senior Member
    It's 108 here....Summer is digging in her claws....
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  • NNNN Posts: 25,235 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    My summer will NEVER be over EVER again!!!!! :tooth:

    I need it over, I have wood to burn.
  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Up here...been over for a while. Haven't seen 80 for weeks. Had one week of mid 90s, then carp; 70s, rain, leaves falling everywhere. Usually, Columbus day weekend is a big tourist time for the leaves...not this year.
    As wife would say, "wonky" summer.
    Heck, even the apples are ready a month and a half early....

    Support your local Scouts!
  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    Well, it IS September starting tomorrow... Two weeks and we're educating tree rats what an orange hat means.. Two more and Bambi may be on the wrong end of a pointy stick..
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  • BigslugBigslug Posts: 9,858 Senior Member
    We just had a tropical storm roll into Socal that has temps in the 90's with ten billion percent humidity. Feels like I'm back in Southern Illinois. I step outside of my air conditioned car and my glasses immediately go to white-out. The only difference is that the bugs haven't had millennium of this climate to really propagate, but they're trying.

    Tomorrow may be the dove opener, but I ain't goin' out in this. Blech!

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