However, as my husband and I were driving around town with my parents, who were visiting for the Holiday from England, we noticed there was a lot more fall color than there normally is.
Now granted, most of it seemed to be courtesy of the obnoxious, invasive China Berry tree. But even as much as I despise China Berry, I forgave it a bit, as it was fulfilling my need for fall color.
More color as we look over our wall and down the road :-)
But when we took mum and dad up to Davy Crockett National Forest and, quite by chance, found Ratcliff Lake, we hit the motherlode.
Not only did we see some lovely color on our drive up there, but the lake itself offered some wonderful views, with reflections of the fall colors in the lake. The maples, oaks and other trees were changing leaves in ways I really just haven't seen down here. I was thrilled!
We had never heard of Ratcliff Lake before and we found it quite by accident, but it's a delightful place and, in the summer offers paddleboats and a swimming area, as well as hiking and fishing.
There's a concession stand (closed for the winter now), picnic tables and barbecue pits. Eric and I are looking forward to visiting again next year, during the season, and perhaps take a dip.
But there's always those pesky alligators to think about....
Fall Foliage in Texas State Parks
Texas Fall Foliage - Texas Tripper
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.