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A lot of the Timber Are Naked


Most of the trees are bare on this Schenley Park hillside, 6 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

10 November 2022

In Pittsburgh the wind blew all day last Saturday with gusts as high at 35 mph. By Sunday morning, 6 November, most of the trees were bare.

I confirmed this at my favorite “leaf gauge” hillside in Schenley Park, above, after hiking at Hays Woods where bare trees sheltered the still-green leaves of invasive honeysuckle.

Most of the trees are bare inside Hays Woods, 6 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

Deciduous conifers are finally showing their own fall colors. Larches are yellow, dawn redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) are orange.

Deciduous needles on a dawn redwood, 7 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

The needles were dropping fast from this one in front of Phipps Conservatory.

Dawn redwood at Phipps, 7 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

Meanwhile half of the ginkgos (Ginkgo biloba) along Schenley Drive still had leaves.

Ginkgos along Schenley Drive, 7 Nov 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

Last year they weren’t bare until 20 November, below, but I predict they will be earlier this year.

Ginkgo trees lost their leaves later in 2021. This is 20 Nov (photo by Kate St. John)

Even if I couldn’t see them I can hear a clue that most of the trees are bare. The sound of leaf blowers fills my neighborhood. Maybe yours, too.

(photos and audio by Kate St. John)

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