|I think this is a sassafras tree..|
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, fall finally made an appearance in Texas. My hubby and I found fall first, though, when we traveled to Eureka Springs, Ark. on Oct. 10. Such beauty ...
"How far until the highway?" Charles would ask.
I would pick up the map, then lay it down again. "I can't check now, I'm looking at trees."
"Look at that one," I say.
"Oh, and lookee, All along there, the red is brilliant."
|Overlooking Eureka Spring and Crescent Hotel|
We cruise on the Belle of the Ozarks, a 75 minute excursion along the shoreline of Beaver Lake. Our guide gives us the names of many of the trees that captivate us.
|Our guide took our windblown picture on the boat.|
In early October, the black gum trees turn dark red, some almost purple. Sassafras trees don orange foliage. Hickory trees prefer yellow leaves. Sumac lines the shoreline and many of the roads with small red bushes. Virginia Creeper winds branches of both green and even brown, dead trees with scarlet.
"But, watch out for the red cover," our guide cautions us. "Poison ivy also decorates trees with red vines of three leaf clusters, while Virginia Creeper has 5 leaves."
As a writer, blogger, Christian, and all around curious individual, I look for a lesson in everything.
Trees are in many stages of turning colors. Some were totally yellow or orange with no green left. Some were half and half, or covered with three or four colors. Many trees retained their luscious greenery with the exception of one branch of orange, or red.
Do we more mature Christians offer understanding, guidance, and a little patience to those who've only started to travel the path?