Autumn colors 2013

Here it is late October and the Ouachitas are just beginning to turn. ¬†Even though the woods are mostly green, there’s still plenty of autumn color around. Photos taken today and yesterday.

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Muscadine

Last year, there was so much rain, none of the grape vines twined around the trees was pollinated. No grapes. Anywhere. This year, there were grapes, but the hot dry summer caused many to become raisins on the vine — which is why it was so surprising to see these plump muscadines ripening.

Muscadines are a hardy grape and often wind up in jellies and wine.

Muscadines on the vine
Muscadines ripen in late summer in the Ouachita forest.