Most of the Trees Are Bare

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.

Sound of a leaf blower, Pittsburgh, 8 Nov 2022 (recorded by Kate St. John)

(photos and audio by Kate St. John)

1 thought on “Most of the Trees Are Bare

  1. Hi Kate, Happy Belated Bird-day! Sorry I missed the day. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to your blog. You have really increased my knowledge of what marvels our planet has. So many times we take things for granted and assume our feathered and furry friends will always be there for our enjoyment. You make us aware that we need to take care of Mother Earth. I’ve enjoyed watching the peregrine and Hays Eagle videocams thanks to you.
    Many more happy years of blogging!

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