Sunday, November 09, 2008

Underneath the Texas Madrone in the fall

The Texas Madrone is one of the most beautiful trees in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Found in protected canyons (these photos came from the Modesta Canyon Trail at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens and the Guadalupe Mountains National Park Devil's Hall Trail) and on mountain slopes at higher elevation, this time of year the trees develop and drop their red berries.
The bark peels off in sheets, revealing lovely tones of white, pink and red underneath, giving the tree the common name of "Ladies Legs."
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