City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

September 20, 2016

August 10th

Filed under: Chokecherry, Colors, Crabapple trees, Gambel's Oak, Plants, Seasons, Thistle — canopus56 @ 10:49 pm

First Signs of Fall

4:00 p.m. The first day of Fall is not until September 22nd, but the early signs of the coming change of the seasons appear: At mile post 0.25 the fruit of a single chokecherry bush turns a deep purple-black. Higher up the canyon the fruit of similar bushes are still red. The first unripe green acorn from a Gambel Oak falls on the roadway. The first early green crabapple rolls across the pavement. On one bull thistle bush in the lower canyon, a single blossom explodes in a gray fountain of seeds. All the other blossoms on the same plant are still compact and purple.

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