City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

October 24, 2016

October 24th

Filed under: Box Elder Tree, Colors, Seasons — canopus56 @ 5:57 pm

The Brown Tube

Today, a Monday, the canyon is nearly empty; skies are overcast with some rain; and a strong, warm wind blows up the canyon. Leaves again fall and speckle the roadway. Between mile 0.5 and 1.1, where previously Fall leaves formed a yellow tube (Oct. 11th), now the grey roadtop is framed by two lines of light brown. The fallen leaves have made a mat about six inches deep on either side of the road that also runs up its slopes. This forms a contrasting backdrop for the grey tree trunks and for the Boxelder trees, which are leafless, but have large fronds of hanging catkins. Although not as flashy as early yellow tube, the brown tube has its own aesthetic appeal.

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