Fall Back to Nature’s Dazzling Colors
September 28, 2020
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~ Albert Camus (French philosopher and journalist)
Part of the appeal of living in a master-planned community such as ArrowBrooke, located in Aubrey, nestled between Denton, Little Elm and Prosper, is the exemplary natural beauty of the area. Never is this more glorious than in autumn. It’s all about the leaves. And there are several locations near Aubrey where the colors are amazing.
In fact, it has been noted by more than one writer that “autumn” is also known as “fall” because one of the characteristics of the season is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees. The colors we all associate with fall – the transition from green to light yellow, deep gold, orange, crimson and dark red – are all inspired by this natural process.
What Causes the Leaves to Change Color in the Fall?
Plants, and especially trees, are extremely efficient “machines.” As this article notes, “During the spring and summer the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch.
“Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments, carotenoids and xanthophyll pigments which, for example, give the orange color to a carrot. Most of the year these colors are masked by great amounts of green coloring.”
However, in the fall, nature takes a U-turn. “Because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor.”
Three Great Places to See the Dazzling Fall Colors
While not as well-known as the autumn foliage of New England and the Northeast U.S., North Texas has several places to view jaw-dropping fall colors. Many are not far from ArrowBrooke and are found in Texas state parks and have a stunning array of beautiful fall colors to go along with all the fantastic hiking, camping, and recreation they offer year-round.
#1 Daingerfield State Park
According to TourTexas, “nestled deep in the heart of northeast Texas, among the towering forests of pine, oak, and cypress trees, is Daingerfield State Park. While this outdoor playground is an idyllic year-round adventure destination, it is truly spectacular in the fall.” There are miles of hiking trails and kayak paddling on the lake. This park has a veritable sea of brilliant red, orange, and yellow leaves.
#2 Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
The Piney Woods of Northeast Texas are ground zero for stunning fall colors and Lake Bob Sandlin State park is the epicenter. From mid-October through mid-November, the park is painted with vibrant colors as the sweetgum, hickory, and red maple trees turn with the season. These colors are reflected off the still waters of Lake Bob Sandlin and can be enjoyed by exploring the hiking and mountain biking trails.
#3 Tyler State Park
About two hours south and west of ArrowBrooke is one of the best places to enjoy nature’s turning of the seasonal page – Tyler State Park. According to TourTexas, “this park has a majestic forest of 100-foot-tall trees and a scenic 64-acre spring-fed lake, creating a beautiful East Texas retreat. Each fall, the park is a showcase of all the colors of the season, as the sweetgums, maples, dogwoods, oaks, and more adopt a dizzying array of yellows, reds, and oranges.” Great viewing spots include: Lakeshore Trail, an awe-inspiring view of the lake and the colorful trees, and Whispering Pines Trail that takes you to a rock waterfall.
A Community for All Seasons
Because of its location – far enough away for peace and quiet, but close enough to be convenient – ArrowBrooke offers the best of all worlds, no matter what season it might be. Fall is a great time to come see why. For more information, just click here.