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Gulf Shores Fall Color


Most people do not think of the Gulf Coast as having much fall color but we do. It just doesn't happen in the fall ! I drove from a short distance down Fort Morgan Road up to the Gulf Shores Fire Department on Dec 3rd and took these photos. It was not even a sunny day, we had a light overcast that day but still I spotted stunning fall color. 

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Our crepe myrtles, sweet gum, maples, oaks, and popcorm trees can usually be counted on to put on a nice seasonal display. The only time the  popcorn trees don't participate is if we have a very early hard frost and the leaves drop off before they have a chance to to the color thing. 

Peninsula Golf Course has beautiful banks of assorted trees that display lots of color across the fairways.  Fall is the best time for a golf sunny days, no traffic and nature's fabulous display. 

There is color in the tree tops but also in the understory growth. The native sumacs usually give us a flaming red. Other understory plants go thru late fall and early winter color changes. 
But lucky us !! 

All the while we enjoy the brilliant Alabama Gulf Coast fall colors , we also get to enjoy the hardy blooming plants that just never seem to quit. The gaillardias along Little Lagoon will grow and bloom within inches of the shoreline. 

Talk about a salt-tolerant plant !!  



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