These photos, taken a couple of days ago, document what for practical purposes may have been the last day of autumn in Austin this year. Yesterday it got cold and last night, to the dismay of many of us, we had a minor ice storm. Quarter inch of ice on the streets. Twenty four degrees last night, and the same predicted tonight. That's cold for Austin. Minnesota readers should realize we neither know how to dress for such weather, or drive in it, so it is a big deal for us.
Anyway, the day before the cold weather was very nice, as you may be able to see in these pictures. So I took a walk up Barton Creek, which at the moment is dry.
This is what it looks like. Normally the creek will have water in it at this time of year.
A Barton Creek fox squirrel
The trail along the cliffside
Here is a close up of a cliffside maidenhair fern
A roughleaf dogwood, still with fall coloring
Graffiti under a bridge over the creek--keeping Austin weird
Dead tree against the sky
That was then, this is now