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Autumn colors along Pine Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.It’s no secret that things are looking especially . . . crunchy this fall. More than 93 percent of Texas is now suffering from some degree of drought, with nearly half the state experiencing severe, extreme, or exceptional drought conditions, as tracked by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Earlier this summer, the Texas Tribune reported that the drought was the worst it’s been since 2011. And while that’s bad for plenty of extremely important and far-reaching reasons, being deprived of Texas’s beautiful and oft-unexpected fall foliage is a particularly poignant one. “For most of the state [the drought] really began back in winter,” says Karl Flocke, a woodland ecologist with the Texas A&M Forest Service. “So what we saw in the spring, when most of the trees would normally be leafing out,…

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