Sarasota - General View of House (2010)
My house and yard on Kingston Drive in Sarasota, Florida, after 16 years, the same view as the previous photo. The tile roof was replaced with shingles. This has been the case with most homes in Gulf Gate East.
The large live oak tree is larger and fuller. It is probably at least 60 years old. The other three live oaks in the front and side yards are gone. One on the right was toppled in Tropical Storm Gabrielle in 2001, and the one near it was diseased. One at the left just fell over in 1999. The dwarf palm tree on the left has grown, but not much. Small oak trees in the back yard have grown a lot.
Leaves fall from live oak trees every winter, around February. Only half of the leaves fall each years, so live oaks are always green, even in winter. New leaves grow almost immediately. After the leaves fall, the trees drop an unbelievable number of seeds.