Another beautiful sunrise. I almost prefer one with clouds over a clear sky, as the redness of the day makes little difference to me since I’m entirely protected from the elements. It has made me realize, though, how often our storms and clouds come in from the east, rather than the west to which I’m …
More of the apples. The sunlight made them look so appealing I didn’t to miss an opportunity to record what they looked like. More frequently than I would have expected, I find that if I do not take a picture to capture what I’ve seen, it may not be there the next day.
Did I say I loved these flowers? Well the bumblebees seem to as well, and they were massing around the blue clusters in the late afternoon sun.
The apples have ripened into lovely red fruit. The windfalls have also increased, so there will be some happy animals reaping those, I’m sure. A tree that people walk below has had its apples trampled, and the smell of alcohol from the fermenting fruit is quite rich there.
The blue aster has become one of my favorite wildflowers along the river. I prefer it’s large size to the small white daisy-like asters that are also found in masses. These have been experiencing the cold and I often see them closed in late afternoon when the sun should still be warming them.
The mountain ash or rowan tree berries are turning a bright orange. The birds are on many of the trees and I expect to see these clusters disappearing before the snow falls.
There are many more blooms on the white musk mallow than there were even a week or so ago, but the frost seems to have shortened their life span. The blooms were closed like roses even in late afternoon.
The weeds caught a good deal of rime this morning, like small icicles sticking up and out of the edges of the low weeds. It’ll be warming up again – Indian summer – but it looks like the temperatures will be going down.
The sudden cool evenings and mornings have meant lots of mist on the river and pond. It’s one of my favorite sights in the morning, seeing the clouds hanging over the water.
The first leaves are dropping from the trees and others are turning red. These are from a low vine, perhaps a creeper. The frost has come quickly and we’ve had a couple of sharply cold days.
The goldenrod is already starting to fade. We have had a few very cold mornings, and frost. The yellow is turning to a light brown as the flowers become seed.