I took a short walk around my yard this afternoon, reveling in the variety of colors and textures that I found. It's amazing what you can see if you open your mind to unexpected beauties.
Blueberry bushes in their autumn finery:
A tendril of English Ivy, climbing outside my office window:
Sapsucker drillings in the old apple tree in the corner of the yard:
Leaves fallen from the big maple near the street:
Interesting shadows cast by yew seedlings on a big yellow maple leaf:
The last of the geranium blossoms and the thickly-blooming chrysanthemums:
Another view of the walk and the chrysanthemums:
The bark of the oak tree has some beautiful soft colors:
The maple trees are loaded with seeds, as is the black walnut and all the oaks. It's a "mast year" - great for the birds and other animals that depend on this for winter sustenance.
Ivy geranim - thriving in the cooler weather.
I loved how the color and texture of these pine needles contrasted with the variegated, glossy leaves of this small shrub:
Here's the big maple in the front yard, source of the yellow leaves:
Pine needles adorning our lilac bush:
Gorgeous chestnut-colored mushrooms under the pachysandra:
Our little brook: