Monday, October 17, 2011

October Afternoon

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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:

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