Posts Tagged fall

Fallen.

The Ginko hangs on to the last.

Lavender leaf,

and red.

Some saplings hold on in protected pockets.

But, it’s over, really.

Except for the oaks,

last to emerge, last to drop.

It is all the leaves on the ground

img_20161113_152253151_hdr

that feed our surround of forest fires.

Depending on which way the wind blows,

the sun cuts through the drifting smoke in streaks
and we get warnings not to breathe.

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Easy living, flora.

The tall flowers, all at once.

IMG_20160716_121834238[1]

A rose leaning languorously on the wire.

IMG_20160723_184340582_HDR

Everything is full out.

IMG_20160626_201759326_TOP

The day lilies go

IMG_20160626_201816001

on

IMG_20160626_201819504

and on

IMG_20160626_201826498

in an almost silly abundance.

IMG_20160626_201841079

Hydrangea row

IMG_20160626_201930170_TOP

shows no signs of slacking off

IMG_20160626_201940842

in any of the varieties.

IMG_20160626_201947890

On and on.

IMG_20160626_202009540_TOP

The timid little flowers in the rail pot have filled out.

IMG_20160626_202210578

The under story is at maximum,
from the ground reaching up among the low branches of the trees,
all the little weeds, all the middle weeds, all the giant weeds.

IMG_20160723_184257186_HDR

And this, of course, is the first sign of the end of summer
the fullness before the finish.

Tags: , , , , ,

Floral finale presentation.

The first hard frost is the real end, and that could be weeks.

But all the flowering plants prepare their final bursts.
Many are done already, a few will hang on until their petals freeze.

The chimley rose saved the best for last.

2014-09-28_17-04-42_879

Since staked up, a mowing near fatality.

2014-09-28_17-07-26_959

No more blooms to come, but we’re going out grand.

2014-09-28_17-08-04_506

Will even a frost take down the lemony mint from its summer-long peak?

2014-09-28_17-10-07_578

But the gatekeeper of the herb garden does not care about seasons.
A hunk of cloudy quartz shares some faces with other entities
but marks the gatepost without concern for any of us.

2014-09-28_17-09-34_151

Nor rain nor sleet nor hail — never mind, it’s quite all right.

I’ll just stand here and watch y’all wilt and wither one more time.

Tags: , , , , ,

Season of the new cat.

Fall’s upon us,
laid that maple low.

2014-09-08_11-57-28_604

As the sugars rise and flow
and assign each leaf its brilliance,
it’s time for the changes.

2014-09-21_14-09-16_809

After two full years without a cat,
we broke our fast with Lilly, five years old,
rescued from a cross-country move.

Oh, she holds down a lap, chases a laser, meows a little,
but showed no interesting quirks of character.

Until the other night.

2014-09-16_21-48-42_101

We’re rethinking.

2014-09-16_21-48-51_117

Max, four German Shepherds back, used to bite water.
Had a few kittens who flirted with the shower drain.

Never had a cat who sits in running water.

Be ready to take it and run when you tell  the universe:

surprise me!

 

Tags: , , ,