Friday, February 23, 2018

September 30, 2017


Some weird fungusy stuff happening, on what's left of a tree.

Closer crop.

Pumpkins at the farmers' market, plain and fancy.



Brassicas are photogenic.

Tomatoes and more peppers.


Closer.  Zinnias and statice.

Sunflower in the bright morning light.

Mmmm.  Breakfast.  Carrot cake.  I don't drink lattes, but they accidentally made two for our party instead of the one that was ordered, so I drank it rather than throwing it away.  It's pretty.

Walking back through the farmers' market on our way home.  Aren't these lima beans gorgeous?

Bright light on ornamental grass.

I'm not interested in cars.  I'm not interested in paint jobs.

But this is so over the top that I had to take its pic.


September 29, 2017


Pink yarrow.

In cold weather the crows gather in hundreds to spend the night in a single tree (or in a few neighboring trees).  In the late afternoon you can watch them overhead, dozens or hundreds of them, all heading in the same direction.  The weather was still warm in early fall, but they were gathering for the night on September 29, 2017.

I don't know why they gather.  When I've seen multitudes of crows in a tree, they've not been huddled together.  It was early evening (several years ago) when I was nearby as they settled into a tree.  Maybe they huddle in the deep dark middle of a frigid winter night?

I've watched them in the afternoon, choosing a tree.  One will stand in the top of a tree, cawing.  Others will stand in other trees, cawing.  Others will wheel through the sky, trying one tree and another.  Somehow, they all end up very near each other for the night.

I wonder how the decision is made............  I wonder who gets a vote...........  I expect that, as with humans, some are more likely to strike out on their own and make suggestions as to what to do, and others are willing to go where everyone else goes.............

The same pumpkins we've been watching.  The plant's leaves have given up the ghost.

(Editing these pics in February -- I am enjoying soaking in all of this color!)

These Michigan pics don't require nearly as much editing as the pics from the southwest, but I still am editing essentially every pic to one degree or another.  Crop some distracting branches out of this one, photoshop out some distracting dirt or shadows or whatever.

Lighten the ones that were exposed for the sky to the extent the ground is all dark..................

The next image was cropped out of the previous one, and lightened so we can see the park at dusk.  See the moon in the upper right corner?

The next one lost some distracting foliage in the upper left quadrant, and was lightened so we can see the road.


September 28, 2017



Morning glory.

Especially like when these are backlit and the center glows..........


September 27, 2017


Wild asters and goldenrod.

This part of the Rat House yard is just a bit to the left of the section we looked at before.


September 24, 2017


This is the same aster we looked at recently.


The Rat House rats were gathering, on September 24, 2017.  These people have hundreds of rats, big and small.  Their house is a treat to walk by, especially in September and October as they gear up for Halloween.

Lots of rats!


September 23, 2017


Wild asters.  Not as big or brightly colored as the cultivated ones.

I think this is a cultivated aster, but don't hold me to it.


Pumpkins.  2017 seemed to be a very good pumpkin year.  We saw them early and often, and they were not expensive.  A contrast to a few years ago when they were sparse and more costly.

Bittersweet vine entwining hosta.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

September 20, 2017





September 18, 2017



Wow.  We've been watching the cup plants in this  yard.  This is the first time I've seen what happens when they go to seed.

!!!  I don't know if this would hold, in a dried arrangement, or if it would just fall apart at the least provocation.  Isn't it cool?  I estimate this was between 2-3" across.........

Maple leaf.