You can see life stages in the Gallardia flowers. Right now there are a few new blooms (what amazing flowers!) whilst others are in stages of dried petals, seed heads, and seeds blown away. I chose to put my subjects on top of a large, white watercolor paper as a neutral background for my study. Since I took the pictures outdoors in the afternoon, you can also see the study in fall shadows on the paper!
The Cottonwood leaves are especially unusual to me this fall. Generally, they turn yellow and fall from the trees, but my hunch is that they were yet green or turning while on the trees and then were frozen at whatever stage of turning they were in. They have the most intriguing patterns. I brought several in to lay around on tables and shelves to appreciate.
There are so many beauties outdoors just now. The milkweed pods have opened and their silky fur with chocolate brown seeds attached are just fascinating to look at and touch. The seeds will gently float on the wind to their next destinations.
It is mostly silent outdoors now. Most birds have migrated except for the year-rounders that stay with us. The "beep beep" of the nuthatch tickles me, and the "see me?" of the American goldfinch does too. Last night while shutting the chickens in, I heard two Great-horned owls hooting back and forth to each other. Nature is quieting itself and settling itself for winter. I'm going to appreciate these fall days as long as they remain.
Hubby and I took a little get-away to the Black Hills. It happened to be during the snowy season of October. This was the most beautiful drive we've taken in a long time. It was so peaceful, away from busy tourists that are usually here.
What are you noticing now?