Saturday, October 27, 2018

Nature Study...


While I was out looking around in my yard, I found several things that I thought were especially beautiful.  First, the roses.  As you might remember, we had an early snow this month.  Everything froze.  But right after it, we had some unusually warm days that dried things and the leaves all fell off the trees.  The roses were blooming and I think they were freeze-dried.  I brought a few in to admire. 

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?


  1. Fall colors are in full swing here. It really is beautiful!

    Love seeing pics from Montana.


  2. The patterns on the Cottonwood leaves are amazing.
    I enjoyed the little video of driving through the Black Hills. I know we were there years ago but it's even more beautiful in this season I think.

  3. It looks like you're having a beautiful fall this year -- I can't believe you've had snow already! We just had our first freeze last week -- our leaf drop is pretty late this year. Happy Fall!

  4. Lovely specimens of fall. How nice to enjoy a drive to enjoy those scenes...beautiful.

  5. Beautiful finds from your yard... Blessings

  6. Beautiful finds from your yard... Blessings

  7. Nuthatches are one of my favorites. I like the little sound they make. I can watch them right outside my window going up and down the pine trunks. :)

  8. My weakness is grasses. I become almost hypnotized by a field of grass. I love the colors and the movement with the wind. It is probably one of the things I miss most about the prairie. Your photos are wonderful. I can almost feel the milkweed.

  9. Those leaves are stunning! They deserve a watercolor painting. It's fun to examine fall's details. Your video of the snowy drive is special! Looks like a magical place.

  10. That video of the snowy and gold-leaved drive is really nice! You are adventurous to go on an outing in this season, and you were rewarded. :-)

  11. What a stunning contrast between the very particular focus of a single bloom or seed pod and then the drive through a total surround of His"handiwork" in creation. I must go enjoy your smooth drive one more time. Thank you.

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