Sunday, September 29, 2013

127 Years Ago

From today's UK Daily Mail, with a caption that reads:

A family poses with the covered wagon in which they live and travel daily during their pursuit of a homestead. Loup Valley, Nebraska. 1886

Friday, September 27, 2013

Autumn At The Fruit Stand

The folks at the fruit stand go all out for autumn, with thousands of pumpkins and gourds taking over a large section of their parking lot.  They enclose it all in a white picket fence tied with corn stalks and bring a real farm tractor so parents can take photos of their youngsters amongst the bounty.


And once the pumpkins are cleared away, it will be time for Christmas trees!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Cat's Life

Out my bedroom window, Thomas perched on the garden wall, watching passersby and taking in the evening air.

He must have heard me behind the glass, as he came to investigate.

He didn't spot me behind the curtain, so he turned around to sharpen his claws.

Monday, September 23, 2013

What's Blooming In Autumn

Rock purslanes are blooming profusely.  They're edible - one of the plants Henry David Thoreau ate at Walden Pond.  You can cut a branch off one of these and stick it in right into the ground and it will grow.

The perennial asters are going strong - these have been blooming nonstop all year and self sow.

Yes, those are paperwhite narcissus, strangely, blooming months and months ahead of time.  And below, grown more for the soft gray foliage than the blossoms, is a licorice plant, which will spread well but not so densely that bulbs cannot grow up and through.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autumn On The Beach

Yesterday, the first day of autumn, was overcast in the morning.  My best girlfriend picked me up early and we walked through a gathering of restored old cars on our way to the beach.

A sports team of young men had gathered early, as well.

The beach was mostly gray, with untold shades of blue.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Harvest Moon

Tonight's full moon will be a Harvest Moon,  the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and the 4th full moon of summer. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Yesterday On The Beach

My daughter took me along yesterday when she went for a surf.  This time of year, with summer winding down, the sun shines brightly on the water in the late afternoon.

Looking north, the light was softer.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Constitution Day

Our Constitution was signed this day in 1787.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dawn Patrol

When the shades were pulled at dawn, who should be up (figuratively) and about but Thomas, the cat who visits.  He was pacing back and forth on the top of the porch, having forgotten how he got there and anxious to get down.

Friday, September 13, 2013

What's Blooming in Late Summer

The bulbs are beyond confused - here's a fragrant narcissus, blooming already, months ahead of time.  And below, an icy yellow coreopsis is still setting buds.

Below, a stick bug tries to blend on the siding.  He's pretty large - about 5 inches long.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Never Forget

Photograph by Steffan Kaplan, New York Times via Redux

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Yesterday On The Beach

Don't let that layer of morning fog fool you - the days have been some of the hottest of the year and yesterday was no exception.  We were on the beach early enough that the sun hadn't quite cleared the cliff tops and the fisherman was still in shadow, with the sunlight just touching the waves beyond.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tangled Web

Yesterday dawned foggy and damp, a relief after the 3 days of relentless heat.  A dedicated spider had spun an incredibly dense and wide web, cast across an entire spreading gallardia and anchored on golden feather chrysanthemums.

A closer look reveals the opening where the spider lurks, waiting patiently for an unsuspecting bug to alight.  The dew drops highlight the intricacy of the web, spun more densely the closer to the opening.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Sky Last Night

Cooling off on the patio after one of the hottest days of the summer, with a sunset to remember.