Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
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
Sunday, September 8, 2013
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
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.