So, we’ve made it full circle again to October: this season of jay conversing tree to tree and turning leaves, and pumpkin-spice everything-under-the-sun. Just check out Trader Joe’s, if you have yet to be persuaded. I have added Pumpkin Spice Rooibus tea and pumpkin ice cream to my personal supply. Could not resist. Also a […]
A disclaimer about the photos in this post: I took them in 2006 and had to size down the files. This messes with the watermarks a bit, but they are nonetheless intact and witness to my adventures in England. Enjoy. Ten years ago, I boarded a plane to leave for England for the first time. I […]
August. Ninja has been my constant companion for over five years: mellow, sweet, funny. This summer she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary affliction that has inevitably led to kidney disease. Ninja is in Stage 4. It is a difficult thing to face, as she gets sicker and her kidneys stick out like a bizarre pregnancy. Still, she is calm and happy. I will cherish every moment.
September. As I angled for the perfect shot of the monarchs this fall, I observed another species busy feasting on nectar: the red admirals, named for a distinctive red stripe on their upper wings. These little guys are half the size of their bigger, awe-inspiring cousins, and not nearly as flashy. They're easier to photograph than the monarchs: there are more of them; they don't wiggle around as much, and they keep their wings open for longer periods. I love taking close-ups with my camera, and the red admirals don't mind a bit.
October. Every year, without fail, I am spellbound by the changing colors of the trees. For reasons I cannot explain I still stoop to pick them off the ground as I would sea shells washed ashore with the tides. A pity leaves don't last nearly as long as shells do.
October. These are the remnants of flowers in my parents' garden. Like a clump of dandelions, they are spent for the season and absolutely stunning. I like things post-bloom and post-frost - seed pods, naked trees, shriveled berries. There is a stark beauty in these things that causes me to look close and closer still.
October. As the days get darker and colder, the ladybugs come inside seeking warmth, huddling in windowsills and near light fixtures. You can almost see the shivering as they begin their winter sleep. Some assemble themselves into constellations. Others seek solitude on windowsills and windowpanes.
November. As with my cat, a butterfly, a seed pod or a ladybug, when I see the moon I immediately grab the camera and try to photograph its essence. This a near-impossible task with a little point-and-shoot, but I'm proud nonetheless of this one: a sliver of moon, rising in the sky.
Here in Nebraska, we’re on the verge of a freeze, but haven’t quite made it past that milestone. October started off with monarch butterflies and ends with the quiet invasion of ladybugs. These little red beetles huddle near lights and on windowsills, dismayed at the cold and the waning sunlight. Some will fall dormant in the cracks until spring, […]
From October 2015, updated October 2016. I love antiquated or forgotten words, and making them un-forgotten. It is kind of like collecting rare coins, only nerdier. So, this is the first full week of October, I got to thinking about the name, and what it was called before Latin names took over. The two seasons […]
Autumn and Spring are the transitions between Summer and Winter, and Winter and Summer. The Earth changes modes, switches sides. After a long winter of heavy clouds and cold and mud we look eagerly to the first glimpses of the crocus and the snow drop, a hint of green beneath the winter-brown of dead lawns, […]