Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Second Look--October 29, 2014

It was 80°F today. Unexpected, but welcome weather for the end of October. The warm weather brought out plenty of bees and insects and even a butterfly or two. They were all swarming around the blooming mums in the yard. Plenty of pollen there to be had.

The leaves are close to their peak color now. However before the bit of warm weather, we had several rainy and windy days. Unfortunately, that brought down a lot of leaves, so the views aren't quite as spectacular as they might have been. But they are pretty all the same.

Here's what I saw this week 
during a Second Look.


Cucumber beetle. Unlike its ladybug look alike, this beetle can do a lot of damage to beneficial plants.

Ward saw these mating wheel bugs. He didn't stick around long enough to see if the female ate the male as she often does after mating.

I found two kinds of honeysuckle berries.


This maple tree has lost enough leaves that we can see the squirrel's nest in the top.

Monday, October 27, 2014


 Today I'm going to enjoy the attention.

I am like many people and don't want a fuss made over me. It makes me uncomfortable. However, today I'm just going to sit back and enjoy it. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thankful Sunday--October 26, 2014

I am thankful for the smell of autumn.

Black walnuts
Autumn is a season of change and a season for the senses. During autumn, you see the world change from shades of green to shades of yellows, oranges, and reds. You watch leaves as they drift down from the trees and feel their crunch beneath your feet. You feel both the warm sun and the cold breezes.  However, the part of autumn that fills my senses the most is the smell. You know that smell. The earthy, leafy smell. I love it.

That sounds kind of strange, doesn't it? At least that's how it seemed to me today on my walk as I was thinking about what to post for Thankful Sunday. However, as I thought further, I realized that the smell I liked best in autumn is the smell of a walnut tree when it is dropping its leaves and nuts. I hadn't realized that when I walk around the walnut trees in our yard, I always take a big whiff. And I think that whiff subconsciously takes me back to my childhood. We had a large walnut tree in our backyard when I was growing up. It was a part of much of my play including a tree swing that could go high enough that I felt like I was flying--especially when my father pushed me. Also, in the fall as the nuts were falling, our town had a festival celebrating walnuts. It was the biggest event of the year--so big that we even got off a day from school for it. So maybe the tree in my backyard when I was growing up is the reason that I like the smell of walnut trees now and the smell of autumn in general. I've heard that the sense of smell can sometimes evoke stronger emotions that any other sense. Maybe that's true in this case.

So there you go. That's what I thought about on my walk this afternoon while I was sniffing the air. Maybe I should have left it at, "I am thankful for smell of autumn." But you know how it is. Sometimes it's hard to turn your brain off.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Second Look--October 23, 2014

It's here!

Yesterday, I posted a Second Look from the past because I couldn't find the cable for my camera to upload pictures I had taken. Well, I found it. Theo accidentally took it home with him last weekend thinking it was his phone charger. He'll bring it back next time he comes this way.

Now here's the ironic part. Besides appreciating nature, the main idea of a Second Look is to see things in a different way. However, I don't seem to be very good at that when I'm inside. I am so used to uploading my pictures with a cable connecting the camera to the computer, I didn't even entertain another way to do it. I forgot about the obvious solution of putting the memory card from my camera directly into the computer. It seems so obvious now. However, the only way I "thought" of it was when Theo suggested it. So much for seeing things in a different way.

Now onto what I saw this week during a Second Look.

After teasing me for weeks with buds, these mums finally bloomed.

These mums also bloomed this week for the first time.

The sweet gum trees are starting to turn. These are some of our most colorful trees in the fall.

I found this ball in the yard last year in a different spot. Over time it has moved to a new area and miraculously avoided the lawn mower. I left it in place to see what its next move will be.

The sun trying to come out after the rain.

More mums.

We've waited long enough to pick up the black walnuts that we're going to have to wear gloves when we handle them now lest we get that pesky, permanent black walnut stain on our hands.

We're still getting a bloom a day from this day lily.

Inadvertently, I brought this jumping toy inside for the cats to play with.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Second Look--October 22, 2014

A Second Look--October 22, 2014  Coming Soon.

Alack and alas, I can not find the cable that hooks my camera to the computer to upload pictures. So, I can't show you what I saw this week--yet. In the meantime, I'm rerunning a Second Look from this week two years ago.
The leaves are really starting to fall. I guess we need to find the rake.