Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Almost Autumn/ Nature Notes

Autumn is on its way

The days are still warm but the nights are noticeably cooler now. As you can see in the largest square, some apples are ripening! Then moving clockwise, notice the Virginia creeper berries (Parthenocissus quinqefolia) are very blue even though the leaves are still very green. Only a few St John's wort (Hypericum) blossoms are still flowering and the Joe-pye-weed (Eupatorium purpureum) is beginning to fade - the monarch butterfly doesn't appear to notice, though. Bittersweet (Celastrus) berries have turned golden but have not yet opened to reveal their orange interior, and the asters (not sure which variety) are just beginning to share their autumn beauty.

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30 comments:

George said...

The apples are looking great, as is everything else in this mosaic. I'm looking forward to cooler weather.

Sharon said...

You've made a beautiful collage here!

Craver Vii said...

Lots of pretty things here, EG. I especially like those dark blue Virginia Creeper berries.

Shey said...

Loving these burst of vivid colors! These photos makes you want to just pluck the fruits & enjoy them. mmmm. :)

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Beautiful mosaic. The colors are just starting to change here!

VP said...

A great set of natural colors!

paul said...

You celebrate autumn in glorious colours. Gorgeous. While for us it's Spring!

jo©o said...

Hiya EG,

Such a pleasing combination of colours. And yes, all of a sudden it is cold again. I'm not sure I am ready for 8 months of padded jackets :-)
mostly-macro

Leora said...

I wonder if it's Celastrus that I photographed in Virginia. At least now I have a name of something that bears something orange.

Thanks for the tour, pye-weed, creeper berries, apples and all.

Judy said...

I welcome the relief from the heat, but it also means the flowers are soon going to be finished for another year...

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Wonderful photos - can't believe summer is almost over though.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos and mosaic. The apples look good. This time of year is the best for apples.

Farmchick said...

I do love the way the apple looks.

Carver said...

It's so exciting to see signs of Autumn. You are definitely farther along than we are but every new sign has me practically clapping with glee. Beautiful set of photographs. I'm happy to see your monarch butterfly because I haven't seen any here this year at all.

judi said...

sigh, it's all so bittersweet.

Denise said...

A beautiful mosaic of fall delights.
An English Girl Rambles

LDH said...

Such a beautiful mosaic of the end-of-summer plants! It's not cooler here yet, but I am so looking forward to its arrival!

Randy said...

I love all of the Fall colors! Our evenings have chilled down a bit here too.

Rose said...

I think I am going to start calling you the Queen of Collages...you have some of the best.

Small City Scenes said...

Grrr--how do you do this?? Your mosaic is gorgeous, the pictures crisp and clear, and the colors perfect. I don't want to see summer go but I do really like Autumn. Well as long as it doesn't rain too much. August and September are usually our summer anyway. MB

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely collage, the monarch particularly leaps out at me

Cezar and Léia said...

A yummy collage! ;)
Those fruits are wonderful!
Léia

see you there! said...

Autumn almost always means "Summer has arrived" here by the Bay. Often Sept. and Oct. are our warmest months.

Those apples in your collage really do speak of Autumn to me.

Darla

Barbara said...

Great captures.. it seems too soon for autumn to be here but you are right it is showing its colors here as well

Jack said...

I wish you didn't remind me about impending autumn. Around here, it is so hot people can think of nothing but the relief of cooler weather, but as soon as we get it, the longing for the days of summer will return.

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

The world around us is definitely starting to prepare for autumn. Thanks for focusing our attention a bit- it would be easy to miss.

Squirrel said...

Wonderful collage.

Rambling Woods said...

Lovely collage as always...it is moving into fall no matter how much I want summer...but cooler days would be nice after this summer's heat... Michelle

Joe Todd said...

Love all the colors.. Picking apples in Ohio now

Charlene: the Polarblogger said...

I want to thank you for your comment on my blog. I appreciate it so much.
You also take nice photos, and this one is really a colorful collage of lovely photos.
I also enjoy reading your blogs.
Best regards.

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