A Celebration of Fall Color
Last night was the first cold night which means this morning was my day to go looking for signs of fall. Grabbing my camera and a sweater, I headed out the back door and was surprised to see tiny white and purple flowers at the edge of the woods. Wandering down the path a bit, I found some crunchy, rusty-looking leaves and pinecones in the dying green grass. There is a flowering tree that starts out coral-orange and turns gold to yellow as the temperatures drop. It is my favorite of the fall plants because it mimics the colors of the Iowa trees in October. The kudzu is still mostly green and an interesting foil to the palm trees and pines.
The woods is near a chain of retention ponds. I decided to wander over to see if anything interesting was happening near the water’s edge. Dandelions! In November? Who knew?
But the biggest surprise were the bunches of yellow flowers beside the reedy plants and mixed in with some orangey-brown branches. A small fish jumped as I was walking away. Wonder where I can wander tomorrow?