If we didn’t have 25 mph winds, this had been a very nice day, today. The wind was chilly. So, I decided to spend my day in the house and cook a good “Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Soup”. First I made my chicken broth from scratch, before I cooked the rice. When Katelynn and Sara came home from school, they were very happy to see Momma’s soup. But first they had to help me cleaning up some trash across the street. The wind knocked over the neighbor’s trash cans, and most of the trash landed in another neighbor’s yard. Those were some strong gusts. Tomorrow supposed to be a beautiful day, with only a light breeze. It will be a warm start into the Winter Season.
This morning, the day started out frosty. But it became a very nice, sunny afternoon. Usually, Autumn stays around all the way into mid to late December, here in North Texas. But recent high winds blew most of the colorful leaves off the trees, early on. Only a few trees are left with some Autumn foliage. One is the neighbor’s Sweet Gum tree, I photographed last months. The crape myrtles opened their pods to release their seeds. And the Chinese Tallow has beautiful white berries, which usually attract many birds; however mainly the neighborhood doves seem to go crazy for them.
Marlena, the Mockingbird, looks for berries and seeds in our yard. By 3:20 pm, she sits on the Christmas deer antlers and waits for Sara to come home from school. Once Sara greets her and walks into the house, Marlena goes back to her insect hunting in our yard.
November is coming to an end, soon. The last days of Autumn have arrived. My neighbor has an Ash tree in her frontyard, which always puts its golden dress on first. Then the other trees will follow to dance in the “Autumn Ball”, until the wind will take their foliage and makes them bare until the beginning of March, when they start to show their beautiful blooms. I take it all in, before it will be all gone and Winter knocks on the door.
I wanted to do a little Autumn photo session with Lexi, today. It’s her 14th birthday. But instead of being a well behaved Sheltie, Lexi decided it is more fun to run in circles and roll around in the Autumn foliage. She seems to get more stuck in her ways, at her old age. And that girl can run, when she sees the camera. Where is she still getting all this energy? I guess, competing with Luis, who gets the bigger milk bone and drinking plenty of water (which makes her pee in the house every so often), keeps this 98 doggy-year old lady alive. 😀
Happy 14th Birthday, Lexi!
Across the street, my neighbors have such a beautiful Sweet Gum tree in the frontyard. Every Autumn I wait for the leaves to change their colors, so I can capture photos of it. For the longest time, I had mistaken it for a Maple tree. Due to their seed pots, I got curious and did some research. Soon I found out, I’m not photographing a Maple, but a Autumn Sweet Gum tree all these years.
UPDATE: One of my followers requested a close up photo of a Sweet Gum seed pod. After digging in my files, I found the photo I’ve captured in 2012. Back then, I picked it up from the ground and looked at it for a bit. It reminded me of a sea urchin or a puffer fish (Mrs. Puffs).
At the end of November, our Bradford Pear trees look so lovely with all the shades of red, orange, and gold. Their Autumn foliage reminds me of the colors of multi vitamin gummy bears. We have only a very short time of Autumn here in North Texas. Every little bit of color counts for us. And it is also the time, when it is not so hot and before the stronger cold fronts from the Arctic and Canada will come all the way south, again.
After lunch with Kevin, the girls and I went for a walk to Josey Ranch Lake. Lots of water fowl has migrated from the northern states, down here to overwinter in North Texas. Katelynn and Sara watched the swans, the geese, the ducks, the pigeons and other birds, while I captured photos of them. The Canada Geese were comfortable enough to eat around us, as long as we didn’t touch them. On the other hand, the American Wigeons, the Northern Shovelers and the American Coots swam as far away from us as they could at the lake. The Mute Swans didn’t care and kept cleaning themselves in the meantime.
From our house we have only a clear sight to our water tower, if we walk all the way to the southwestern corner of our house or wait until the leaves drop from the two Bradford trees across the street. Unfortunately, the other neighbor’s tree has no leaves left anymore, due to the freezing night temperatures last week. A little bit of gold mixed with the reds looks very beautiful in the late Autumn weeks. But we enjoy every little bit of it.