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.
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.
It was nice taking a walk in the park, again. I haven’t been walking and hiking for quite some time. But since it is cooler, I want to go back to my favorite hobby: Nature Photography. So, I took a nice stroll in Bill Allen Memorial Park around noon today. I watched some birds and a few squirrels getting the fresh Autumn wild berries. A double-crested cormorant landed on the water surface of the turtle pond. It enjoyed diving in the water and came up at a different place of the pond, every single time. It was almost a game to guess, where the cormorant would pop its head out of the water, next. The trees show signs of Autumn as well. There is still a lot of green, but it is mixed mostly with yellow. Here and there are some orange and red spots visible between the other trees. And some trees already lost almost all their foliage. We might not get the Indian Summer like up north, but Autumn has still its beauty down here in the South.
It’s “Halloween Season Monday”! This time, I post about the years 2011 & 2012. Sara was old enough to enjoy Halloween. And she loved to go to Trick-or-Treat with her sister.
Awww! In 2011 was one of my favorite Halloween Seasons of all time so far. Katelynn had a crush on “Marvin, the Martian” and wanted to marry him. That’s right. She loved this Looney Toon character so much, we had to get her a plush Marvin. She said, she wants to become an Astronaut and be the First Woman on Mars. Well, over the years her idea of flying to Mars has changed. But she still wants to be a Paleontogist, now. 😉
Sara was the cutest little garden gnome, I’ve ever seen. It was her first Halloween, she could walk to the houses. But she still had a hard time to catch up with her older sister. Her little feet were not fast enough. So, she called Katelynn to wait for her: “Kaitin, Kaitin! I want to go T’ick-o’-T’eat with you!” Sara wasn’t scared of any monsters either. Since we always made a big fest out of Halloween, she must have thought it is normal.
Kevin, the girls and I went to a couple of fun events that season. Finally, we made it to “Boo at the Zoo” at the Fort Worth Zoo. The weather was perfect for some Trick-or-Treat time. And Sara had a Halloween Party at her daycare, where she could play a lot of games, had hot dogs, lemonade and cake. Once in a while, it’s fun to splurge. 😉
… to be continued next Monday, October 22, 2018 …
After a couple of nice sunny days, the rain is back. Katelynn and the school band have to go and take Plan B until tonight’s Homecoming Football Game.Hopefully the weather forecast is right, and it stops to rain until the game is over. Sara is not happy, that it is wet and cool. After all the kids had early release from school, today. Sara and I watch the falling rain drops, while we sit on the front porch. At least that keeps her occupied for a little bit.
Woohoo! My favorite month of the year is almost here. It rhymes! And usually what rhymes is good. 😉 It is Pumpkin season. The days are still warm, but the nights begin to cool off. It is the time for pumpkin spice and pumpkin latte. The porches are decorated for Halloween. It is becoming a little bit more “spooky” and “creepy” in the neighbor hood. I love October!
When I hike with my camera, the trails are always full of surprises. One time, I walked on The Colony Nature Trail and found two bobcat kittens sitting in the Autumn foliage. On this hike, I walked into a Great Horned Owl. First it sat on a low branch in a tree right in front of me. The owl blended so well in the forested area, I’ve didn’t even notice it. But I’ve must have come too close for comfort. And it flew in a higher tree branch further away. It was still a stunning sight to see this beautiful Great Horned Owl in nature.