autumn upside down?
so, every year since i have started STILL, my oak leaves are the last to turn color in fall. sumac is always first, then cottonwood, then willow and maple…etc. etc….until eventually the oaks. this year feels a little upside down to me. i am sure it has something to do with the drought we had in july and august. the same can be said for the black acorn. usually the acorns drop while still partly green, and then quickly turn brown on my deck before i sweep them off. today, while sweeping in preparation for my 18 years olds birthday dinner, i found these two unusual specimens on my deck; a red white oak leaf in early september, and a perfect black acorn. it’s the little things that worry me sometimes.
white oak leaf with acorn
18 years ago right now…
today, my youngest turns 18. i’m ready.
pressed autumn leaves
normally i am encouraging you all to look up. look up in april and see the catkins. look up in may and see the blossoms. look up and see the leaf buds. look up. well, not it is time to look down. look at the sidewalks, the trialsides, and the gutters. look down. that is where fall color begins.
assorted early autumn leaves in yellow and gold
every year, like clockwork
every year, in september, the wood ducks march through our yard at dusk gorging themselves on acorns, in preparation for their migration south. i am re-posting this old photo, because today i FINISHED the large, natural dyed, art commission i have been working on for a couple month. i have a busy rest of the week ahead of me (back to school, son’s birthday, and doctor visits with my 85 year old mom), but i’m looking forward to new walks, new eyes, and a fresh re-start.
downy wood duck feathers
i just finished my big art commission. i will photograph it tomorrow, and bring it ot the framers on wednesday. whew. i just looked at the forecast and it looks like mid-70s and sunny for the next two weeks. thank you universe. i can’t wait to get back outside, letting that late summer sunshine warm these weary bones.
sunflower and yellow coneflower