frozen

the temperatures are dropping and the few remaining bugs are noticeably sluggish. this variegated meadowhawk came inside for some warmth, i imagine, but ran out of bugs to eat in our living room and kitchen. i watched him land on a stack of papers on my desk last night, and this morning, he was still there, frozen. i’m thankful for all the mosquitoes he ate before coming inside for a final visit.

dragonfly in october

in my home, saint paul, minnesota

  • Leslie Ann Rice says:

    He does look like he was in PRAYER at the end.

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complementary

this year i am noticing all the complementary colors that nature serves up for us in autumn:  orange maples set against cloudless blue skies, purple asters lining paths blanketed with yellow cottonwood leaves, and red and green oak leaves growing old together on the same branch.

pin oak leaves in october

saint paul, minnesota

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rice creek assemblage

by mid-winter i will be sated with these brittle twiggy remnants of summer. but right now, they feel like a welcome bit of visual breathing room, amid the vivid opulence of fall foliage.

a gathering of autumn stems from my daily walk on rice creek regional trail

saint paul, minnesota

 

  • therese says:

    Beautiful. Autumn is my favorite season!

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a chorus line

arm in arm, and on colorful display.

red-oak leaves in october

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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a vestige of paleozoic forests in modern day saint paul

i was stopped in my tracks today by the incandescent orange tips of these horsetail stems. the sun was lighting them from behind so that they flamed blaze orange. i am used to seeing blaze orange in the autumn woods. but on the backs of living hunters, not the tips of living fossils.

horsetail

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, mn

  • sky says:

    Just click-clacking a few keys to let you know that your quiet, beautiful, very aware work is being appreciated over here. Thank you for your enriching posts, and please keep them coming! With kind wishes, Sky

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