Natural history report

Ginkgo leaves down

I’m lousy at surveillance. I spotted this and one more ginkgo tree with fresh-dropped leaves, but I’m pretty sure the others, maybe a quarter mile away, still had their leaves.

I’ll check tomorrow. The legend of ginkgos all dropping their leaves the same day is at stake.

Extra vitamin D?

White azalea

In keeping with the winter-wise temperature transition, I have bowed to the gods of vitamin D, and I am now assuming that I will be wearing more clothing and exposing less skin on my outdoor ventures, and began this week taking supplemental vitamin D. (whew; run-on sentence nomination!).

However (echo: however), sunny today!)

Lovely, lovely sunshine

Ginkgo wide

While today was cool and windy like yesterday, it was sunny—and lovely in comparison. The ginkgos haven’t yet dropped their leaves, and are rather brilliant in their yellow-green way.

Winter is arriving

Varigated camellia

My apologies—this photo is from the other day…when it was sunny. Today was overcast and windy. The temps started dropping mid-morning, and that is never pleasant this time of the year. The meteorologists say there may be snow overnight in the mountains. Here: nope. Cold cold cold, however, as in below freezing overnight, and tomorrow night, too. I turned up the heat a degree as the house has only mediocre insulation.

All in a day

Stump road

Nice leetle joke of the tree-cutting crew to carefully place the stump right-side-up in the street. I didn’t quite do a double-take, but I did study it for a half-beat…. No, no stump/tree in the pavement. Just on.


I cannot anthropomorphize this into a conscious decision to bud as November comes to a close (in the northern hemisphere). It’s just an off-season accomplishment. Nothing more; nothing less. Avert your eyes; keep moving.

Chin up

Lantana bright pink

In the process of confirming that this is indeed lantana, I discovered that the parent of this cultivar (likely a cultivar, anyway), is probably native to the New World, albeit south of here. In some places across the globe lantana is a noxious invasive species. Here, it’s just a garden lovely. Is that okay?

Fall fern fun

Fern backlit

I was so happy to see parties outdoors, masked, and distanced. We were so distant it was just the two of us. Turkey, cranberries, gravy, salad, pecan pie (from bakery). Made us happy and thankful for a good harvest.

Focus relocation

Backlit dogwood leaves

I try to empty my brain and just be in the moment (easier said/typed than done) when I’m out for a neighborhood walk. It’s rejuvenating.

Then some brilliant red leaf-light or similar penetrates my perception brain and I surface to take in something other than my personal ohhhhmmmmmm…and today, in that surfacing, I found two dazzling, back-lit leaves.

Of the moment

Double bees

Loaded cone flower, weighted with double bees.

Ginger white

Delicate and fine-scented ginger: mmmmm.


Strange hibiscus

That title might mean any of many things. What I thought about today was that at some point this season, I’ll be switching from preferring to walk in the shade (pant pant), to being happy to walk in the sun (oh so cool).

Never noticed a hibiscus bloom that looked quite like that.