outdoors

Habitat habitat habitat

PiedPk carriage road overlook

Somehow until today I missed the plaque saying this is Joni Winston’s Carriage Road Overlook in Piedmont Park—over the “marsh” below, which is really a ponding area for rainwater overflow. I told The Guru the other day that they sure were letting a lot of young trees take over the basin. Then, today I also discovered that they had cut down a bunch of the volunteer trees, leaving willows and I don’t know what else.

Pink dawn

Sunrise behind woods

Glorious sunrise this morning, with frost on the field.

While the sun was out we did outdoor chores during mid-day. I finally got the rhubarb goosed with alpaca poop* and protected with newspapers à la The Botanist.

* Sincere thanks to W & S at Spinner’s End Farm.

Of deer and apples

Apple tree amidst fog

The fog this morning was so dense and…persistent. There’s a doe and two fawn-children (but not so fawn-y this late in the season) who hang out right under this apple tree. With its fine crop-of-drops.

The bonus is that I can monitor this subset of the deer population from the kitchen and bathroom windows…to the east.

Until they notice me and skitter skitter away.

Fall filaments upon the firmament

Milkweed seed time

Rumor was we’d have spotty rains today, but it was well into the afternoon before it precipitated.

With the compressed seasons of the northlands (nearby is, as I understand it, the southernmost lobe of sub-tundra in North America), October is seed-time. Some plants went to seed much earlier in the year, but the later species are working the season-end to their utmost.

Milkweeds are plenty of fun this time of the year, but they’re on my not-here-not-now list at the moment as they have overtaken much of the orchard and part of the field. Not good.

And I don’t know how to turn the tide—in a green or greenish way….

The moon. (Again.) The moon.

Moonlight no madness

Thanks to the Guru for this shot….

Walking back from our dinner date (entrée: venison-cranberry stew—oh yum!), we watched the moon preening. Or, if you anthropomorphize, it was preening; otherwise, it was playing hide-and-seek with the clouds.

Jet stream again?

Butte in sun

I find this humid sometimes rainy summer unsettling after so many dry and dryish summers. So I was thinking about being in the desert last spring. They’d just had some moisture, so there was a greenness, but it wasn’t in bloom.

Sunset in color

Strange sunset

Thanks for the photo, Guru.

Definitely; the weather these days can be strange.

Substitution

Rock in the woods with moss

I need a walk in the woods right about now. I’ll meditate on this moss-laced rock instead for a bit…and console myself that this way I won’t have to do a tick-check.

Pleasure expedition

Ranger falls

A different falls on a different mountain river.

The lovely D suggested a lady-expedition today, and a cozy foursome set out for a mountain winery luncheon and a walk in the woods to a lovely waterfall.

We found the winery dining room quiet and stately until a large party emerged from the tasting room to be seated around the corner from us. Think: boisterous. Still, we had a grand time. Tried the dry rosé; nice. Also enjoyed a quick visit to the barrel room; great visuals.

Later, humid walking made us appreciate the cool mountain streamwater. N and I waded; D swam; P said laughing, “looks cold!” Found a few wildflowers and iridescent blue damselflies. No ticks. No snakes. The best!

Unfortunately, this was in the Chattahoochee National Forest, and we discovered loggers taking out the larger trees (selective cutting) on the ridges above our river to make better habitat for Peruvian…um…finches(?), a migratory species. Not the ambiance D was expecting.

Thanks, D, for the invite.

Arcoiris

Lee Co rainbow

This was actually last evening’s (ever-so-slightly double) rainbow, but still a fitting visual for my last day here in Virginia.