Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Second Look--October 23, 2014

It's here!

Yesterday, I posted a Second Look from the past because I couldn't find the cable for my camera to upload pictures I had taken. Well, I found it. Theo accidentally took it home with him last weekend thinking it was his phone charger. He'll bring it back next time he comes this way.

Now here's the ironic part. Besides appreciating nature, the main idea of a Second Look is to see things in a different way. However, I don't seem to be very good at that when I'm inside. I am so used to uploading my pictures with a cable connecting the camera to the computer, I didn't even entertain another way to do it. I forgot about the obvious solution of putting the memory card from my camera directly into the computer. It seems so obvious now. However, the only way I "thought" of it was when Theo suggested it. So much for seeing things in a different way.

Now onto what I saw this week during a Second Look.

After teasing me for weeks with buds, these mums finally bloomed.

These mums also bloomed this week for the first time.

The sweet gum trees are starting to turn. These are some of our most colorful trees in the fall.

I found this ball in the yard last year in a different spot. Over time it has moved to a new area and miraculously avoided the lawn mower. I left it in place to see what its next move will be.

The sun trying to come out after the rain.

More mums.

We've waited long enough to pick up the black walnuts that we're going to have to wear gloves when we handle them now lest we get that pesky, permanent black walnut stain on our hands.

We're still getting a bloom a day from this day lily.

Inadvertently, I brought this jumping toy inside for the cats to play with.


  1. Nice pictures! I especially like the sweet gum tree.

    We had a ladybug in our house yesterday. Kept our cat entertained for quite awhile. :)

    1. That's why I never mind it when we get crickets in the basement. I consider them enrichment activities for the cats.

  2. I love the autumn colors! Your mums are beautiful I may have to try growing some here now that I don't have a large population of deer to eat them.

    1. We have plenty of deer here but they have not bothered the mums yet. Supposedly they are deer resistant. I think you should give it a try. I don't have a lot of mums, but the ones I have have been leftovers from the big pots that people buy for color in the fall. Once they "die" , they give them to me and I plant them. Some have survived and some haven't, but it's always worth a try.

  3. I am big supporter of the idea of "universalizing" all Did you ever read what Douglas Adams had to say about that? Quite amusing.

    Anyway, I love your photos. I've been inspired to take a second look at the things around me even when I don't go out and about with the camera. I find myself thinking of your lovely photos and looking with a new eye.

    1. I've been meaning to read the Douglas Adam books. The rest of the family has read all of them. I'm not sure what he said, but I like the idea of universalizing all cords. :)


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