Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Second Look--October 21, 2015

This week we had our first frost of the season. And the second. It finally feels really cold with temperatures in the 20's one morning and I don't like it. But I guess I will adjust. It's always hard with the first cold snaps.

There were a few a casualties with the second frost, but there is still life in most of the plants. The leaves continue to change and fall, but the color is not at its peak yet. In fact, it's hard to imagine that there are so many green leaves left on the trees when there are some many brown ones on the ground.

As much as I don't like the coming of winter, I do love this time of year with the russet colors, crunching leaves, and the earthy smells. Autumn. Yes.

Here are a few things I saw this week 
during a Second Look.

The sun came out and the bees were busy on the recent mum blooms.

The nettle survived the frost and has an occasional bloom here and there.

However, most of the marigolds were not so lucky. This is one of the few blooms that made it through the frosts okay.

There haven't been any coneflowers blooming for several weeks now and the birds have been enjoying their seed heads.  However, I found one more bloom this week.

And speaking of birds, the gold finches have lost their brilliant yellows of summer when it was breeding season.

Fleabane in the grass.

Sweet gum leaves

Grazing deer