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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hardly Fall(ing)

Talking about leaves.

Fall has come to many areas in the U.S. and abroad, but slower to arrive in other places, including the VA eastern shore. Walking around the neighborhood last week looking for visible signs of fall proved slow-going, as you can see.

While pine needles have started falling, most other trees remain green and leafy.


Yet, there are some slight variations with the most colorful leaves on the numerous poison ivy plants, which are always viewed from a distance and never touched.


There was still plenty of pollen gathering activity in the backyard wildflower meadow and in the front yard too. Notice all the pollen on the hind leg of the bee in the second photo.




Monarch butterflies traditionally will have started their fall migration to warmer climates, but there's still some stragglers around, although not in great numbers. These butterflies are the only insect that migrate to warmer temps over 2,000 miles away by wintering in Mexico and some parts of southern California. That's not a bad way to spend the winter months.


Warmth also applies to imagery. Here's a before collage taken around our yard last week. 



Now those same images after a quick-fix edit in Picasa which was done just by selecting heat map under the image editing choices.


Around here, the next few weeks will bring slowly increasing color changes, but peak color won't be until November depending on the weather. Right now we are still fairly warm with daytime temps in the 70s.

Are YOU enjoying fall weather and colors now?

19 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I went north last week was shocked at the color difference. It is just starting to phase in around here.

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely! Many of the trees are turning up here and the leaves are falling. Our deck is covered every morning.

Anvilcloud said...

Meanwhile, our colour fades already.

Daisy said...

Some trees have already lost their leaves here, and others have not even started to change color yet, so we have a mixed bag here. Lovely photos!

Sandra said...

the view down the road is so pretty even without colors. and all the wild critters and flowers are perfect fall colors... beautiful photos..soon those bees will hibernate i guess. never thought about where they go when the snow comes.

W. Latane Barton said...

excellent fall pictures. We are about the same, still pretty green.

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I'm glad we don't have poison ivy here but it's sure beautiful in autumn colors.

I guess most leafs fly away today here because we have strong winds and heavy rains now.

Have a great day!
Christer.

Emma Springfield said...

I was shocked when I read your post. Do you know that I never thought of bees collecting pollen in the fall? Somehow it seems that they would in the spring and summer but not fall. Perception can be surprising.

Doris said...

We are seeing color here and some leaves are falling. But we certainly are not at peak yet. I'm waiting to see some pretty surrounding our back yard! Your photos are beautiful!!

A Quiet Corner said...

I know this was all about the leaves...but the bees got my eye!!!...:)JP

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots, particularly the butterflies!

Ludwig Keck said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

Elaine said...

Lovely photos!! We're not enjoying fall weather and colors now--been there, done that, and now we're on to winter weather and snow. Yippee!

diane b said...

That was interesting how you changed the colours with picasa. Love the bee shots too. It still looks very summery there.

gigihawaii said...

Lovely butterflies! Very colorful.

Rebecca said...

So colorful! I want to plant some milkweed for the Monarch butterflies. They are becoming endangered.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Lovely images as always, you have talent. No real changes here, instead of the leaves turning, they are looking dried and dead and falling off. Doubt we will have a pretty Fall for some reason.
GOD bless and keep you all safe.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your images are so very pretty! Fall color is beginning to arrive here and I see a subtle change in the trees every day.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Lovely fall photos:)

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