Oct 202014
 

Until this project, I had never really noticed, much less appreciated, the brilliant red of the sassafras leaves in autumn, accentuated by the way many of the leaves remain green while others abruptly turn.

 

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Oct 192014
 

I ventured out to Piney Woods Church Road shortly after noon today, and photographed this sweetgum leaf partially illuminated by the sun.  In its pale green and dun spaces, I imagine a satellite image of another land, containing verdant forests and stark deserts.

 

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Oct 182014
 

I could fill entire walls with images of muscadine leaves; or, of course, I could wander into my own backyard, where muscadine blankets practically everything.  Another image from this afternoon’s Piney Woods Church Road ramble.

 

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Oct 182014
 

I have never been particularly fond of Nepalese Brown-Top, a sort of miniature bamboo that is almost as invasive as the real thing.  I have walked many a woodland with this grass as the dominant ground cover.  The leaves are relatively uninteresting, the flowers minute and pink.  But now, in the midst of autumn, a handful of the leaves are turning a brilliant red, while the others persist in green.  What an unexpected plant to reveal the beauty of the autumn time!

 

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Oct 172014
 

The wood oats along Piney Woods Church Road have all turned russet brown now.  In the warm, breezy afternoon air, I watched the stalks swing to and fro, seed heads suspended like objects in a mobile or wind chimes.

 

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Oct 152014
 

Persimmon season is approaching.  The persimmons are just about the right color, but still firm to the touch.  Once they begin to get soft and mushy, then they will be ready.  The coyotes in the area are less patient than I am, judging by all the persimmon seeds I saw in a pile of coyote dung I saw on the roadbed a few days ago (which I photographed, but couldn’t quite find the audacity to post here).

 

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