Senior citizen

Walking the trail in a new park today, we passed this old tree trunk.The land that is now a park was once used for farming, and many of the trees have grown up since the farmers moved away; however, this “senior citizen” has been around for a long time. It may have seen better days, but it definitely has character.

How long?

How long will it be before this…

becomes this…

…or eventually this?

And does it matter? Each one has its place in nature, and, to my eye, each one has a beauty of its own.

Arboretum Images

On a chilly, mostly cloudy fall day, I ventured to the Holden Arboretum to have fun with my camera. My current challenge is to get the exposure and focus of the image just the way I visualize them when I snap the picture. Although my finger pressing the AE-L button got more than a little cold, I still had fun. Below are two of the images I captured; others can be seen on Skip’s Photoblog.

I would be glad to know what you think. Constructive criticism is appreciated.

Guess who came to dinner?

2011_10_21_untitled_2678On my walk in the park this afternoon, I stopped at a bench beside the trail and scattered a little buffet for the birds, but guess who came to dinner…and beat the birds to it.


I had to dig into my pocket and replenish the supply for the other little birds.


Shades of October


I had planned a quick trip to the Arboretum today, so I was hoping for a sunny day.
As it turned out, the sky was mostly grey, but the trees made all the difference!

Not your average weed

Food for the monarch butterfly caterpillar

Milkweed is a gourmet meal for the caterpillar and is reportedly edible by humans too.
I won’t be adding it to my menu anytime soon, but I may plant some in the garden for the monarchs.

More interesting info about milkweed

Making a beeline!

The bee and I both had our eyes on this flower, although our reasons weren’t the same.

Desperately hanging on!

Winter is coming…but I refuse to accept it.
Like this leaf clinging to the branch,
I am resolutely clinging to sunny days and blue skies.


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