Here in Oklahoma, and also in Japan, the 彼岸花と柿 – red spider lilies and persimmons (ripening) – are sure signs. I will have to see if our red spider lilies are still in bloom, but here is a photo of a ripening persimmon.
Here it is, the last week of September, and this is what my apple tree is up to:
Nikon D5100 f/8 ISO 200 1/250 sec 55-300@300 mm – Autumn 2012
These are a result of those beautiful apple blossoms last August. Now it is a real race; will the apples ripen first? Or will the frost prevent their maturation? It is all endlessly fascinating to me 🙂
I saw a flicker of movement under a log by the pond, so I moved the log.
A small snake was revealed. He held very still while I tried to ease closer. My movements startled two toads, which leaped over the snake… The snake was more concerned with hiding from me than with finding breakfast, so nothing happened. All remained very still.
You can see for yourself, there are still a few leaves, especially on tough trees like these Hackberries. Wait! There is a hackberry tree growing around and above this one, but these leaves are those of the native wild plum.