Announcing Autumn

There are certain signs that Autumn has arrived.

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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.

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Fuzzy Little Babies

Here it is, the last week of September, and this is what my apple tree is up to:

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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 🙂

Happy First Day of Autumn!

The summer was so dry in Oklahoma that we were worried we wouldn’t have any leaves left by autumn.

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Nikon D5100 f/5 ISO 400 1/350 sec 55-300@170mm – Autumn 2012

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.