Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Few More Pictures...

Morning light . . .
Sweet gum bright . . .
What does the wooly worm see ahead?

Nandina berries -- winter red.

And a series of sky shots from Tuesday evening as I left the house around five to go to teach my class. The western sky was beautiful from our porch (there was even a brief rainbow from a passing shower), more intense down at the lower place where I switch from the Jeep to the little gas-efficient Honda Fit and quite spectacular by the time I hit the hard road at the end of our half mile driveway. (As always, click on a picture or on the slide show to biggify.)

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18 comments:

Victoria said...

I especially like the picture of the sweet gum leaves, and the slide show was beautiful.

Eliane Zimmermann said...

i wasn't aware that nandinas have such wonderful berries, ours is still a baby (i planted it two years ago) and they apparently grow more than slowly! i bought it for the lovely foliage in all shades of red, pink and orange.

Martin H. said...

A friend of mine (a gifted photographer) once told me he thought the best pictures are made in the early morning or late evening light. I think you have proved his point.

Alan Burnett said...

Beautiful rich colours.

Elora said...

It's those Wooly Worms...the huge, all black ones...that worry me! Apparently we're a little too far north for Nandina. We had them when we lived in South Carolina. Yours are lovely, Vicki!

Elora

Pat in east TN said...

The slide show was outstanding!

Brian Miller said...

wow. beautiful skies in taht slide show...

Vicki Lane said...

Victoria -- the sweet gums are in the parking lot of our local Tractor Supply store and they are breathtaking!

Eliane -- our nandinas are about twenty years old -- I can't remember how long it took before they had berries.

Martin -- oh yes, that's when you get those great shadows and contrast.

Thanks, Alan!

This woolly worm looks pretty moderate, don't you think, Elora?

Thanks, Pat and Brian -- I never get tired of the sky (obviously.)

Mama-Bug said...

Wonderful photos Vicki. I wish my sweetgum tree leaves would turn red. Down here in Florida turn only yellow abit and fall off. The sky photo was my favorite.

Darla said...

Love the wooly-worm! Earlier in the fall, I was absolutely consumed by the Tiny World and kept trying to get photos of it and its inhabitants. You've done the wooly-worm proud!

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Love the photos; wooly worms! I have ot heard that expression for a long time! Brought back memories. Never had such berries on our nandinas in CA that were big. But oh we had tons of pyracantha berries!

Star said...

Lovely views even in November Vicki. You have answered my question about the steep drive, I think. You must have a steep drive to have to use a jeep?
Blessings, Star

Vicki Lane said...

Yes, Star -- Our house is perched on a mountainside -- we had a bulldozer scape a flat place for us to put the house and two lower flat places for a kind of front yard so our kids would have a place to play. And our vegetable garden is a series of stepped tiers.

Bouncin' Barb said...

Beautiful shots as usual. Your pictures remind of Crown Point, NY in the Adirondacks where my husband grew up. So lovely.

Suz said...

always the light that matters

Friko said...

Lovely pictures.
Come and teach me to write too.

Marilyn said...

If I was ever lucky enough to visit your part of the world I wouldn't know which would be the best season, I am guessing that each season has it's own magic but these photos make me wish i could visit right now!

Vicki Lane said...

Western North Carolina is a real tourist destination in the autumn. It's a wonderful season. Spring is my favorite but the weather can be unpredictable. The same for winter -- a big snow and travel can be a problem. Sunmer's nice -- in June. July and August can be pretty hot.