Subtle Colors of Autumn

I enjoyed the structure of a weekly photo post when I did the 1 Day 1 World Project, so I thought I’d keep that going on my own, with just whatever strikes my fancy each week.

(Warning: some creepy crawly creatures ahead.  Just take a deep breath and don’t miss out on the beauty in their colors, patterns, and textures.)

This week we had a cool spell that had some birds migrating through, and some reptiles moving slow enough for me to get great pictures.  A pair of Eastern hognose snakes came out and sunned in a corner of our garden, for four days in a row.  If hognoses are cornered, they can be very dramatic, first puffing up like cobras, and if that doesn’t work, playing dead.  I can’t bring myself to mess with animals for my own amusement, so I didn’t try anything to provoke a reaction.  Instead I just enjoyed watching them as I came and went in the garden.

And I was surprised to find a Mediterranean house gecko in our wood pile – as you can tell by the name, they are not native, but they are not known to be harmful as some invasive species are.  When I lived in Sugar Land, we had these geckos all over the place, but there they were a translucent white, which I guess is much better camouflage on the white siding of subdivision houses.  I would love to know if the ones up here in the woods are more likely to be dark, like the one I found.

I noticed some crumpled leaves gathered into a ball on a goat weed — when I checked it out, I found a beautiful green lynx spider guarding a web full of her babies there.  She was the perfect color to blend in with parts of the plant.

There was another insect that I noticed only because it was stationary on a man-made surface. If it had been on a tree, I would never have seen it.  I’m not sure, but I think it was a lunate zale moth – they come in a spectacular range of variations.

I also discovered two persimmon trees I didn’t know I had, and I learned a lot about them at Grackle & Sun.  I am going to try mordanting and natural dyeing with these.


We don’t usually get dramatic fall color in Texas, but these subtle colors are beautiful in their own way.