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.
Wonderful photos. I especially enjoyed the sun coming through the trees. 🙂
Thank you! I am very lucky – that is my view every morning. But it is a little different every day and I never get used to it!
Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
Glad you liked them! I just hardly ever go outside without my camera these days!
Love the colour of the spider! The snakes do indeed have a blunt nose and persimmons, sigh. I had a tree when I lived in Oakland, CA and up here in N Idaho I can occasionally get them…I make a fabulous Persimmon Steamed Pudding, more sighing:) Thank you for your interest in things that are ‘creepy crawly’ !
I munch on a few Texas persimmons when I am out in the Hill Country, but I have not tried these. Fortunately I have enough to eat and to dye with.
What a keepsakes/diary to be kept. You truly enjoy writing maybe book someday? Blessings Always, Mtetar
Keep these photos coming! What a range of fauna you have–the spider is especially amazing!
Yes you are right; we do have a variety of colors here in Texas! Enjoyed your pictures and you have a wonderful area full of wildlife to enjoy each day.
I went from East Texas to the Hill Country over the weekend – on Friday the colors were pretty dull, and I thought we were going to have a bland autumn. When we came back on Sunday, the leaves just popped with saturated color! I think we will have a nice fall after all, for a few days at least!
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