Saturday, October 01, 2011

Autumn's palette

The north wind blustered through the Ozarks that bright bluebird afternoon. After several hours of hiking through woodlands and glades the sun began to set over the hills. It's setting much too early these early fall days, and the crickets are the only noise in town. But it's fall composite season! Asters, goldenrods, the stiff stem of the mustard yellow Helianthus occidentalis, restricted to glades in Missouri. I love seeing its basal leaves in my sampling frame during June, thinking ahead to the month when the bluestem turns maroon and gold.


Nickelplate said...

What's that thing off in the distance in the first picture?

Also, that persimmon tree has a very oriental growth habit. Very neat!

Allison Vaughn said...

I think it's the water treatment plant...sort of mars the view, doesn't it? That persimmon was on fire!