Saturday, October 22, 2011

Nature Notes: First Frost

Outback in Autumn

Wow ... I missed most of a season change here, didn't I?

Summer faded into fall, the leaves turned to glory and are falling fast.

First Frost

A new groundhog took up residence under the deck and polished off every petunia and chrysanthemum blossom in the containers out there. And this morning, the first hard frost put a merciful end to the ragged stumps he left behind.

Shredder

He's too cute to shoot, but I certainly am tempted.

The hummingbirds are long gone, but the bluebirds are lingering. Juncos have returned, and chickadees are raiding the feeder in earnest, stashing seeds in the bark of surrounding trees against the winter to come.

It's apple season, and pumpkin season, and almost Halloween. I love, love, love the fall, when Mother Nature is at the top of her game.


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8 comments:

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos from the first frost. We had it also on this weekend.

Daryl said...

Its coming .. I can feel it but so far its been sunny w/o frost .. tho this weekend there was a lot of fog

Rambling Woods said...

I've never seen a ground hog before. He is so much cuter than the mink we had here...yes...winter is on its way....Michelle

Rambling Woods said...

I usually put out peanuts..shelled and unshelled in the winter so the birds that cache can put some away, but they are too expensive to use all year for me anyway...they are great as they are high in fat and protein...

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos of the frost. We have not had one here yet. I see lots of groundhogs here, they realy do a number on our plants. Thanks for sharing your nature photos.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the changing season. I love how you have a little bit of everything from the colors to the frost and even a groundhog.

EG Wow said...

You had a lovely first frost! We've just got cold but no interesting ice crystals yet.

Debbie said...

that second shot is spectacular!!