Not your typical fall colors light up the afternoon on the mountain.
Moonrise over the Ouachita Mountains.
This morning’s walk turned up plenty of texture.
Fall arrived earlier this week, and fall color is appearing everywhere in the Ouachitas.
The time between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. was magical this morning, the 21st day of September. The sky was cloudless, Jupiter was at its closest to Earth and the moon was just two days away from being full.
With autumn drawing near, the morning glories will be closer to ending their short run.
American crows are common on the mountain and often announce their presence in a big, loud way. This fellow was king of the mountain for a short while.
The sun hardly ever disappoints in his evening finale.
A red-tailed hawk enjoys the updrafts from the Ouachita valley below.
Last year, there was so much rain, none of the grape vines twined around the trees was pollinated. No grapes. Anywhere. This year, there were grapes, but the hot dry summer caused many to become raisins on the vine — which is why it was so surprising to see these plump muscadines ripening.
Muscadines are a hardy grape and often wind up in jellies and wine.