The Ouachitas’ big autumn show is winding down and the forest is wearing a decidedly more subtle palette these days.
Dayflowers have an incredible ultramarine blue color, so rich, so deep, it’s hard to capture in pixels. This year’s moist and relatively mild Arkansas summer seemed to be just what these wildflowers needed and hundreds of them were singing the blues yesterday morning.
This goldfinch must’ve been ravenous! He proved quite determined to pluck every single seed out of a faded wild sunflower, pecking at the little globe from every angle.
My had husband pointed out the flash of yellow among the quivering stems and we watched for about 10-15 minutes as he performed his acrobatics during breakfast yesterday. A few minutes later, the Mrs. showed up to finish off what he’d left.
Following the deer trails this morning, these bright, chrome yellow coreopsis were like beacons in the shadow of the oak, hickory and pine canopy.
This little tiny yellow spider was about 3/16ths of an inch long and had strung its web between the empty seed-bearing arms of some wild grass.
I love the shape of grape leaves — deeply lobed, with lovely curves and points and essential to the beautiful fruit they will eventually help create. They are especially beautiful in their youth — blushing, satiny and untouched by disfiguring phylloxera or other pests.
Wildflowers and wildlife aren’t the only beauties in these Ouachitan woods. While grown up oaks add to the lovely fall color here, these youngins show their spring colors nicely.
The January 16 full moon may have been the smallest of the year, but it still put on a big show. Managed to snap a shot just before it disappeared below the horizon, and just before we disappeared down the road for morning commute.