Fall into winter

What a difference a few weeks can make. The top photo was taken the week before Thanksgiving. The bottom photo was taken around lunchtime today — the snow and sleet courtesy winter storm Cleon.

Fall landscape.
The Arkansas Ouachitas glow in the pink morning light of Nov. 11, 2013.
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Except for a few ragged flags left in the black jack oaks, the same Ouachita ridge is stripped bare, nearly a monotone, thanks to a Dec. 6, 2013, winter storm.

Autumn colors 2013

Here it is late October and the Ouachitas are just beginning to turn. ¬†Even though the woods are mostly green, there’s still plenty of autumn color around. Photos taken today and yesterday.

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Weekly photo challenge: Saturated

This week’s challenge is saturated — colors your eyes can swim in. So many great entries today. Here’s our take on the theme:

Virginia creeper
SPOTTED — Virginia creeper in fall livery is also saturated by some sort of leaf spot, giving the leaves a somewhat psychedelic appearance.
Red morning glories
REALLY RED — Spent blossoms of red morning glories seem to pop against the dark background.
iery sunset in the Ouachitas.
REALLY, REALLY RED — Fiery sunset in the Ouachitas.

And of course, the saturation point http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/photo-challenge-saturated/

Gold and parachutes

A beautiful day and a vacation day! Too nice to stay inside, so of course the camera and I took a walk. In addition to more butterflies (see the previous post with the red-spotted purple) the light was just right for a couple of non-insect shots.

READY FOR DEPARTURE -- Parachutes ready to lift off with their seedy payload.
GOLD LEAF -- Fall color that's solid gold.