Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Interiors, Early Snow: Autumn Photo Log, Part IV

Some hiking photos and indoor shots provide fodder for this installment of the Autumn Photo log. We trekked up to our favorite and oft-documented nearby trail, War Spur Loop, for a nice morning hike a week or so ago. At about 4000' elevation, the trail had traces of snow on the north slopes (but the sunny southern slopes weren't snowy at all).  The next two photos show leaves poking through the snow, with slanting morning sun illuminating the leaves.

Snowy leaf on War Spur Loop.

Same photo as above, uncropped.

Back home, our Thanksgiving/Christmas Cacti (Schlumbergera truncata) have been in full bloom. Morning sun catches the cacti in the sunroom, while afternoon sun lights the cacti on the kitchen windowsill. The following are different blooms in the kitchen, followed by four photos of assorted pointy and round things from the succulent table in the sunroom.
 Christmas Cactus threatens a nearby purple object.

Big ol' bright Christmas Cacti blooms
Another view of the above Valley of Christmas Cacti Blooms
Sharp things on the succulent shelf.

More pointy things, only orange.

Succulent things, but not really grapes.

Scary flowers.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

First Frost & Attack of the Hay Bales: Autumn Photo Log, Part III

 More photos in the Autumn photo series. The following are taken from the hill near our house. This is what the outskirts of Blacksburg look like....when threatened by hay bales.

Hay bales seen approaching from the east, sauntering up the hill from the North Fork of the Roanoke River.

Oh no, they're coming over the hill from the other direction!
Deceptively still, these are slowly coming across the valley.
More hay bales. The peril! Unleash the cattle!
Silliness aside, it's been a great fall for taking photos.  The first hard frost came last weekend, covering the Blue Ridge near Woolwine. 

Taken from Handy Orchards, Hwy. 8, Woolwine, Virginia.
Leaves in the icy birdbath.

Backyard fungi.

Post-frost flowers, a bit battered.
Partially turned maple leaf, down the mountain in Greensboro.
Mark and Cindy's cat Calliope watches from their front porch.