Sunday, November 4, 2012


Just when it looked like autumn had pulled the curtain on all its finery,
some of the oaks brought their orange and gold garments from the wardrobe 
and took center stage.

Behind the curtains, ladybugs have been looking for warm places to hibernate,
some finding shelter inside nearby houses.
This one, not quite ready to give up summer, 
was taking her last swim of the season in our birdbath.
I fished her out, 
and she gave her head a little shake as if she'd misplaced her Swim-ear.

When she threatened to dive back in,
I moved her to the raspberry leaves,
where she looked much more comfortable.
She's on her own, though, when it comes to winter shelter.

A blue jay's distinctive call can be heard from the bandstand.
Though the birds like to perch on the winterberry trees,
the berries must not be ripe yet,
because nobody's biting.

As surely as the scenes change,
there is one thing that is always constant.

The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22, 23


Sandra said...

So the oaks have taken centre stage, dressed in their finest robes of orange and gold (love the wording!)They do indeed look grand as they bow and smile against the sunlit fresh green fields for the final curtain call. Such a beautiful image, Connie!
Look at that little ladybird having her last fling of the season too and the blue jay poised on a branch of red berries to show off his best profile and the elegant crest on his head.
Nature surpasses herself at every season and we are there to observe and admire!

Birgitta said...

Love your photos!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Miss ladybug is a cutie!

Visiting from mandarin Ornage Monday. Your comment on my Orange entry will be much appreciated.
Have a great week!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Connie,
These shots are so beautiful. Great to see the colors of the leaves from a high position.
And the ladybug with all the green colors around is so special to see, it's really amazing.
And last the bird, what a beauty..!!
A lovely blog Connie, well done!!

Many greetings,

Lisa Gordon said...

Connie, these are absolutely beautiful!
I love the ladybug photograph, but my absolute favorite is the bluejay. It is simply a magnificent image!

Michele {A Life Surrendered} said...

You showed us with your words and the pictures just solidified the beauty... so wonderful written.

Visiting from Jennifer's :)

mick said...

The colors in the first photo are especially beautiful - and of course the Blue Jay is gorgeous!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh so beautiful, just richly blessed my morning~

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE LOVE Ladybugs - and BLUE jays!!! Beautiful images!

Carletta said...

A beautiful fall scene in that first one! Wonderful personification of the oaks in your description of the scene.
I can hear blue jays as I sit here typing. :)
Lovely shots!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful scenes. love the soft bokeh behind the jay. :)

Wally Jones said...

Well, as a "flatlander from Florida", I'm jealous of your autumn colors! Beautiful all the way around. Thank you for sharing it all! -Wally

Pat said...

Your autumn landscape is beautiful - so full of color and texture. Then you move in close and get those great shots of the ladybug and the Blue Jay. Lovely work.

lorik said...

They must be among the nicest lady bug photos I have seen! Not only have you captured the gorgeous colour but the shiny surface of the little creature.
Thank you so much for sharing your work on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

S. Etole said...

What an enjoyable photo of the blue jay. I rarely catch a shot of one as they are so quick to fly away.

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful set of phtographs. Love the Lady Bug!

Dave said...

What a really lovely post... the colours, depth of field, clarity, composition ... I could go on but fair to say I love it

Brilliant post

Kathy said...

Love the fall color, especially in your landscape first shot. Absolutely breathtaking. Here in East Texas we have yellow and gold and a bit of red, but our oaks are yet to start turning. Last year our peak was in mid-December but it may be a bit earlier this year.

Stewart M said...

Great colour and composition in these images. We only really get autumn colours in our street trees - very, very few of out natives shed their leaves or change colour.

Thanks for the comment on my blog - I've been in Oman for a week hence slow reply!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia