Thirsty Thursday

Ol’ Wally has been persuaded to ‘go seasonal’–whatever that means–for our weekly water day.

Fall color along the pond

Like the colors on that tree? Well, have a look at the other side. (Sorry, kind of difficult because of all trees that love that water along the perimeter, but the maple you’re looking for is the left hand side reflection.)

Maple viewed from north side

Did you notice the back of the tree is a different color? Yellow instead of red? Now, I don’t have a foolproof explanation, but I think it’s a combination of more water available on this North side, and less sunlight.

Let me know if any of you human readers have other reasoning.

I have also been persuaded, by a certain persuasive co-blogger squirrel, to post what would usually be featured in his column ‘Motionless Monday,’ even though it had nothing what-so-ever to do with water.

Vulture Wildlife Statue

As seeing a vulture statue in our neighborhood is rather unusual, I gave up. Happy Halloween!

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Today’s mystery is small, red and yummy!

Mystery #79

Give me your guesses!


Oops, a little late with your answer. Busy time of the year for squirrels, you know!

Here’s a hint of where they are found before they hit the ground:

seedpod of the Southern Magnolia

These are red seeds from Southern Magnolia , and we squirrels find them delicious. Not that we’d recommend them for you humans, but some mammals and birds, like turkeys do eat them as the ripen in the fall.

leaves of the Southern Magnolia

They are a little hard to find among those large leaves that are also falling.

Thirsty Thursday

We’ve had a light freeze here in Virginia, which has taken out the more sensitive plants. You folks might remember the native impatiens, Jewelweed, we have in the East. It is one of the first to be affected by any type of cold. From this large stand of plants, most of the fleshy stalks have freeze-dried and keeled over, leaving one yellowing plant.

Jewelweed dying out

Pond plants are dying away, too. Ol’ Wally here hasn’t gotten his old bones over to the golf course pond, but this here backyard pond is representative of what you see in the bigger ponds here abouts.

backyard pond

The plants are all but gone and the aquatic life–both the wild and domestic varieties–are slooowing way down for the colder months. The fish will go to deeper water, and the frogs and turtles bury themselves. You humans, too, should take this as a sign. You all don’t need to dig in too deep, but you should prepare for winter.

Purple Beautyberry Ripening

Last winter was the first I’d noticed we had the Purple Beautyberry shrub in our neighborhood. This fall Miz Flora and I looked for it.

Purple Beautyberry

The berries are setting on fine, but seems like the birds don’t pay much attention to them until winter desperation hits.

Purple Beautyberry

Leap on over to our February 6th post to read other details that we learned about this wildlife food shrub.