“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Anni's Autumn...

GATE in BLACK and WHITE

Along the Oso Bay Wetlands Trail
Corpus Christi, Texas



* * Now, for some color!* *


AUTUMN ALONG THE TEXAS COAST


Finally, it's beginning to look and FEEL like our Autumn! I say "our Autumn" 'cause it's not a typical Autumn that northerners encounter. The high temperatures can still reach the eighty degree mark, but the humidity is low, low, LOWer. That, I like!! Oh, and the overnight temperatures usually drop about 30 degrees from what we experienced for the summer months.  Yes, it's drier for the most part, but typically this season is also the biggest potential of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Gulf.  There's always that.

The outdoor colors change. Instead of the white hot skies above, the blue becomes a rich hue with the likes of lapis stone. Wildflowers become seed pods in most cases while others; the blossoms thrive in the cooler air even tho they may be smaller in size. September in my region is usually the wettest month of the season, so the grasses turn green again and flourish. In some cases, trees in the heavy wooded areas are mixed with Autumn colors while others remain evergreen [not pine, but oak mostly]. The lack of wildlife activity in the heat of the summer months begins to build up.  Breeding season for birds is over and they're finished molting; acquiring new plumage, brighter and beautiful again.  Migration hits its peak between September and October for all those that head south of our borders into Old Mexico and Central/South America.  The hummingbirds flock to our feeders by the dozens to stock up on the sugar-water for their 1000s mile flight to their winter homes.  Squirrels are busy stashing their cache of seeds/nuts around the landscape while at times they stop to enjoy the rich nutritious pods.  It's like nature reawakens to a whole new world of color and survival...


SEA BUCKTHORN


MOUNTAIN LAUREL SEEDPOD




FOX SQUIRREL AT PARK


SILVER LEAF SUNFLOWER -and bee


CORAL BEAN SEEDPOD


HUMMINGBIRD STOP OVER @ Hootin' Anni's


NORTHERN CARDINAL in his new Winter Garb


OCTOBER SKY



...and then, there's Witches sittin' pretty...

HALLOWEEN F@CEBOOK
click on image below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aIhN0bdPZA

Just short of a 2 minute slideshow video
In the video, the gray framed painting [the witch flying across the October Moon] is my own work done a few years back
Happy Haunting!

45 comments :

  1. Great B&W shots of the rusty old gate and wire. The chain shot is my favourite.But its always great to see those colourful nature shots.

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    1. Thanks Christine. It's good to read you enjoyed the photos.

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  2. I love the black and white fence photo. But the animal is more my thing.

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    1. Me too Ralph....animals in general [except snakes...I hate snakes]

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  3. loved the fence/gate series! and adorable squirrel!!!

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    1. Thanks Ms. T!! And, thanks for hosting.

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  4. Good Morning, Love the B&W gate shots and the nature scenes are gorgeous. I have to admit the squirrel is my favorite!

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    1. I really got a 'kick' out of watching it climb the tree with that extra long seed pod tho. It was a hoot!! Thanks Mildred

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  5. these are great! really love the last 2 in the b&w and that cute squirrel!

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    1. That squirrel is a favorite of mine too...thanks

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  6. Love to think of your pretty world, with cooler temps and lower humidity. Love all your pictures this time, Anni, B&W and color. :-)

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  7. Rarely see black and white shots anymore, but I think they have a lot of character. You did an awesome job as usual on your presentation. Such a joy to visit.

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    1. YOU dear one are a joy to have stopping by hootin anni's...thanks

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  8. Great B/W shots of fence. Love the details. Your witch video was fun...no matter what you post I ALWAYS find them wonderful and beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much for this complimentary note!

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  9. well, it certainly looks like that gate has been there awhile. Love old things!!

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    1. For a good LONG time indeed!

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  10. Hello Anni!:) I like your dramatic black and white photos,.. your images have a powerful visual effect, that colour would not have achieved. Loved the video, and all your witches, some quite ugly, but others looked quite pretty to look at, but the broomstick witch has a very mean look,,,it's a great little painting. Beautiful and colourful nature shots, and the cute
    squirrel capture is fantastic, love it!!:))

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    1. My goodness...thanks for your kind words!

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  11. Great pictures of the gate....looks good in black and white.... and the colour pictures are wonderful!!

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  12. Great pictures. Even seed pods can be artistic and beautiful.

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    1. Indeed...nature is so artistic

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  13. Love the shots of the gate. I can almost feel the texture.
    I could get used to your fall.

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  14. Oh MY!!! This may be my favorite post of yours EVER!! The photos, each one deserving to be on a magazine cover. I can never know what would look good in black and white. You DO, instinctively! They are amazing! Each and every one is absolutely gorgeous!! And the textures, wow! The yellow berries in the sun are gorgeous! And the squirrel with his loot. The gorgeous seedpod is a real favorite. And of course beautiful shimmering birds. How on earth did yo get this portrait of the hummer being still? He is posing for you! You are The Bid Whisperer!

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    1. Right now, we have dozens of hummers in our yard, feeding....when they go to perch and rest, I snap away!! Thanks Ginny.

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  15. I love those b/w shots. You really focus on the detail when you see those.

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  16. You painted a pretty picture of Fall with your words. I liked this post very much.

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    1. Thanks Paula, for the encouraging words.

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  17. your shots are just great, and do love your black and whites. I am so glad that fall is here... well it could be a little cooler here, but soon.....Best to you!

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    1. I'm all for COOLER!!! Very much so.
      Thanks Jeanne

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  18. Your Autumn sounds just perfect! The photos you shared are so pretty too.

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  19. Excellent B&W shots.

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  20. I haven't seen a humingbird for a while. I see they arrive in Texas.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Yep, they're here now, in full force.

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  21. Wonderful photos - love the B&W photos and all the flora and fauna. Such detail on the hummingbird, too! Fun video! x Karen

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  22. loved this video....xo

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  23. It looks very dry there by your black and white gate. Your birds are beautiful.

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  24. Sorry to be so late commenting. - Fantastic post. All of your BW shots of the gate and fence were stunning! - Enjoyed seeing Autumn in your area. Loving the different berries, the cute squirrel and the wonderful white clouds.

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