Along the Oso Bay Wetlands Trail
Corpus Christi, Texas
* * Now, for some color!* *
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...
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
...and then, there's Witches sittin' pretty...
click on image below
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