|The Autumn landscape now wears russet and deep golden hues.|
|As strong tall Oaks free their true colors.|
|This morning the landscape and gardens were tossed ahead a few months into winter temperatures and snow!
Most unusual for this time of year.
|This young buck forages through the wet snow.
I love the way one of his budding antlers is directly poised ‘side by side’ with a plant stalk.
|By late morning the snow begins to melt and fall from the greatly relieved shrubs and trees.
Like throwing off a heavy coat!
|I am thankful to see green again along with the shades of Autumn.
I found it quite astounding . . . the difference in my mood . . . seeing the white melting away into the colorful palette again.
|High up in the naked Rock Maple a year round resident adult Red-shouldered Hawk fluffs up his feather coat.
He gives me a glaring once-over, before placing his gaze upon the garden floor.
|His russet front mirrors the returning Autumn palette now mostly filling the landscape . . .
as it should be on an October morning.
|Swooping down for some prey in the garden. Hopefully a rabbit or vole.|
|I could not see if he caught anything.|
Each day grows side by side another. Never knowing how one will compare from the other. I suppose it makes life more adventurous that way, though I would rather not have winter on what I expect to be an Autumn day. It is down right rude of winter. Tomorrow we are to be treated to another winter storm!
I thought I saw some early winter snow in Sweden awhile back. Visit Katarina to see what might be ‘sida vid sida’ there.