Sunday, November 9, 2008

Indian Summer

There were a few interesting things to see during the past week of Indian summer.

This nest looked interesting. And if you know the variety of the tree, please say so. It's one of the last to lose its leaves.

Here's a very interesting story dealing with new found friendships: The guitar picker on the right lives just down the road from me, but I didn't meet him until this past summer. He's lived there for about as long as we've lived here, 17 years. I didn't know until after meeting him, and after my wife told me, that he too is from the Bluegrass State, and loves bluegrass music (he has old cassette tape recordings of his mother's bluegrass band, they were just as good as any top name bluegrass act today). Maybe I'll record us doin a song and post it here.

I think there's a lot more to black and white than just black and white. I find it surprising to see so many shades in only two colors. Nothing's ever really black or white.

This Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is most interesting. If you don't have one in your landscape, you need to get one, or possibly two or three. This one was already well established when we moved here. It's never given us any problems.

Milkweed seed pods are quite interesting.

Y'all are also very interesting. I wonder if you'd let me come and take your picture?

Peace.

20 comments:

tina said...

Hey TC! Yes, I think you should record you and your new friend playing a bluegrass song and post it on here. That would be great! I love your Japanese maple. Sure wish I knew what type of tree that yellow one is-an ash? beechnut? Very pretty.

Joe Lamp'l said...

Looks like a beech to me. They're one of my favorites because the leaves cling to their branches until pushed off by new growth in spring. Love your pics TC. I also thought your comments on your post right after the election was well put.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi TC, for some reason your friend reminds me of Garth Brooks;) A little.

I've never tried a Japanese maple, altho I love them. I understand they are a favorite of the Japanese beetles. There is no point in providing another food source for those hated bugs to destroy.
Marnie

walk2write said...

TC, how wonderful that you have made a new friend and one with similar interests and background. Has Tina somehow been instrumental in this meeting too? I feel like she is sitting on my shoulder now whenever I meet someone new, encouraging me to be more sociable. The tree may be a birch or beech, not sure. How tall is it and what is the shape?

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Great photo of the milkweed. That is the truest sign of fall.

Fern @ Life on the Balcony said...

I could have sworn that I commented on this post already? Did the vast internet conspiracy eat my comment?!

TC said...

Ms. Tina: I need you as a back-up singer. You don't even have to be here, I have a digital voice recorder I can use right over the phone. I'm pretty sure the tree is a beech.

Joe: Thanks ol' pal! (You're not really old.)

Ms. Marnie: Phillip has a better voice. ;~) I hope I don't jinx my Japanese maple by sayin beetles of the same name never bother it.

Ms. W2W: Would you be interested as one of my back-up singers too?
My beech is about 30 feet tall, and shaped like me: fat. ;~)

Hello Mr. Sobczak, I don't think I've seen you here before. Thank you very much for the compliment on my photo. I remember when I was a kid and we'd play with milkweed pods. I'm not sure if the "milk" seeping from the pods is poisonous or not and I don't remember if we tried to "drink" it. I hope to see you here again. ;~)

Ms. Fern: Possibly so; I've not been notified of any other comments from you. And thanks for stopping by, come again please.

Teri C said...

Oh my gosh, such gorgeous colors in your garden!!! So bright and happy.

From one T. to another T. :)

Dave said...

Neat stuff! It's funny that so many people don't know their neighbors. When I was growing up we knew nearly everyone on our street and the adjacent streets. Now we kind of know our immediate neighbors and that's about it. It's great you met someone in your neighborhood with whom you have a common interest. The pictures are great. The Japanese maple is a great tree, I hope to get a few more!

Sue said...

I love your fall foliage, and would love to hear the music that was being played.

TC said...

From One T. to another T.: Thanks so much for visiting and do come back often. We're now at the point where color is almost absent in the garden. Alas, winter is fast approaching.

Dave: I too remember "the good ol' days" when you'd leave your front and back doors open all night and neighbors borrowed sugar, milk, and bread from each other.

Sue: Thanks for stopping in. I plan on discussing a performance with my buddy. ;~)

Q said...

Dear TC,
A joy in life is meeting new "friends". Equally delightful when they are in the neighborhood.
The house behind me is vacant. I have a wish that a charming woman moves in. I hope she would enjoy some of the same things I do and we could be friends.
My husband plays the guitar. He also have taken to the ukulele. I often wish he had a friend to pick with. Nice you do now.
Indian Summer is a beautiful way to say "Goodbye" to Autumn. Your pictures are so bright I feel as if I am standing under them looking up!
Namaste,
Sherry

TC said...

Ms. Sherry: We have a "vacant" neighbor too. It's the house next door and I hope whoever ends up moving in will also be a gardener.

I would love to pick with your husband, and who knows, perhaps I may in the future. ;~)

Brenda Leyland said...

Hi, Your photos are spectacular. That milkweed pic was amazing.

Chuckled at your comment about wanting to use the phrase 'timely manner'... it does have an air to it.

TC said...

Hello Ms. Brenda, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the compliments on my photos. I take so many, and every so often, one or two will come out okay. ;~)

Brenda Leyland said...

Hi TC, Thanks for dropping a note at my place. I appreciate the compliment on my snowman card.

So...are you offering your wife's Stampin' Up stuff the same way my hubby offers to sell my Victoria magazines and vast book collection... to make more room for his hobby of collecting (and sometimes using) his woodworking tools? (smile)

BTW...thanks for the kind offer, but I'll pass.

I noticed you like Ann Lamott's Bird by Bird... me too.... in fact I posted something about one of her stories if you care to check it out at...

http://awordfromhome.blogspot.com/2008/08/day-4-just-take-it-bird-by-bird.html

TC said...

Ms. Brenda: Do you mean the Victoria's Secret women's lingerie catalog?? ;~)

I've not got around to reading your post on Bird by Bird yet, but will soon.

Kentucky Dreamer said...

Yes, play some music for us ... I'd really enjoy that!

Wow @ the Japanese maple. It is absolutely stunning! I agree too, about the magnificent shades born from black & white. Stunning pics, friend ...

Brenda Leyland said...

TC, Aha...LOL....Actually no, just plain "Victoria" in this case.

TC said...

KYD: Thank you ma'am!

Ms. Brenda: Doggone it! ;~)