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Monday, 8 October 2018

Wild beauty

The wildflowers along the boardwalk have yet to be too adversely affected by the cold and dark of autumn. 





Though the greens are not as brilliant now and many plants have gone to seed, the plants make a pleasing border. 





They are tall, having achieved their height in the long, hot summer days. The border catches the eye.





The city has planted and maintains wild rose bushes along the path. The rose, pink and white blooms are gone now, except for an occasional straggler. Numerous rose hips replace them, some quite large, others more numerous on a bush but tiny.





One group of rose bushes is almost devoid of rose hips. 





There are open hips exposing some seeds on rocks across from these bushes. 





Were the fruit-eating birds such as waxwings, blackbirds and thrushes eating at this table?


Bulrushes present in wet areas are dried out now, having had their brief few green weeks in the sun. The blackbirds enjoy their company either way.





In the harbour, hundreds of geese are gathered in the sand at low tide. They have muted conversations until one talks of leaving and then a loud discussion ensues prior to take-off, as others decide to join the exodus. Similarly, landing geese are noisy as they glide in on the breeze, staking a claim on a landing spot.




Gulls young and old strut their stuff on the exposed sea bed as they forage for food.





In the stream, the neighbourhood yellow legs is swimming around which is an unusual sight for that wader.





The leaves are changing colour now, a huge difference from last week. The breeze shakes a few more from the branches as we walk by.





In our little city, natural beauty is easy to find.






36 comments:

Linda d said...

The weather is turning. The scenes are lovely. The snow shots are just around the corner. Beautiful.

DJan said...

So very lovely, Marie. I enjoyed walking along your boardwalk with the birds and the remaining flowers. Yes, beauty is easy to find in your part of the neighborhood. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Each season has it's beauty Marie. I love the faded reminders of summer until the spectacular colours of autumn take over.. always enjoy walking with you ✨

Sandy said...

What wonderful pictures and looks like such a great place to walk. I need to be more walking shoes and go out for a walk, though it will just be through the neighborhood.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I love that the city plants and maintains roses.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I like your new header photo -- gorgeous!

Rhodesia said...

Beautiful gulls, love the shots of the gulls. I hope you enjoy your week, Diane

Elephant's Child said...

Natural beauty is everywhere - if you have open eyes, hearts and mind. Which you assuredly do.
Thank you for this loveliness.

bill burke said...

Another beautiful walk among nature. Thank you, Marie!

Catarina said...

A very pleasant walk! Not too cold to still enjoy the outdoors.

Joanne Noragon said...

I like the fall colors. The number and consistency of the rose hips interests me. I'm used to smaller and harder seed pods.

Mage said...

Thank you so much for taking us along. Beautiful is too mild a word for the richness we see there.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty. I hope that someday my rose bushes will grow (if the deer allow them to) enough for me to see such beautiful rosehips! I'm surprised you still have so much green! I remember your long winter last year from your photos! Andrea

Anvilcloud said...

You have an eye for beauty/

Barbara said...

A gorgeous place to live. Or maybe the beauty is seen through the eye of the Storyteller.

Elaine said...

You can't beat nature for beauty!!

Debbie said...

lovely images today, the landscapes and boarders are beautiful and soft with color!! i really enjoyed your description of the geese, taking off and landing, that was superb!!

our paths here look like the last picture you shared, a small littering of leaves!

ps, i have been away and i am trying to catch up on my reading. i don't like to skim, or rush...i know i have missed some of your posts, i hope to catch up!!

William Kendall said...

Fall certainly is establishing itself there quite well.

Marie Smith said...

The snow photos won’t be too long now, Linda.

Marie Smith said...

Beauty is all around if we but look, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Grace.

Marie Smith said...

A neighbourhood walk is interesting too, Sandy!

Marie Smith said...

The city does such a good job on the roses, Danielle.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

The gulls in the harbour are huge, Diane. They fascinate me.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, EC.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

I like it cooler, Catarina. I can dress for the cooler weather.

Marie Smith said...

Some of the rose hips are huge, Joanne.

Marie Smith said...

It is an area which always presents something new, Mage.

Marie Smith said...

Winter is just around the corner, Andrea.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, AC.

Marie Smith said...

This area always has something new to see, Barbara.

Marie Smith said...

I so agree, Elaine.

Marie Smith said...

My comments sometimes don’t publish on your posts, Debbie. I don’t know what’s going on with Blogger.

Marie Smith said...

The colours are peaking now, William.