Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Autumn Arrives in Style
To the delight of some (ME) and the chagrin of others, Autumn has officially arrived here in Portland. I know if officially started late in September, but I always think of October 1 as the first day of Autumn here in the NW. The last few weeks saw some pretty intense storms (well, intense by Portland standards), and the garden was looking pretty beaten-down and sad for several days. Luckily, the weather evened out over the past week...and the garden has rebounded nicely. This past weekend was amazing...perfect weather for working out in the garden.
On Sunday morning, I happened to look out my the window of my little office and noticed how lovely and intricate this web looked covered in dew. I grabbed my camera and headed outside to take some pics.
Of course, as I walked around, I found more delights...like this spangled bloom on Pennisetum 'Red Head'.
The Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium 'Blue Heaven') have been coloring up nicely during the past few weeks and, as in the past, I'm utterly in love with them!
At some point, I looked up for a moment and realized there was a light amount of fog hanging around...not enough to get moody fog photos...but just enough to add some atmosphere as the rising sun refracted off the moisture-laden air.
It was just a soft haze at first...
...but as the sun climbed higher, the warm, slanting rays illuminated the garden...it was magical!
It's amazing how a slight change in light or atmosphere can transform a garden.
Suddenly, everything seemed moody, mysterious.
The warm light from behind ignited the fog, casting a warm glow over everything.
I walked around for quite a while, snapping photos like a madman...but stopping occasionally, just to enjoy this all-too-brief spectacle.
Soon enough, the fog burned off, and the sun dried the previous nights moisture from the plants.
That same Pennisetum from earlier, now backlit and luminous.
As I headed inside for another cup of coffee, Boots was waiting for me...for a scratch behind the ear...and a quick cuddle. So, even though we had already had the Autumnal Equinox and the return of the rains, for me, Autumn started that foggy morning in my garden...just me, the cats and the sound of hundreds of acorns falling like demented marbles from the trees above.
Happy Autumn, everyone...I hope you're enjoying it!