3 Hour Photo Trips – The Backyard

Pine ConeWrenDead FlowerLocust Exo-skeleton

Some years ago, the exact number I won’t tell, I remember sitting on the living room floor completely enthralled watching Kermit the Frog sing “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”  An entire song about the hardships of being green contrasted with the benefits as well.  Obviously from looking at today’s photos green is not the color of choice, today it “is” easy being brown.

It’s only the middle of August, in the south, so this is hardly fall weather, but I find myself noticing all the colors of the summer beginning to dull, darken, and…brown.    Probably my favorite picture in this blog is the dead zinnia.  Monica took this one the other evening right outside our back door.

Another unique photo is the cicada exoskeleton.  Again, brown and dusty, a lifeless shell of it former self.  And how about the pine cone?  There are still many of them on the pine trees:  green, sticky, and barely open.  Then there’s the sunset.  During the summer the evening sky would be covered in shades of blues, purples, and bright yellows and pinks.  Yet on this mid August evening, the sky seems subtle and sublime – almost slowly slipping away.

Then there is the Carolina Wren.  Brown, no vibrant colors like a Cardinal or Goldfinch.  Yet he was busy about living!  You’ll notice in his mouth is some sort of bug.  After the picture we watched him go back to a nest and feed a couple of young ones.  Maybe you could call a late bloomer, but, he bloomed and that’s all that matters.

I’m not looking forward to summer leaving us once again, but I do look forward to the changing of the colors, the smells of autumn, and cool nights out by a fire.  So don’t forget to look everywhere for art and life.  The cicada shell is empty, but only because it has transformed and flown away.  The zinnia is dying, but leaving its seeds behind for beautiful flowers next spring.  The wren may be about to migrate, but takes with him a brood of young ones.  And the sun, though it may be setting in burnt orange colors, it will rise tomorrow.

So don’t forget to hit the like button, leave me a comment, and let me know what you think about the pictures and the changing of season.  Until next time, Enjoy Our Wonderful World!

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