"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Monday, October 15, 2012

The autumn days have grown cooler and more pleasant

and the woods are slowly changing their color. There are still many hues of green amongst the crooked mesquite trees...........

and various wilflowers still bloom in abundance and what seems to be perfect bouquets ...............

the cactus are starting to show their red thorny pods.............

 
This shrub has clusters of small leaves, that turn from green to the yellow and brown.

Some of the bushes are full of red berries.

 
The yucca pods are brown  and full of seeds........
the throny cactus looks almost as if it has a spiked hairdo..........
don't you think?
 

the floor of the woods is filled with clumps of this beautiful flowering brush.

In shady spots, wild mushrooms break free from the ground. ...................
No happy toad or little elf underneath..............
I checked!

Even way out here...........where there are no neighbors.............we still have a neighborhood watch going on.

And along with the plant life........the wild life is forever making it's rounds................

Sophie and Salem found a most unusual visitor..........they can't seem to figure it out...........

No matter how hard Salem tried to get it to come out and to introduce itself, it remained tucked inside of it's shell.
How about you?
Are you seeing the fall colors of yellow, red, and gold?
Do you still have blossoms and blooms?
I would love to hear!

25 comments:

Michaele said...

I love how your blog always says Texas. Too funny about the turtle. My cats would have loved playing with it also.

Kelly said...

So different from our Maine. We are finally at the trailing end of Autumn. No rattle snakes or tortoise here. Just leaves blowing in the wind. Thanks for the pics of the cactus. The snake you can keep right there. LOL.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos . Had a giggle at your cat and dog with the turtle . Yes we are in full fall bloom here , some of the trees are even bald as we have had very high winds the past few days ! Our valley forest looks wonderful . Have a good day !

The Farmer's Daughter said...

What a fun post! So funny with the turtle--but you can keep the snake! We still have a lot of green, and I noticed my roses are trying to bloom again!

Debra said...

I always love to visit you!
Your furry ones with the turtle made me giggle-and I loved the photo of the cow with all that giant cactus. I can't help but think you are brave to even walk around-I'd be so afraid of a snake surprising me!
We have a beautiful fall going on here-lots of colors, and cool weather too. Still lots of leaves on the trees here..Thank you for showing your part of the world!

Terry and Linda said...

The turtle/tortoise and the dog and cat are a hoot! The snake...well necessary, but not right next to me.

Linda
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http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Sherri Farley said...

What a beautiful part of the country you live in. Love the photos of the critters!

Patty H. said...

It is starting to get beautiful here in the mountains of NC. The leaves are turning-red,yellow, golden. The bears are still roaming around looking for food.

lil red hen said...

I do love seeing pictures of your area of Texas, so different from our state. The elms are beginning to turn yellow and the goldenrod is blooming along the roadsides. I keep a close watch as I walk; copperhead snakes could be hunting for a winter home.

Lisa Cook said...

Your garden environment is so different from my WI one! So fun to see the cacti which only live in greenhouses up here. Thanks for sharing.

Sunny said...

Nice photos as always, Kathleen! I love the plants of the dry country/desert. Such diversity... The cat/turtle photo gave me a chuckle :)

Ladybug said...

Just stopped by to say Hi been a
while, Been busy with the Garden
and designing projects for the
two consign shops we are in..
Enjoy coming by... In deed it say
Texas "Welcome"

Yes you can keep the snake, I have encounter with a Diamond Back a few weeks ago.. Yuk...

Blessings
Ladybug :-)

Daisy said...

I love seeing the wildflowers and vegetation you have growing there, Kathleen. It always looks so different from what we have here. The snake I can do without though!! Haha! :-)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

No colors here yet, Kathleen, unless you count green and more green. We took a week-long road trip to the VA Blue Ridge last week and it was the same there with only some spots of yellow and red leaves.Did the turtle get relocated?

Muddling Through said...

Thanks for that walk around your beautiful property, Kathleen! I love seeing all the flora and fauna you've got going on there. We are starting to see and feel a bit of Autumn here. Not much, but a little.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Sophie and Salem sure are cute animals. I love that photo of them. The wildflowers are so beautiful. You live in a pretty place. Thanks for giving us a tour of your lovely place.

Magnolia Tea said...

What a nice visit to your farm! I love how virtual tours feel so much like a personal tour. Thank you for sharing your lovely place with us.

Marie said...

Neat post...things look lovely!

KathyB. said...

The desert beauties and life is so well portrayed by you with such love for your area of the country, your home.It is fun to watch animals interact with each other, especially Salem and Sophie!

Chenille Cottage said...

What a beautiful header and how I love the scripture!
I am happy to have discovered your lovely blog
Blessings,
Carolynn

Mini said...

You speak so much about the mesquite trees...finally seeing it in full. Love reading about the trees and critters, it is so different from where I live!

Connie said...

You have created a very interesting and colorful blog. I have been enjoying going through some of your recent posts. I found you through mutual followers and I do hope you decide to follow me back. I love the fact that you are starting a small farm after years in the suburbs. Your newest blogging sister, Connie :)

Diana said...

Kathleen,our leaves are just turning,very slowly.IT seems a few at a time. Enjoyed your kitty's turtle. so sweet. sending you a hug. love,Diana

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

I love your pictures !


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Paula said...

*haha* Poor Sophie and Salem~ they both look very perplexed!
Your corner of the world is so amazing, Kathleen.
Our leaves are at peak color right now~ we've had a beautiful fall this year.