First, a few more photos of the cacti . . .
I like most of the shots taken with my Samsung Note II phone, but it bears remembering it’s an inferior tool to one specifically designed for the task. The above and all the shots in this post (and a few more in the SmugMug gallery HERE), were taken with Nikon’s excellent 105mm f/2.8 macro mounted on a D7000 camera on a tripod.
OK, on with the B&A . . .
Last week, during a beautiful fall day, I walked out to get the mail, and noticed something crawling on the drive.
It was slow-moving because, while beautiful, the day was cold.
I started looking around the rest of the drive, and was pleased to see another bug . . . until I saw it up close.
I guess it’s “after” for all of us, although hopefully a bit more dignified and less traumatic; best enjoy the time we have.
A bit of a downer, but . . .
This little plant was in a pot with two others, part of an arrangement. It was, as you can see, stunted, as it was overshadowed by the others.
In early October I started cleaning out the various flower pots, cutting down some of the perennials, and doing general prep for the winter. I leave potted plants be until they are killed by frost. Midway through October, we’d had a couple of deep freezes (25 deg. F), a few snows, and many frosty mornings.
By last week, the only spot of color in the front yard was this lone plant in the only remaining pot. I looked at it . . . sometimes we must recognize the struggle, and reward it.
The little plant is now in a comfortably warm home (with new flowers along with the old ones). It’s an annual plant, so I don’t know how long it will live. I’ve had plants live through the winter before, but we had stopped saving plants by bringing them indoor for the winter because often gnats come along with them.
This one earned it. However long it wants to hang on, it’s fine with me.
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