Every now and then I have a bunch of photos left on my hard drive which never got posted in their time. These were taken during my last couple of weeks living at my old home. The weather stayed warmer there and flowers lasted longer than they did up here. It was as if summer had lived on when everywhere else had turned to autumn.
So enjoy a reprieve of the season with these summer-like images before yet another snowfall arrives. There's a big one due today.
When forsythia are in bloom, we usually know that spring has finally arrived. This typically occurs in April or May. The unusual thing about this particular plant is that it was photographed in partial bloom on the 17th of October. Don't try telling the blossoms or ants that they're out of season. It doesn't appear that they would believe you anyway.
The spindle berry is one flower which is at its peak during the autumn season. This bud is green throughout the summer and slowly turns pink in early autumn. It eventually splits open to reveal the bright orange berry which fades very slowly throughout the winter. You can often see the orange seed wearing a snowy winter coat well into February. Right now, in this October 29th image, they're at their colourful prime.
One of my favourite wildflowers it chicory. Its brilliant blue petals contrast nicely with the autumn leaves behind it. This too, was near the end of October.
Pretty pink flowers which kept blooming late into October at a local butterfly garden.
Maple leaves shine brilliantly against the deepening blue sky.
Another sweet yellow October holdout.
And the sunflower - a little worse for wear but always lovely from every angle.
One of my favourite vine-growers - the morning glory. I think I'll have to plant some of these next year.
Even flowers which have lost their petals can be lovely in autumn.
The mighty oak is especially beautiful in October.
A decorative cabbage catches the sunlight and produces a brilliant magenta glow.
I don't know what it's called but it's fluffy and wispy and it caught my eye.
Backlit by the sun, these leaves almost seem to be able to catch its fire.
A tiny ladybug making her way along the boards of the pond's dock. This was one of the last walks I took at my old place.
My ex-neighbour (that still tugs at the heart) and still-good-friend Caroline's house. I already miss our morning walks and chats and our weekend drinks and laughs. I think you're overdue for another visit up here, Caroline!
That's it for now. More coming up soon.