Thanks to the County failing to mow this summer, the sunflowers were allowed to grow to maturity on both sides of the road. These last few weeks the ditches have been alive with doves and sparrows and insects and a lush profusion of all manner of plants that I observed through their entire season's life cycle. I found it particularly beautiful to see the rich colors and textures, and to notice the myriad lifeforms harbored in the deep vegetation.
While taking the pictures this morning in the wonderful fog, I was grateful the County had neither sprayed nor mowed. The sunflowers would be available to the birds all winter. I took almost one hundred pictures within a mile of my house - photos taken in the nick of time. Later in the day I heard machinery but thought it was the limestone miners (the Orcs) across the road. When I left for town late in the afternoon I discovered the County had finally made it through with the mowers. I felt just a little sick when I saw the destruction.
|Mordor, at the end of my driveway|
|North on Vera Road|
|There's always that last one...|
|Not a very well constructed web|
|A perfectly constructed web|
|Beautiful small plants that glowed red in the misty light|
|A large spider was in the center of each web|
|This web was in better shape than the others|
|I marveled over the sheer beauty of this grass, though I believe it is an undesirable|
|And hidden in the fog and foilage....|