Last Bouquet of the Year…….

Last night, the low here in southeastern Michigan plunged into the mid-20’s.  Knowing temps like that would kill off all my remaining flowers, I went out into the yard in the afternoon to save whatever was still blooming.  There was enough for a small but colorful arrangement.  I’ve had a vase full of fresh flowers from the garden in my house since the daffodils and grape hyacinths popped out of the ground in the spring.  I sure am going to miss being able to pick pretty flowers as we go through our long Michigan winter!  But I’ll look forward to the first flowers of spring, hepatica and bloodroot, that emerge in my woodland garden in April. Spring is my favorite season of the year and it can never come soon enough for me!!!

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red

Red comes in a close second behind yellow as one of my favorite shades of autumn.  I think of brilliant red maple leaves and bright red berries, such as the ones I’ve captured in the pictures below.  This trio was hanging out together on the maple tree in my backyard:

I shot these red berries in a light rain which just served to intensify their color:

While hiking a trail in Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I spotted this red leaf trapped in the Tahquamenon River.  Its’ vibrant color stood out from the browns and golds of the riverbank:

There’s lots more autumn red to be found at:

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Yellow

I stumbled across a fun photo challenge going on right now called “Shades of Autumn”.  Each week a different color is featured and this week’s color is yellow.  Yellow, sunshiny and happy, has always been at the top of my list of favorite colors.  As a teenager, I chose a yellow bedroom set to surround myself in mellow yellow.  Today, my gardens are filled with loads of bright yellow flowers.  Here are some of my favorite photos that feature this cheerful color:

A sunflower, of course!

Another sunflower, this one being visited by a bee!

A yellow and black bumblebee on pretty yellow and orange flowers.  Wonderful YELLOW!!!

The underside of a giant swallowtail’s wings is, guess what?!!!  Yellow!!!  Here’s one that recently emerged from its’ chrysalis hanging from pretty yellow zigzag goldenrod.

Here’s the same giant swallowtail drying its’ wings in preparation for its’ first flight!

Lastly, here’s a photo of beautiful Upper Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The falls have a wonderful golden hue which beautifully complements the golden yellow of the autumn leaves.

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