Thursday, November 21, 2013

Autumn (???) in Charleston

I am experiencing Autumn for the first time in Charleston, South Carolina.  Fall has always been my favorite season.  I am a huge fan of red, yellow, orange and brown leaves.  To be surrounded by a cacophony of falling leaves  is one of my greatest pleasures.

Yet, here, most things remain green.  Maybe more leaves have yet to turn.  Time will tell.

Until then, I will focus on the details.  The autumnal details.

When yellow and gold leaves are difficult to find, flowers will do.

A stunning, fading rose against yellowing leaves.

Ginkgo leaves.  My favorite.

Fall-tinted buildings become much more significant this time of year.

These yellow-flowering shrubs are everywhere.  I have yet to learn their name.

Ripening fruit.  Coloring foliage.

I have yet to find a leaf this color here.

Staged.  Couldn't help myself.

Love that finial in the corner.

More floral beauty.  So many plants are still in bloom.

Would one of these be missed?

Gorgeous leaves and branches against those shutters.

Random beauty.

Unidentified berries.

Anyone know what this is?  I do know that as the fruits ripen, it will become more vile in appearance.

I'm looking forward to watching nature change over the rest of the year.  I am not looking to the freezing temperatures we will have over the weekend.  Just one night, but that will be enough to do plenty of damage.  I guess a flake or two of snow would be too much to ask.


Susan said...

Did you ever figure out what plant that was in your last shot? Nice pictures. Also we had a beautiful fall out here in the midwest. I know you hate it, but I am itching for some snow. Winter would not be winter without snow. Living in Nc in the sandhills we had such a short winter that I ached to see flakes and to feel the crisp winter air hit you when you walk outside. I enjoy it more now that I have more heat flashes!!!!! Have a great holiday season and stay positive Hogie!!!!

Susan said...

Looking back at the picture, I wonder if the wispy brown things surrounding the seeds would dry out well? They could be used in arrangements or mix media!

Professor Chaos said...

Gorgeous photos!