There's another hue in fall's parade that titillates the senses, a subtle beauty that can go unnoticed in the brilliance of the leaf parade. It's the rich taupes and grays, the neutrals of drying seed pods, now bursting with feathery treasures that glisten in the sun. The drying leaves even curl like ribbons to celebrate the occasion. The pond at Ijams Nature Center was shaded in these late afternoon photos. Among the reeds I heard a busy visitor with a raspy chirp. I caught this photo of him in the shadows. ...identified in the end, as a Song sparrow, with a little coaxing from Bernie Krauss of Bern's Northwest Nature Moments Photoblog. Thanks Bernie.
Next post: the warblers
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.