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2016年10月30日 星期日

The Splendour of Autumn (秋之風采)

Autumn is come. I expected to find only dry leaves, brittle twigs, ground full of the crumpled remains what was once standing proudly in the air.



Sure enough I found some withered leaves


 and some on its way there



But I also found some sprouting leaves



and tendrils anxious to find some support


and even clumps of flowers


or a crown of red needles
 


and even tiny red flames


But these little strings of tiny flowers are not ready to call it a day

and this melon flower too finds the autumn air inspiring

The leaves too are ready to do all they can to protect them


These tiny flowers seem to be doing pretty well without any special support



The pigs ear is one of them.


So is this chrysanthemum


a little water would do little harm


The autumn sun remains as attractive


These had just their night of splendour


Autumn is seeding time too
 

And seeds need a little cover


Some flowers too feel it much safer to dangle close to the leaves


But these delicate orchids definitely prefer a little extra attention


Not too much direct sunlight


unlike the lotus flower, which can withstand sun, rain and wind


Orchids are delicate


It takes time to grow their pouches


They prefer not to have their liquid honey diluted



How they love shelter



Often they are small


Pelting rains are not welcome


Their leaves are too slender to give any protection



Some of them are a little tougher


But they are no match for these, who choose to win by numbers



They grow in clumps


stretching out in all directions

  
in deep purple


or in lighter hues.


It's a completely different matter for these pond flowers


which can bloom all year round



How freely they spread their petals



Some are their own suns



These weeds grow whenever there's still water in the pond



Whatever different plants prefer, Nature has plenty of tricks up its sleeves 



Nothing prepares me a visit by the butterflies



They literally flutter all around my head



making brief stops only to suck up a little honey


coming in all colors and sizes


That's why I love Nature. You never really know what you'll find when you go out to her.