My what you ask?
PerNoReMo is my 2013 version of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. PerNoReMo is my Personal Novel Rebuilding Month. I’ve set some modest goals for the rebuild of my sci-fi WIP, Death Out of Time.
From November 1st through the 4th, I’ve repurposed and added a combination of 5,023 words, well over my daily targets. And that feels good. But it also means I won’t spend too much time on blog posts. So today, I thought I’d share a few more autumn photos from last week. Colors were really beginning to peak. The season didn’t start out too well for color, but things have really picked up over the last week. So, without further ado, here are a few shots from my neighborhood walks.
Spring flowers have given way to fall fruits, inedible though they may be, as on these ornamental pears.
Although, some are more colorful than others. (I’m not sure what kind of tree this is.)
This was one of the days when if you wait five minutes, the weather changes. Although it was sunny overhead, just a few miles north were some dark gray clouds hanging over Sugarloaf Mountain (all 1,283 feet/391 meters of it). The green field you see in the foreground is often used as a cricket pitch, not a common game in the US, but it hints at the great ethnic diversity of my neighborhood.
This part of Maryland is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, which take their name from the hazy blue color often seen on them. The Blue Ridge are part of the larger Appalachian Mountain range, which formed about 480 million years ago. Because we’re in the foothills, you don’t have to dig very far to reach bedrock around here.
The maples were really putting on a show. I’m not a great photographer by any stretch, but I’d bet even the professionals would have a hard time getting these colors anywhere close to the “real thing.” These seemed to be glowing from within and were just stunning.
But other maples seemed unsure whether they were ready to “bare all” this season. This one has maybe just dipped a toe in the water, so to speak.
Reds had been the dominant color up until last week, but the oranges and yellows are catching up, as on this maple.
The range of colors makes this time of year one of my favorites. I wish the camera would have caught what my eye really saw here.
Of course, not all trees have great displays. Sweetgums turn a dull yellow and brown. But their bark often peels in interesting patterns of its own.
The little fellow below is a woolly worm caterpillar. Supposedly, the size of their brown stripe is a clue to what kind of winter we’ll have. Does anyone know what this guy is predicting?
There’s still plenty to eat, so this chubby guy (or gal) can put on a few more pounds before heading into hibernation. And this one will be able to sleep through Groundhog Day in February without anyone asking how much longer winter will last.
And when you have a lot of parkland in suburbia and no hunting, these little guys have a good chance at growing up to have a comfortable long life—as long as they stay out of the roads.
So there you have my latest fall update. I hope you enjoyed the walk and seeing a bit of Maryland that’s not too far from DC. How’s November looking where you live?