It has been a little rainy recently, and the human female has been busy, so we haven’t had the chance to go for a good walk very often. But today is bright and shiny and breezy and chilly, and there’s nothing that can keep the human female and me indoors! We’re exploring what Loki calls the “Neener Walk” today.
The flowers are almost all gone, and the fall color has faded or blown away. What’s left?
IT’S POOF SEASON!
A lot of the plants around here make fluff when they go to seed. I want to hug them all!
The goldenrod stalks are still pointy on top, they’re just not golden anymore.
Hug, hug, hug, hug!
The late-flowering thoroughwort is a little pricklier, but still a treat to nestle in.
Hee hee hee! It’s breezy enough that my bed is swaying! The asters are low to the ground and would be less likely to make someone seasick.
Oh, wait, this patch is even better!
Achoo! I sniffed up a little fluff there! Always a hazard of a walk this time of year.
Dandelions are mostly spring things, but you can find them in the fall and winter here too. Always time for making wishes!
It’s not just the daisy family things that have gone fuzzy, the grasses have been busy too! The silver bluestem won’t hold still for a photo, but it’s definitely puffy.
Little bluestem is a bit less floofy, but there is more of it. It used to be one of the main prairie grasses from south Texas all the way up into Canada, but there isn’t much prairie left.
The dry foliage is a nice, coppery color, don’t you think? The new shoots in spring will be blue-green.
I think the Grand Floof Prize goes to bushy bluestem! If you hug just one plant, it should be this one.
It’s so windy today. If I hang on tight, I bet I could get a ride! Back…
I’ve been helping the human female out with some things around the house this morning. We folded laundry (Flannel Cat helped), watered the plants (Taffy Cat wanted to help), shredded some junk mail*, and blew soap bubbles for the kitties to catch.
Now it’s time for a bite of lunch. I think it’s time to clean out the fridge–there’s a bit of this and a bit of that that need eating up.
Some fruit, some odds and ends of cheese, a few almonds, some Nut Thins. This is good! Something sweet, something salty, something crunchy, something savory.
And the last few grapes. Hmm. They’re still good, but they’re looking a little wrinkly… I know! I’ll just pretend they’re raisins that aren’t quite finished yet!
*It was hard to keep Loki from poking important papers into the shredder. Hee hee hee — I have to watch him every minute!
Loki has been very grumbly recently. Something about the human female and house cleaning. Luckily, the weather is gorgeous. I think I’ll go outside while he regains his equanimity. (I just learned that word. Isn’t it a good one?)
I hear a tiny, high-pitched squeaking. Sounds like….
It is, it is! Looklooklooklook!
The fall hummingbird migration has started and they just love the morning glories and the turk’s cap.
Oh wow! There are several of them! And so busy! I have an idea! I’ll be right back!
The human female and I are back outside. She put on a bright red hat (that says, “Redstone, Colorado” hee hee hee!) and I have put on my brightest red outfit. We’re going to see if we can get some videos of the hummingbirds doing zoomies. If she holds me up, I can get a good view!
Loki thinks that sidewalk-chalking is sappy (though he was very sweet to me about that last one we saw.) I think it’s adorable, and I want to do some of my own!
But I don’t want to step on the toes of the wonderful people leaving all the inspirational quotes. What should I do? Hmmm. I will need to think about this.
I know! I can help support all the walkers and homeschoolers (and homeschooling walkers, hee hee!) by being educational.
Lots of folks are plant-blind. Maybe I can work against that a little bit—encourage people to literally stop and smell the flowers. I read about someone in France leaving labels on urban wildflowers. I bet that would work here! I don’t know all of them, but I can do the ones I know!
These are bright and cheerful! They’re sure to get someone’s attention.
False dandelions are not quite the same color as the true ones. (The eensiest bit less gold and a smidge more lemon.)
Ooh! Ooh! Look! See this little fluffyyellow one?
It’s Neptunia pubescens, and the showy bits are the stamens.
Another little yellow one.
Hee hee hee! I guess I just like yellow!
But here’s one that’s different!
Don’t you just love that electric blue color?
It’s a little bit sad to think that the labels will wear off pretty quickly, and the flowers will fade, too.
But here’s something I can label that will be around for a long time!
Chalk wears down really quickly on concrete! I might need some of that fat, colorful, specially-for-side-walks chalk…
Almost out of chalk for today. I’ve just enough left to leave a message on the walkway that goes by the big storm-water collection area.