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A Very Colorful Fall Walk, Part II: Sigyn’s Other Favorite Color

By now, I assume everyone in Midgard knows that Sigyn’s favorite color is red.  It’s bright and cheerful, just like she is.  Thus, her love of holly berries and sumac is easily explained.

She also has a soft spot yard deep and a mile long for anything yellow.  Good thing for her that there’s a lot of it round about these days.

The winged elms are usually the first thing to turn around here.  Their color has been variously described as number two pencil, Kodak film box, schoolbus, or macaroni and cheese…

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They stand out among the green as if they were lit up from within.

The goldenrod is decidedly more lemony in hue.

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They’re usually tall and wand-y, very hard to climb, so this bent-over one is a treat to sit in.  Sigyn thinks the flowers look like little stars.  And she’s not wrong!

Usually, the greenbriar is tangled up in the trees like so much botanical barbed wire.  You don’t see it until it has hold of you, and then—ouch!

Today, though, it’s announcing its presence in an unmistakable way.

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And now Sigyn’s REALLY happy, because she’s found a couple of greenbriar leaves with both of her favorite colors!

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Of course you can bring them home with us!   You bring the pretty leaves to admire, and I’ll bring the prickly stem to…hide in the human female’s sofa.

This is what I call a successful walk!

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A November Walk, Part I: The Last of the Flowers

After a succession of dreary-ish days, there is actually some sun and pleasant weather, so when the human female suggested we all go for a walk, my acquiescence was less grudging than usual.  Also, I know she has plans to call up her sister while she is walking.  When she does this, she often pauses on the little bridge in the neighborhood, leaving Sigyn and me free to wander off and explore a bit. Anything to get away from the guffawing and cackling into which such a sororal confabulation usually devolves.

Sigyn was first to spot something in flower.  What is this morning-glory doing open in the afternoon?

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I guess the whole Daylight Savings Time thing has everyone confused.

The goldenrod has nearly finished flowering for the year.  Its tall, wand-like stems are fairly easy to climb.  Today is rather a breezy day, so examining this swaying plant is as much of a ride as a botany lesson.  Sigyn, are you holding on tightly?  Please use both hands!

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Oooh, look!   Berries!  Don’t they look plump and delicious?

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Wait, though!  This is peppervine, and the fruit are NOT edible.

Still, the human female is always moaning about how expensive fresh blueberries are.  I think that in baked goods or pancakes, these would nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.  I shall hop down from here and teleport home to get a basket so we can pick some for her.

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Just remember, sweetie, not to sample the next batch of her muffins…

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