Sunday, November 1, 2009

October week 4

It's been a bit of a wet, overcast week. Many days when I've wanted to be out photographing the fall color, it's been too dreary to take pictures. But I did get pics of some things. And my new lens is working great!

At the Williamsburg farmer's market:
hairy balls (Asclepias physocarpus),
dried okra,
pansies,
and sweet red peppers.
In Colonial Williamsburg:
Beautiful color on a bald cypress,
huge cabbages,
and a gorgeous sugar maple next to the courthouse.
And no, this isn't poison ivy, it's a more welcome relative, fragrant sumac.Around town I found:
a Japanese maple in full fall color,
and two Chinese pistache showing different colors.
Sasanqua camelias have been blooming for a couple weeks,
and fall crocuses have been popping up in yards here and there.
Over by the Williamsburg library, a female osage orange has been dropping its fruits. Be sure to pick up a few for your Christmas decorations.
You can see the rest of my October week 4 photos here.

6 comments:

Janet said...

Great photos Phillip. I also like how you have changed your sidebar a little. Wish your natives slideshow had subtitles to ID the plants!
We have a Chinese Pistache tree in the Learning Garden that is yellow in the fall, but ours hasn't changed yet.

how it grows said...

Thanks Janet. I don't know how to get subtitles on the pictures, but if you click them it should take you to the flickr site where you can see the title. I was down at Sandy Bottom today and it's surprising how far behind us the trees are down there.

gcvhorticulture said...

Lovely photos of Williamsburg's Farmer's Market and fall views around town. Curious... what is your new lens?

how it grows said...

Thanks! My new lens is a Canon EF 50 mm.

Les said...

I put an official request with my co-worker who buys the annuals and perennnials for that Asclepias. I think the freak factor alone would sell it. Norfolk has been using the Pistache as a street tree in some places around town, and they have been so colorful this year.

Thanks again for you help with the Polygonum.

how it grows said...

Les, it's certainly an interesting plant. I'd never seen it before. And thanks for the correction...the genus should be Asclepias.