We purchased a Dahlia imperialis more than three years ago, as an experiment. It blooms in mid to late November. In past years, we have used it as a barometer to know when we should receive our first frost of the year, since the plant has set buds as early as Halloween and we know the frosts come soon after that. They did not make it past the first frosts for the first couple of years.
This year by comparison, now in late November, we have not had any freezing temperatures as of yet, and our Dahlia is, for the first time since we bought it, in bloom!
This is an Autumn ritual for the Cedar Waxwings. They come in a large flock and fly from our Maple, Oak and Douglas Fir trees. Then one or two at a time, they fly to the Yew shrub and go straight to the berries. It is entertainment each year in late September and early October.
This was the morning of August 20th. I went out for a quick photo shoot on the beach, near the hotel we stayed at in Barrow, and within a half an hour or so, the weather went from fairly sunny to cloudy to blizzard.
On a trail, which is on the way to abandonment by the state park system, we walked through thick, gorgeous coastal spruce forests. Frogs were jumping out of our way as we followed the path over the peninsula, on the southwestern coast of Washington state. We ended the hike at the lighthouse, as we gazed out onto the Pacific Ocean. We were not disappointed, though.