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Garden Photography: The Fall Season in My Houston Backyard

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Fallen leaf floating in the birdbath with water droplets

Fallen leaf floating in the birdbath with water droplets

Autumn Season

Every season of the year has a particular type of beauty, and each season is beautiful in its distinct way. As I gaze out of our windows into our backyard garden each day, there are always little surprises that capture my awareness.

Sometimes they are the usual but still attention-grabbing moments like the ever-changing chorus of birds drinking and splashing about in the birdbath. Robins, blue-jays, sparrows, doves, cardinals, and others share the space, sometimes in community fashion, and at other times solitary with a lineup of other avian creatures sitting in the branches of the trees awaiting their turn. It looks similar to airplanes lined up on a runway awaiting flight instructions.

It is fun to see the occasional woodpecker grabbing onto the side of the birdbath (not on the rim of the top as other birds do) just as he does on the trunk of trees when he is listening for an insect to capture and ingest. He leans over the top of the birdbath and dips his beak in the water to refresh his thirst. To date, I have never seen him enter the birdbath and splash about as other birds do. Perhaps I have merely missed that performance?

Squirrels are racing and chasing each other, going round and round the massive oak tree trunks, seemingly playing tag with one another and leaping from branch to branch. They remind me of talented high-wire circus acrobats and are always fun to watch and bring a smile to my face.

With my ever-ready digital camera, it is fun to capture moments in time with some garden photography in my Houston backyard.

Falling Leaves

As I passed the birdbath a few days ago on my way to the compost pile to add some eggshells, strawberry tops, and coffee grounds, I noticed a leaf floating upside down in the water of the birdbath.

The time for falling leaves has not yet started in earnest, but a few of them are leading the soon-to-be barrage of tree vestments floating on the air currents towards the ground.

Soon, the deciduous redbud tree that hovers as an umbrella over our birdbath will bare its branches to the winter sun. It will majestically stand there until spring which will adorn it with masses of tiny redbud blossoms before leaves once again unfurl and provide shade to all who wander under its heart-shaped leaves.

What caught my eye was the small and large water droplets on top of that redbud leaf, catching beams of light. I hastily returned to the house to grab my camera and took photos of that free-floating leaf, bearing those prismatic adornments. Beauty comes in all sizes and shapes, and sometimes the smallest of discoveries can bring pleasure to an appreciative eye.

Gigantic Moth

Wandering through the kitchen and every day eating area of our house, I gazed out the windows into our backyard one day, and against the black screens of a garage window, there was something large and unusual. A gigantic moth had alighted and seemed to be resting there.

I have never seen such a giant moth similar to that in our backyard. I have only seen ones like that mounted with other similar exhibits in museums.

I hastily grabbed my camera, hoping that Mr. Moth would remain in place, and he obliged. I was able to take many photos of this pretty specimen. He had a wingspan of at least five inches or more. He lingered there for at least an hour before taking to the air and going to parts unknown. Thanks, Mr. Moth, for visiting my backyard for that moment in time!

Roses

"A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." This quote comes from Gertrude Stein.

My maternal grandfather loved roses and always had quite a few different types in his yards and gardens. As a child, I vividly remember the spectacular climbing roses on two trellises on the side of their house when they lived next door to my parents in Wisconsin.

Even after moving to Texas, he carefully tended his roses each day with a watchful eye. He babied his rose plants much like an over-protective parent watching over his child. There were always cut roses in the house, and when my grandmother died, he kept fresh cut roses in the vase at her mausoleum crypt as long as he lived.

I now have roses in my garden, and each time I trim them, fertilize them or add cut stems of blooming roses to a vase in our home, memories of my grandfather flood my mind. Sometimes the smallest of things make for happy memories. I will always associate the love of gardening with my grandfather, who not only grew his vegetables but tended his flowers and, in particular, his roses with loving care.

Mushrooms

Those of you who regularly follow my writings know that I love photographing the mushrooms and fungi that spring up seemingly overnight in various shapes, sizes, and coloration and then the same day or in a day or two later disappear back into the ground. The one photographed here came up amidst some of my rocks which I have purposely scattered about in my garden, many of them souvenirs of places that I have visited.

This mushroom is one of the garden delights of walking about in one's backyard and noticing the things that may be here today but gone tomorrow. Looking at this mushroom, an analogy about life, in general, can be drawn. Enjoy each day as it comes your way because none of us knows what tomorrow will bring.

Mushroom appearing in our backyard garden

Mushroom appearing in our backyard garden

Butterflies

The many flowering plants that I have in our garden tend to draw numerous butterflies and hummingbirds. I have yet to capture those fast-flying hummingbirds with my camera as we do not have a feeder but rather numerous plants from which they can gather their nectar. When they leave a particular flower, it is like a powerfully engined hovercraft taking off, zooming this way and that sometimes over the roof of our home to find another flower to their liking on the other side of our residence.

The butterflies, on the other hand, are easier to capture with my camera. Here is a photo of a beautiful yellow and black one resting on one of my lantana bushes.

A quote that I like from Nathaniel Hawthorne:

"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

Enjoy the small moments and things like fleeting butterflies that pass before us. It costs nothing but our attention to notice. Mother Nature grants each of us seasons of the year in which to live out our lives and absorb some of her bountiful magnificence and beauty into our very souls.

Anole Lizards

These cute little lizards can be seen everywhere in our yard and garden and seem to be quite territorial. They are curious and twitch their head this way and that and have posed nicely for me on several picture-taking occasions.

It is fun watching them blow up their balloon-like colorful sack located on the underside of their neck when trying to attract a female anole's attention. Or perhaps this is just another territorial show of strength? Consuming countless insects, they are a welcomed "pet" species in our garden.

Tropical Plants

A tropical look to our backyard includes ginger plants, ferns, and banana plants in a portion of our garden. The photo below shows the underside of these sizable green banana leaves that gently sway in the Houston, Texas breezes. Dappled sunlight from above shows the veins of the leaves and blue sky above.

Some towering live oak trees shelter the bananas offering them some protection from the winter frosts and freezes. If the winter is severe like our last several where we have seen snow (most unusual in this part of the country!), these hardy banana plants come back quickly when cut back to about a foot from the ground. Some people wrap the stalks in the winter, but I have never bothered doing that since they regrow so quickly.

Sometimes the banana leaves become quite tattered and shredded looking, but they still are pretty even in that stage. The new leaves are bright green. They unfurl from the protected area inside of the older leaves near the stalk of the plant.

Like new life everywhere, it is fragile at first, becoming hardened with age and time. It is a natural evolution of things relating to almost every living creature. Seasons of life offer change, and we should embrace those changes gratefully and gracefully.

The fall season is now upon us. It is one of my favorite times of the year. Hopefully, you enjoyed some garden photography that I did, using our Houston backyard as subject matter.

The underside of banana tree leaves as I look up towards the sky.

The underside of banana tree leaves as I look up towards the sky.

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

— Stanley Horowitz

Sources:

U.S. News: Best Times to Visit Houston

Weather and Climate Yearly Averages: Houston, Texas

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2021:

Hi Devika,

I do enjoy gardening, and in fact, will be doing more of it today. Thanks for your lovely comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 06, 2021:

Peggy W It is of great interest to you and so much put into this garden to make it beautiful and creative. Your photos are stunning! I like such gardens and adding to it makes it even lovelier.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi Eric,

The red bird in our birdbath is the male cardinal. We have a pair that calls our area home. The female is not as brightly colored.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi MG,

That is great if reading this has inspired you to start taking some photos. Enjoy!

Eric Caunca from Philippines on April 03, 2021:

I like the rose, the lizard and the red bird. What species is the red bird?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Thanks for the compliment on the article, my photos, and the Happy Easter wishes. Sending blessings and smiles your way today!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 03, 2021:

You know Peggy, you inspired me to take some photos also. Let's see.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi MG,

Thanks for appreciating my photos. I love to take pictures. It started when I was about 10 years of age and was given a Brownie camera as a Christmas gift that year. I have been snapping photos ever since.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 03, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

Your backyard is beautiful. I like the article and the pictures in it are all very lovely. Thanks for sharing this beautiful article

A very Happy Easter to you and your family

Blessings and Smiles

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi Ravi,

I am so happy to know that you enjoyed my photos in this article. I am a bit of a camera buff and love taking pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Happy Easter weekend to you too! While some things last longer than others, often the daily sightings are fleeting. That mushroom picture is one example. The takeaway, as you wrote, is that we should do our best to enjoy each day as it comes. Thanks for your visit and comment.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 03, 2021:

I am not a photo buff, but there are some lovely photos you have added to your hub.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 03, 2021:

beautiful pictures Peggy. They really your article alive. Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Peggy,

I enjoyed this one.

It seems like you have a wonderful back yard.

The bird bath with the woodpecker...what a sight to see.

I really liked the photo of the red bird, but I can do without spider webs.

The pictures were all great & I love your flower garden.

I really like this part you write after seeing the mushroom.

Enjoy each day as it comes your way because none of us knows what tomorrow will bring.

Great article all the way around.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

We are kindred spirits how we like our gardens and all the things that live in them. You certainly do enjoy your flowers! Thanks for noticing this older article and leaving a comment on it. I have been reworking some of them.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 02, 2021:

Absolutely delightful article, Peggy. I enjoyed reading it, and your flower pictures are beautiful. This appears like an old article, but I am glad it appeared on my feed, and I could comment. I can see many hubber friends in your comments section, who are no longer active on HubPages. That makes me sad.

My mornings start with my garden, and I love saying hello to my plants, flowers, the visiting birds, garden lizards, the butterflies and other occasional visitors.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2021:

Hi Amy,

My husband and I enjoy looking at the birds, the little anole lizards, and other things in our backyard. It is ever-changing from one season to the next. Thanks for your comment.

Amy on April 02, 2021:

Nature certainly appears alive and well in your backyard. You obviously enjoy it immensely

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 10, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

We have plenty of the little anole lizards as well as the Mediterranean geckos that call our place home. The anoles are out and about all times of the day while the geckos only commonly appear at night.

Yes........we are both looking forward to cooler temperatures! Going to head out now before it heats up more to plant some flowers and shrubs. The latter were discounted by 70% this time of year so am doing some rearranging in the yard. Have to complete all work in the AM these days. Just too hot with triple digits in the afternoons.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 09, 2015:

Came by to look at your excellent photos again. What a cute lizard! If he's still living there I'll bet he's burning his feet on the soil. 106 degrees today and probably hotter down where you are. Sharing this with followers.

I'm looking forward to winter. Hope you're staying cool.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2015:

Hi Keisha,

Not a single day goes by that I do not marvel at something in our yard and garden. There is so much life and it is ever changing from day to day. Happy to hear that this might have raised the awareness of the beauty in your own garden.

Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on May 09, 2015:

This is beautiful. I am just now realizing just how beautiful the scenery in my garden can be.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Thanks for the pin to your butterfly board. My hubby and I do enjoy our backyard especially when the weather is a bit cooler.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 02, 2014:

Came back to pin this excellent article on my 'Butterflies' board and will share it with my followers. You have an interesting and beautiful backyard!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2013:

Hi jainismus,

So glad that you enjoyed these photos. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

The Fall Season in Houston is only eclipsed by that of Spring when the azaleas have this city ablaze with color.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2013:

Hi Mary,

What a sweet thing to say. I don't have an expensive camera but love taking photos as you have probably surmised by now. Thanks for the share. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

So glad you liked this. Thanks for the Pin and share. :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 17, 2013:

Wow, your photos are beyond awesome. I have been to Houston once, but did not get to experience it on this level. Thanks !

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on October 17, 2013:

You have shared great photos, thank you.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 17, 2013:

I think you missed your calling: You could be a professional photographer! It takes time and patience to capture these little creatures with a camera, but you did it.

You know how I love roses, and yours are just beautiful.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 17, 2013:

Always love looking at your beautiful photos! I learned from you that lantana is a flowering plant -- we have an upscale subdivision in our school district by that name. I, too, love to watch the squirrels and their antics!

Voted up, BAI, pinned to my 'Green' board, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2011:

Hi marcoujor,

Such praise! So happy to hear that you enjoyed my backyard garden photography. Thank you!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 05, 2011:

Dear Peggy,

These pictures are the reason fall is my absolute favorite season. You truly have a photographic eye that captured this time of year perfectly!

I cannot imagine the detail that went into creating this piece, so polished, professional and gorgeous. The close-up shots are especially lovely- You have an amazing backyard!

Voted UP & ABI, mar.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2011:

Hello Eiddwen,

So nice to know that you liked some of my garden photography. Each day when I walk out there or gaze from our windows into our backyard, there are always little surprises. Thanks for your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 05, 2011:

I think Peggy that this one is one of my favourites!!!!

I have a great collection now but keep them coming.

Here's to many more to share and I wish you a great weekend.

Eiddwen.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hi htodd,

Glad that you liked this hub about garden photography in our backyard garden in the fall of the year. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

So glad that you enjoyed this personal garden photography hub taken in our Fall garden backyard. Every day it is something new to view and enjoy although it is certainly not that large. Thanks for your comment and votes! I too love that "Autumm Leaves" song sung by Nat King Cole.

htodd from United States on November 03, 2011:

Great post...Thanks

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 03, 2011:

That's what I called garden photography. I really enjoy and entertained with your backyard photography. Flowers and butterfly are good combination in garden. They created a symbiotic mutualism. You closed this hub with the greatest songs, "autumn leaves" by Nat King Cole. This is an old songs but it's good to be heard again and again. Great job, Peggy. Rated up up up!

Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hello annmackiemiller,

Thank you so very much for the accolades! It was fun capturing some of the Fall season in my Houston backyard with just a little different twist regarding photography. Appreciate your comment!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hello rosariosblog,

So happy that you visited this garden photography hub of things pictured in my backyard. Thanks for your comment.

annmackiemiller from Bingley Yorkshire England on November 03, 2011:

your photos are stunning - thanks for sharing them, voted up and stuff and i'm going back to the top to facebook like it, tweet is and +1 it.

rosariosblog from Adelaide, Australia on November 03, 2011:

Great hub. Love the photos & your wordings

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi AliciaC,

Thanks for the compliment on the quality of the photos. My handy dandy Panasonic digital camera has a good Leica lens. Have a lot of fun with it! Like you I also love nature photos. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi SusieQ42,

So glad that you enjoyed seeing these photos of some of my roses and that butterfly. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi Happyboomernurse,

Sometimes it is the small things that bring great pleasure when one wanders around in a backyard garden or thinks about taking some photos to capture those moments. So glad that you enjoyed my garden photography of the plants, insects and lizards that are frequent visitors. Appreciate your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hello moonlake,

We typically have a very mild climate here in Houston and have year round flowers of different types. Our camellia bushes have some large buds forming now. They typically bloom in the winter. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 02, 2011:

Beautifully sharp and colorful photos, Peggy, with great composition. Nature photographs are my favorite kind. Thanks for an enjoyable and beautiful hub.

SusieQ42 on November 02, 2011:

Lovely hub and gorgeous photos. I love roses and butterflies. They are my 2 favorites and will always be. Thanks for sharing a great story.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi Movie Master,

So glad that you enjoyed this peek into our backyard Fall garden area. Thanks for your comment.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on November 02, 2011:

It's so awesome that you found all these lovely subjects in your own back yard. Reminds us to take another look at our surroundings for nature always has delights to share with us and you do too, Peggy. I so love your hubs which are always beautifully illustrated but this one takes us where most of us fail to go which is in for a close-up personal look of the plants and small creatures that surround us.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

moonlake from America on November 02, 2011:

Beautiful pictures wish my yard still looked that good.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hello Dorsi,

From one fellow gardener to another, thanks for commenting on this hub about things found in our Fall garden. Gardening is such a joy! Thanks for your comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on November 02, 2011:

Hello Peggy, that's some backyard you have!

Fabulous photos, thank you for sharing.

Best wishes MM

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 02, 2011:

Peggy: Beautiful and well crafted hub. I love the photography and the analogies you created. As a fellow gardener, I can truly appreciate what you do. Kudos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi Frankie,

Nope! The camera is not around my neck but often in my hands to capture those special moments in time. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on this garden photography hub. Appreciate it! :))

Frankie on November 02, 2011:

You managed to capture our world in your back yard with a camera I bet is around your neck. Thanks for sharing

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hello ugagirl66,

It is nice to know that we have similar interests in loving nature. Will look forward to seeing some of your garden photography. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi Judi,

This comparison probably jumped off the page for you since you used to work for Eastern airlines. It is always fun watching the birds in our backyard garden taking turns in the birdbath and of course the almost constant activity in the birdhouse. Glad you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

Regina Harrison-Barton from South Carolina on November 02, 2011:

Love the vibrant colors. You should check out my hubs. I have some flower gardens as well. I absolutely love the nature. Beautiful work!

Thumbs up!

Judi O from Texas on November 02, 2011:

What a wonderful story. Your comparisons (lined up waiting their turns like planes on a runway) make everything so much more imaginative and visual. I always enjoy looking out your kitchen window at your beautiful yard.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hello vasantha T k,

You are most welcome. Glad you liked my garden photography and thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi Denise,

My garden is an ever evolving place and changes over time. Glad that you liked these photos of some of the things seen in our backyard this Fall season. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hi ripplemaker,

Can't wait to see your photos of the leaves. With your photography skills, am certain that they are stunning. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2011:

Hello loveroflife,

Nice to hear that you enjoyed this garden photography from the perspective of things found in our backyard. Will have to give the winter idea some thought. Thanks!

vasantha T k on November 02, 2011:

thanks for sharing your pics of your backyard.Nice hub

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 01, 2011:

Gorgeous photos-so interesting and intriguing. I want one! (a garden and a great camera to take photos, LOL)

Thanks for sharing. It will be a difficult situation for the judges I think ! Voted up.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on November 01, 2011:

Hi Peggy, such wonderful stuff found in your backyard. I already have a collection of photos on all the leaves we have. :) Thanks for sharing such fantastic photos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

I know that you appreciate the smallest of things as I do in the garden. Thanks for commenting on this garden photography hub of mine. Lets hope we get some much needed rain on our Fall gardens! We still badly need it! Appreciate your comment. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hi Gene,

Such a compliment from you as you are a great photographer in my opinion. Thanks for commenting on the photos I took in our backyard during this Fall season. Really appreciate it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hi Lindsay Godfrey,

So very happy that you enjoyed these photos taken in our backyard. I have a simple digital camera. Panasonic DMC-FS15 that we purchased at Costco. It does all kinds of things but generally I leave it set on the "intelligent" setting. It has 12 mega pixels and a LEICA lens which apparently is an excellent one. Thanks for your inquiry and comment.

loveroflife on November 01, 2011:

Damn fine hub. Excellent writing and marvelous photos. Fall is my favorite season of the year and you have captured it in a beautiful manner from the Southern perspective. Looking forward to seeing your backyard in a Texas winter.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 01, 2011:

Peggy,

Your garden is absolutely beautiful. It is like looking through a Southern Living or Better Homes and Gardens magazine. You are a very talented and informative artist. I love your photos and videos. I agree with you, that the smallest of things make for happy memories. Great hub.

Gene Jasper on November 01, 2011:

Peggy, great photos! You're quite an accomplished photographer. Enjoyed your hub very much.

Gene

Lindsay Godfree from Arizona on November 01, 2011:

Great hub Peggy! I don't get to sign in much but I too love fall photography and was totally amazed at what you were able to do with a simple subject like your backyard garden! Would you share what kind of camera and lens you used in your photos?

Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hi again Charles,

Once again...you are too kind. Being from the same baby boomer generation, I am still learning things on the Internet and am not very tech saavy compared to younger people of whom there are more and more as I grow older each day. Ha!

charles criner on November 01, 2011:

Peggy, allow me to comment a little further.

You see, Most of the young people might be able to find the information that you provide pretty easily, they are very familiar with the web system, computers, facebook, and all of the other stuff. They know all of the what's, and how's. However, we of the vanishing baby boomers are struggeling just to stay in the game to look on. The information that you provide for us in your blogs could not and would not ever be found and gathered in a way that it would be understandable to most of us.

So in summery, you might be just developing information that people might view and read in a recreational way, but to many of us it is providing fantastic door-ways into unreachable information.....Take care, Charles.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hello Loquacious Laura,

23 degree weather certainly changes the look of outdoor plants. I well remember those days! Glad that these photos taken in our backyard "warmed" your heart. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hi Charles,

What a nice thing to say! I love reading and learning new things and guess I have the "gift of gab" at least in typing form. Haha!

Loquacious Laura on November 01, 2011:

Thanks for the lovely closeups of your yard. Since ours has been frosted with 23 degree weather, we don't have much around anymore and seeing your photos warmed my heart.

Charles Criner on November 01, 2011:

Hello Peggy. very interesting. I would like to know just where you get all of the wonderful information that you use to make such interesting pieces. Reading what you write and the way that you approch it, is like take an elective college course.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

You have that correct in that I truly love nature. Thanks for taking a peek at my garden photography in our backyard. Always fun catching something new with my camera. Appreciate your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2011:

Hi Ann,

Thanks for your rapid first response. I am taking a break from the garden after laying down some rocks bordering some of the beds this past weekend. Looking good but I have more to do to complete the job. Yes...I love the banana plants, butterflies and lizards. Nice that we share similar interests. :))

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on November 01, 2011:

Hi Peggy,

You obviously appreciate nature.I said in your poll that Fall is my favorite but seasons have changed so much that it is a tough choice.voted up,beautiful and awesome.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on November 01, 2011:

Hi Peggy. Nice visiting you. Loved all the plants and videos. You amaze me how you put so much into your hubs. I just came in from the garden myself. I planted 2 banana trees. Many of the plants and butterflies and lizards you have, I have. And don't we enjoy them!

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