Put on some cheerful color for autumn

It’s time to enjoy some fall color.  Actually, that’s a wishful statement on my part.  Louisiana has been seeing more fall color in the trees in recent years, but it won’t happen for many weeks to come.  Yet we have our moments of thrilling color.   Yesterday, when I walked down our driveway to check the mail I dawdled a bit while the garbage crew passed.  This bit of red caught my eye.

That is a pod of magnolia berries.  In fact, if you look closely (where, indeed, is Waldo?) you can see more.  I stepped nearer to peer into the center of the tree, and to get a better picture for you.

Isn’t that a beautiful red?  I turned my head slightly, and then saw that there were many stalks!

Right about then I stopped smiling altogether!  I made the terrible discovery that I was standing on a fire ant hill.  Youch!  One ant ran around my ankle, leaving five bites like an ankle bracelet.  DH will get out with the proper insecticide to treat the hill today.

There is knitting color to show you, too. Monday  I finished my Eastlake Scarf by Norah Gaughan.  The yarn is from my stash, 2 skeins of Knit Picks Swish DK in Pale Lemon.  Norah’s sample is knit in olive, and looks like stylized leaves.  My scarf, knit in the pale lemon, reminds me of ripe wheat.  I am very pleased with the outcome, and eagerly await cooler, scarf-appropriate weather.


  1. Knitnana said,

    October 1, 2009 at 11:17 am

    OW! I’m so sorry…
    But those are beautiful berries, and the scarf is quite becoming!!!
    Great job!

  2. tina said,

    October 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Love the scarf——— it is wonderful and you look great in it!!!

  3. dragonsnlace said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Pretty. I hate all the bite-e insects in the south.

  4. Laura Gallagher said,

    October 5, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Ohhh, NICE scarf!

  5. AlisonH said,

    October 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful scarf, and a gasp at the ant. Are they black with red abdomens? I saw one like that on my back porch, and I’ve never seen an ant with bright red before. *shiver*

    And I love the magnolia berry photos–thanks!

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