November 29, 2023

Lovely fall climate enticed me and DH out for one more stroll round Woman Chook Lake final weekend, however first we stopped at Crimson Bud Isle to take a look at the bald cypresses going rusty orange. It’s a very good present for Austin!

Kayakers and canoeists had been having fun with it too.

The autumn colour wasn’t as shiny at Woman Chook Lake, however the views had been good nonetheless.

The lake view from Voodoo Temple, a tucked-away arbor on the Hike-and-Bike Path.

Again at dwelling, I needed to grumble over contemporary antler-rubbing injury to my previously untouched whale’s tongue agave. These rattling deer! The males are antlering every little thing this yr, together with sotols, Yucca rostrata, Sabal minor — actually something and every little thing. I can’t inform you how irritating it’s to seek out shredded yucca and palmetto leaves strewn concerning the backyard, pushed-over sotols, and damaged agaves.

The scene two doorways down. Not the responsible occasion (no antlers), however he’s round someplace.

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