Preoccupied, I meandered the gardens.
Whoa! Watch my step! Soundlessly, the
garden snake slithered from side to side.
Another surprise awaited in a flowerpot
and startled me. A leopard minding its own
business and napping. Lots of squirrels out
and about thrown off by the sudden cold.
Remnants of half-eaten apples in the lawn
under the apple trees. It’s a shame the
critters don’t clean up after themselves!
Messy eaters. Uncouth manners! Same
for the chipmunk who leaves a mess
on top of the gutter downspout. Smiling,
I observe their activities and keep an eye out.
The rabbits hop on over to eat the apples
left behind by the squirrels. Some late-
blooming flowers make a welcome
appearance. Just buds now on the
Montauk daisies. They are the last
ones to share beauty with us. Early
snowfall this year? The stores and the
neighborhood are already displaying
some decorations for Halloween. In a
few weeks, the orange plastic pumpkin
will once more adorn the front porch.
Invigorating weather and season. Soon
the colorful leaves will fall. On cue: cold
winds and rain arrive. Happy Autumn!