The first Fall Leaf for October 2023 made a touchdown in my backyard. The color of the leaf gave me a pumpkin kind of smile and my heart began to race while I thought about what the changing of the seasons meant. So, I stretched out on the St. Augustine Grass and my head was full of wonder.
Getting down to grass at leaf eye level, I saw blades of green and scorched brown too preparing for the dormant season of winter. It was a quiet, peaceful afternoon. I enjoyed every blade of grass I could see until I spied a butterfly on the Lantana. By the time I walked over to snap a picture the butterfly was gone. Just like that. Gone.
I headed back to the single Fall Leaf and this time I laid on the ground looking up at the tree. It's funny how at first glance the tree looks full of green leaves but like an eye doctor uses the Phoropter to determine the appropriate lens prescription, I began to see gold, red, orange, and brown leaves too. Autumn is a magical time of year!
Continuing on with my eyeball journey, I noticed the common Texas spiny lizard sunning on the fence. I hoped if I were quicker, I could take its picture. Too late! The lizard slithered away. Isn't it funny, people aren't the only ones who see garden visitors that fly and crawl? They notice humans doing strange things too!
In case you're wondering, I am not a native Texan but for the past 26 years I counted my wealth of the color of gold, orange, yellow, and green in spring, summer, autumn, and winter while pretty butterflies intrigue me and lizards too! And when I am out and about, and I see the brushstrokes of pink, orange, yellow, and gold painted sunsets my heart leaps for joy! If you're thinking about moving to Texas, let me be your guide. I've been selling residential real estate for more than 20 years.
Soon autumn's beauty will cover the grounds as trees shed their leaves. My perfect green lawn will sound crunchy with a mixture of Fall colors. Nature paints pretty pictures, don't you think? And I remain grateful for all that I see and all the people who bought houses because of me.
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