Friday, October 7, 2011

Favorite Things Friday - Oct 7th

It's finally Friday!  The last day of the work week.  I'm ready.  Not that I have any less to do at home than I have to do at work.  But this weekend has an added perk, My Guy comes home on Sunday.  He's been gone for 4 weeks.  So I'm ready for that too.  

One of the things that I've missed this fall with My Guy being "across the pond" is our mini photo expeditions.  It's pretty typical for one of us to get up, take a look at the light outside and decide we need to grab the cameras and take off on a mini expedition to somewhere in or out of town that we've noted would make great photos in the right light.  Last Sunday was one of those mornings.  The light was beautiful, all bright gold.  So I grabbed the camera bag and the car keys and headed over to one of the pastures not far from the house by myself.  It was so hot over the summer, Oklahoma didn't get much in the way of wild flowers, but with the cooler fall weather, many of the pastures have exploded with color.  


I love the morning light.  It was early enough that my shoes got all wet from dew laden grasses.


Some of the flowers were still showed the tale tell droplets of their morning soak.  And then I found a small patch of these. 


My Guy and I call these purple pineapple flowers.  We've never been able to find the "real" name for them.  It's a sure sign of fall when these start showing up in the fields and pastures. 



I love the range of colors in these, from the pale blue to the deeper purple. 


The spiky leaves have always made me think of these as "alien" flowers.  You know something you'd see in a science fiction flick, where some alien creature is growing in the center pod.  In the middle of the movie whole fields of the pretty purple pineapple flowers will suddenly hatch and the creatures will then terrorize the humans.  Don't see that?  Well it's probably just me then. 

So this Friday I have two favorites, fall mornings and purple pineapple flowers.  For more favorite things check out who has linked up with Shay over at Quilting in My Pyjamas

15 comments:

  1. Wow! really nice pictures! Thanks.

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  2. Great photos! From what I can see, they look like Bull Thistles. They can be pretty prolific.

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  3. I would call them purple pineapple flowers too. Apt name :) They are beautiful.

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  4. They look like some sort of thistle, but I've never seen anything quite like it. So pretty and so interesting. Your photos are gorgeous!

    We were on our way to the flea market last Sunday and there was such a beautiful mist burning off in the early morning light. I wished I were taking pictures instead of driving at that moment. Glad you got to capture the splendor.

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  5. Beautiful pictures! I probably should grab my camera and get out there and take some myself!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Love the purple pineapple! Your photos are awesome and I have taken the purple to keep in my photos as they come through.
    I love Fridays because I get to visit and see amazing blogs.

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  7. Hello, I love the meadow of flowers but, they are all so pretty! Hugs

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  8. Gorgeous colors! Thank you for sharing them with us! :)

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  9. Snorting at alien flowers..too funny(but also a little scary!)

    Kate, you have such a gift for photography. Your flower pictures are always breath taking. The colours and the way you capture them is amazing. I wish I had that gift!

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  10. Stunning photos Kate. Love the sunflower with dew on it's petals.
    I can see why early mornings and photography is a favourite.

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  11. Love your early morning photos! I will never have any of my own since I can't seem to get up early enough--you'll see more late afternoons in my shots :)

    Have a great weekend with your guy's return!

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  12. Beautiful flowers, Kate. The purple pineapples look like a kind of thistle, but what do I know? (Not much.)

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  13. Love your pics Kate. I love early morning and the beautiful soft light, although waking up at 4 am three days in a row, is way too early!

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  14. It's early Sunday afternoon here so it won't be long till Your Guy is home!

    Lovely photos - thanks for sharing.

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  15. A couple years late, but this flower is called Eryngo (eryngium leavenworthii).

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