October 1st. That's the date on the calendar and the date on this post. But in Florida, October 1st almost never heralds crisp, cool days—and today is no exception—the thermometer reads 82˚ as I write this. So I'm inside my air conditioned living room, wearing fall-ish clothes and looking for autumn colors wherever I can find them. A "virtual fall", if you will. We Floridians are great at Virtual Fall. It's practically an art form around here. Here's my contribution to the gallery:
My neighbor's Cosmos very obligingly posed for their fall portraits.
They wore their "seed pearls" well, don't you think?
Here we went with a contrasting blue and red background with an impressionist vibe.
(Note the lovely notes of autumnal red in the finished blooms. We have an eye for that sort of thing.)
Now this is just a blatant beauty contest. In my opinion the seed wins, hands down.
So there you have it. Virtual Fall, presented by my neighbor's Florida garden. I could add some great quotes about "finding beauty in the everyday," or maybe that one about making a silk purse from a sow's ear, but I think Nature kind of did that for me.