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In the garden: Change and decay

Winter is coming. As the hymn goes:

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see:
O thou who changest not, abide with me!

This sounds like I'm depressed, but I'm not. I don't think I've ever been quite so aware of the seasonal cycle as this year; perhaps it's because I encountered change and decay as a subject to be encountered visually, as rich color and, thanks to my gardening style, layers of complexity and entanglement. Thanks to my new camera lenses! (And it is a cycle; "thou who changest not" is, IMNSHO, a nonsense. Everything changes, nothing is still. Try photographing a flower and you'll see it's in constant motion, even when there seems to be no breeze.)

But first, the enemy! If you want to see the desire for that which "changest not," look here:

Scheider 2x tele throughout. "Changest not" so long as the lawn care service is making the rounds, that is. And then there's the squash:

As you can see, this squash benefited -- or at least the photograph of the squash benefited -- from my relaxed approach toward mildew. Every season it happens, and I used to worry. Now I don't worry. As long as the squash outruns it, say I. Of course, it would be nice to improve the soil to improve the strength of the plant to resist mildew. But sprays.... They sound too much like work. And the cukes:

But all the cucurbits have set fruit. Others are setting seeds:

This is fun! I wonder what it is! And of course the Black-Eyed Susans...

Well, Yahoo just died, so I can't grab that photo. Yahoo is just getting worse and worse. I wish they'd left it like it was in, say, 2000. It was fine.

UPDATE And here, at last, is a decaying Black-Eyed Susan. I gotta switch to Yandex....

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