Grey ... but not dull ...

@sueznewz2 (8598)
Alicante, Spain
October 25, 2016 10:24am CST
Today was overcast, but it was quite pleasant taking our dog for a walk in the cooler temperature. My friend and I, @maggs224 went for a walk down by the river bed this morning as it was a bit cooler and overcast, but unfortunately, it was not as pleasant down there, as it was up where we are. It is just a five minute walk..., and the elevation is only very slightly lower... but..., sometimes the difference in the weather is quite marked, we think its because of the sea. When we took the dog for a walk it was overcast, and there was a pleasant breeze, but when we went down to the beach, which is a steep hill and five minute walk away ..., it was very humid, and no breeze at all, so it was not as pleasant to walk in... but we carried on down to the riverbed. We went to see how our mini wetlands were doing..., last time we had a look, they had all overgrown and were choked out with lots of plants, and there was a lot of silt and sludge on the riverbed and precious little water ... mind you it was in july.... Then when we went back another day they had done some pruning..., but what they had actually done, was cut practically all the greenery away, the reeds and bamboo and other river bed plants... it looked dreadful, but we thought perhaps it would help re oxygenate the water or allow the silt to flow down and out.... We have had a week of mixed weather.. a couple of torrential downpours, and some showery rainy days..., so maggs224 and myself wondered if the rainwater run off, had made it’s way down the mountain yet, and cleared some of the silt from the river bed, alas it has not, so that was a little disappointing too.. but it seems like the birds don’t care... quite a variety were flitting about, on and off the water... and there was other insect activity as well, we saw a lovely coloured beetle, see the photo in above collage, it was a deep green and deep red stripe.. neither of us had seen it before... but I have not got a clue what it is... I also included some flowers in the collage, that are still in bloom in this area..., providing little splashes of colour here and there...
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@pgntwo (19085)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 Oct
The pink bloom, middle row left, is one I think I mentioned from which you can taste the nectar, if you are careful. Sounds like a pleasant day was had by all.
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
Yes @pgntwo ... I remember you saying... must admit I havent tried it yet...
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@TheHorse (47098)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Oct
Things still look quite lovely there. Here, we have many plants looking tired, but not as many Fall colors as I would like.
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
27 Oct
thanks @TheHorse I'm glad you like them... these flowers will stay with us all winter as we have a very mild climate.. but ... we dont get the fall colours here...like you do... which are equally beautiful...
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@TheHorse (47098)
• Pleasant Hill, California
27 Oct
@sueznewz2 I wish we got more of them in the Bay Area (Fall colors, I mean).
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@celticeagle (109429)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Oct
Lovely flowers. Nice how some are so hardy.
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
Thanks @celticeagle ... glad you enjoyed the photos...
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@celticeagle (109429)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Oct
@sueznewz2 .......Flowers growing/blooming at this time of the year is rather odd so it is a nice change to see some.
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• United States
25 Oct
ack!! grasshopper! jest kiddin', they aint too bad's long's ya don't get a full-fledged invasion 'f 'em. i dunno what sorta beetle that'd be? lovely rose, used to've one that color here. adore the pic 'f ms. maggs! i bet t'was kinda sticky down there, with the rains that'cha've gotten. the sweet lil duck didn't seem to mind though :) hopefully the riverbed'll back to 'ts former glory'n a few months. those deep prunin's leave ugly scars fer sometime. big hugs 'n love to y'all!
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
Yes I hope it comes back to it's former glory... glad you enjoyed the pics... @crazyhorseladycx I thought the grasshopper would catch ya.. lol's big hugs and love ... coming your way...
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• United States
27 Oct
@sueznewz2 i'll keep my fingers crossed fer such :) yepperz, grasshoppers, blech - though i must confess i prefer 'em o'er these danged wasps. big hugs 'n love!
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@just4him (76153)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Oct
I love the collage but don't see the beetle. I'm glad you had a pleasant walk. I hope the greenery comes back soon for the riverbed. Too bad it was humid at the riverbed.
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
Yes I hope the green comes back too... I'm glad you like the photos... val @just4him here is a close up of the beetle ... it did not show up very well in the collage...
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@just4him (76153)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Oct
@sueznewz2 I thought that might be it, but it didn't match the description and it didn't look like a beetle. I can see it better now and yes, it is very unusual.
@responsiveme (11941)
• India
27 Oct
Its getting chilly here too...have put a photo of my morning walk too.Most of those flowers grow here too so it was nice to know we share some things.:) Love your collage .
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Oct
thank you @responsiveme I'm glad you liked the collage and have some colourful flowers too...
@PainsOnSlate (18328)
• Canada
27 Oct
Say hi to Maggs for me. I wondered what your bug was, I looked on line to see if I could find one but I didn't., I did see and awesome bug with multiple red stripes that is beautiful and I've no idea what it is and have never see one except the photo today. All of your photos are lovely, I wish I could take a hike with you, your walk sounds delightful.
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Oct
thanks for your kind comments.. I'm glad you liked the photos @PainsOnSlate I will pass your greetings on to maggs ... Its a shame we can't identify the beetle, but never mind.. yes it would be lovely if you could join us on a walk..seeing the sights..chatting a taking photos... we'd have a great time...
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Oct
That sounds like a great walk and your collage is very nice!
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
thank you James @JamesHxstatic i'm glad you enjoyed the photos
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@Juliaacv (18219)
• Canada
26 Oct
What a nice and bright grouping of pictures, its been a grey and dark day here, so I liked looking at this!
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
I'm glad they bought a bit of colour to your day... @Juliaacv ... they did mine too....
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@marlina (55436)
• Canada
25 Oct
Love your collage and thanks for sharing it with us.
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
Thank you @marlina ... I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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@Corbin5 (65564)
• United States
25 Oct
Thank your for sharing those lovely photos with us!!! I see that colorful beetle! He is a pretty fellow!! We still have flowers blooming here too, which is a surprise to me. Soon, no more flowers.
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@sueznewz2 (8598)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Oct
I'm glad you enjoyed the photo... @Corbin5 our climate is much milder than yours ... so we will see these all through our winter...
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@Hatley (149280)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Nov
your photos are lovely glad you had them this late in the yeatr so pretty