I went to the Ag Center and took some pictures of trees in the mist, a different kind of yellow flower that I haven't noticed there before, and a flock of starlings one the bare branches of a half dead tree.
Somewhere outside the Ag Center, but still in the vicinity of the large block of federally owned land in the county, I spotted a very lovely tree with leaves ranging from green through yellow and orange and red to dark purple. Very pretty. So after a couple of U-turns, one in the entrance to *something* that had no sign out front but a gate with an ID check (I turned before I got to the guard), I found a place out of the way to pull over and went to take a picture of it, sort of standing in the road leading back to the gated place. As I was standing there, a nice guard in a white SUV drove up to ask me if she could help me (subtext: "What are you doing?"). Me: "I'm just taking a picture of that tree because the purple leaves are so pretty." Guard: (looking very confused) "That's all?" Me: "Yep, that's it. Is it okay" Guard: (still looking confused) "Yes, if that's all you're doing." Me: (snapping picture) "Got it. Thank you." It didn't ever look like she thought I was lying to her, just that she couldn't even *conceive* of someone stopping to take a picture of a tree with pretty purple leaves. But really, they were. You can see the pretty colors in the picture though I think I could have gotten a better one with a little more time to find the right angle on the shot, but I figured her patience would not extend to me moving away from where I stood.
I think for the next few days, I'll go to Laurel Lake or Greenbelt Lake or downtown Laurel--somewhere that's not the property of the Department of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Service, NASA, Army, Secret Service, or the NSA. (All of those are in the area, as I understand it.)
In the afternoon I was back at the Nature Center for an interview and got a picture of some cool white sycamore tree trunks in the forest. :D I also sketched them while I was waiting, which was muy cool.