Sunday Snapshots: October scenes The front yard, with soon-to-be thumb blisters. Forests in autumn always look best backlit. Flocks of icterids on the move. We had a few hundred blackbirds and grackles pause in our trees this morning. Blisters, still on the trees. British Soldier Lichen. Though they "bloom" all year, my anecdotal observation suggests they kick it up in autumn. Santa Claus wishes making their way north.