Very beautiful Anne, and well observed!
Another possible avenue for you. A number of photographers study the decay of plants and flowers when they are well past their showy prime. I admit it's an acquired taste, but there's a kind of beauty in decaying nature. The colours become more muted with an emphasis on earth tones. New textures appear in formerly smooth surfaces. Fragility replaces robustness.
I've only delved into this a little, with mixed success so far, but I think it's worth a look.