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On Saturday, our morning walk was almost magical. Unseasonably warm temperatures brought in fog, which thickened as the sun rose.

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In the space of half an hour, visibility dropped very quickly.

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By the time we were heading back to the car, the fog was wrapped around us like a blanket, muffling sound as well as sight.  A truly magical morning!

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Beautiful Barns

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We have had so many gloomy days lately, that I rarely take my camera out, so I searched through my files for colorful photos to post, and came across these fine old barns.

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Love the cloudless blue sky and green trees in this one.

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This one was taken in November of 2016, but at least the sun was shining!

Our modern steel barns may be more practical and economical, but they lack the character of these beautiful old barns and I like to photograph them whenever I come across one.

 

A Glimpse of Sun

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Enjoyed a lovely quiet walk on Christmas morning.  Abbie and I had the Park all to ourselves, and we even caught a glimpse of the sun as it rose!

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Unfortunately, the sunshine was soon gone as clouds rolled in once more, but at least we are not knee-deep in snow as we were last year.

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With the Solstice behind us, I am looking forward to longer days.  Hard to believe that the sun will be coming closer, even as the weather gets colder and Winter begins in earnest!

Stories in the snow

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Last Wednesday about an inch of heavy wet snow fell overnight.  As I went about my morning chores, I could plainly see what visitors had been around during the night.

The first thing I noticed was that a Raccoon had been in and out of the barn, and also crossed the front yard quite close to the house, which explains why Abbie growled and paced early the previous evening.

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A little further down the driveway I discovered Coyote tracks.  Always exciting to see them, as I rarely glimpse the animals themselves.

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Newly fallen snow brings to light how many creatures share our world, which we rarely, if ever see!

Winter Wonderland

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We had a brief warm-up on Friday and Saturday, and I was able to catch up on a few outside chores.

I removed my poor frozen pumpkins from the deck, and strung a few Christmas lights.  Nothing heroic, just something to brighten the long Winter evenings.

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Grateful I made the most of the break, as today we are back under Winter Storm warnings.  Bearing in mind, we are still almost a month away from official Winter!

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Heavy wet snow fell all night and into the afternoon.  Michigan is living up to its name of The Winter Wonderland.  As inconvenient as it is, I have to admit it is beautiful, so I brought my pocket camera along on my walk.

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November 10, 2018

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I was hoping my modest Fall decorations would last at least until Thanksgiving, but the weather had other ideas!

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We have had snow on the ground for over a week now, so it looks like Winter is here to stay.

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The lake in the Park is beginning to ice over.  Excited to spot two families of Tundra swans on my walk.  I expect they will be heading further south before long.

 

 

Winter Woes

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It seems we have skipped right over Fall into full-fledged Winter.  Two snowfalls already, with at least an inch of snow overnight and more in the forecast.

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 I admit this morning’s new fall of snow did present some nice photo ops, but I would rather be photographing colorful leaves against blue skies so early in the season.

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I will have to set up the heated water bucket for my horse tonight, as temperatures will drop into the teens.  More like January than November! 😦

November 7, 2018

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I have been waiting in vain to get out with my camera to photograph some Fall colors.  Sadly, wind and rain has quickly stripped most of the leaves from the trees, and gloomy skies still prevail.

I console myself by photographing visiting wildlife from the comfort of the house.

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My bird feeder has been busy, attracting this beautiful Yellow Bellied Woodpecker, and many Goldfinches.

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I was lucky enough to catch several deer, ambling through the back yard. Quite  surprised to see them so close to the house in broad daylight, especially since we are in the middle of hunting season!

Draft Horse Show

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On Friday I drove to Lansing to see a Draft Horse Show.  I so enjoy getting up close and personal with these gentle giants!

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Having shown my own horses in the past, I can appreciate the tremendous amount of work that goes into preparing the two, four, and six-horse teams.

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As the second day of showing winds down, both horses and handlers are ready for a nap!

 

Trees and Toads

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In spite of our unusually warm, wet weather, some leaves are beginning to turn.  This lovely Maple in the Park is always among the earliest to change.

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The temperature was close to 80 when I took these shots, but will be at least 20 degrees colder tomorrow, and overnight temps will drop into the 30’s tomorrow night.

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Came across my visiting toad again on Monday night, and was able to get some better photos of him.

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I have not seen many Tree Frogs this summer.  I usually come across them in my flower pots, and they often climb up my front window on warm nights.  This one didn’t show up until recently.  Just love these little characters, and don’t even mind the sticky footprints on my window!

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