Just as well I didn’t have any big plans for Christmas. Snow moved in on Christmas Eve and continued through the night and most of Christmas Day. The first photo was taken early in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and the second one was taken on Christmas Day.
As if to make up for the miserable weather, my Christmas Cactus decided to bloom right on time! Last time it bloomed around Easter!
Inclement weather always brings lots of birds to my feeder, and I was able to get a couple of nice shots of this female Cardinal.
Deep snow on the deck railing was a bit of a challenge for this Titmouse!
The unseasonably hot weather finally moved on, and I think I have put away the shorts and sandals for a while. Knowing the chilly morning would keep the mosquitoes at bay, Abbie and I headed for the Nature Conservancy for our walk.
Cupflowers seem to be blooming late this year, but are putting on a good show now.
I have been nurturing a patch of these next to my lawn, but they don’t really appreciate my dry, sandy soil. They seem to do better at the conservancy near the ponds and swamps.
Didn’t have the camera with me today, but I thought my cell phone did a pretty decent job. Haven’t mastered a simple way of transferring them from the phone to the computer, so I cheat and e-mail them to myself!
I have been promising myself a trip to Dow Gardens ever since my first visit there in March. Now, with Fall breathing down my neck, I decided on the spur of the moment to drive there yesterday.
With the temperature hovering around 90 degrees, it hardly felt like Fall, and I was not able to stay very long, but brought home some nice photos.
Many of the roses were not looking their best in the hot sun, but this one seemed to be holding up quite well.
I came across this charming sculpture in the Children’s Garden. Have always had a soft spot for pigs! 🙂
As Summer winds down, chilly nights often bring foggy mornings. Although I don’t look forward to the cold weather to come, I do enjoy walking in the fog. It muffles sound and gives me a feeling of privacy.
The campground in the Park was full to capacity over the holiday weekend, and even though a few stragglers remained this morning, they were hidden from my view. Abbie and I do enjoy having the Park all to ourselves!
I came across some Jewelweed growing next to the lake, and the moisture clinging to its petals really helped it live up to its colorful name.
Hummingbirds have been busy at my feeder, packing on the calories before heading south for the winter. I envy them. I have always said if I had wings and no job, I would head south for the winter too!
My Rose of Sharon is planted in a shady spot, so tends to bloom a little late.
On the upside, it will continue to bloom until frost. I am hoping to have some of the trees around it pruned in the Fall to improve conditions for it.
Brown Eyed Susans are blooming in people’s gardens, and is also growing wild. I came across these in the State Park, along with some Daisy Fleabane.
I was relaxing on my hammock in the shade of the Locust tree next to the house the other day. I don’t often see it from this angle, and realized what a nice photo this view would make. Hard to believe this tree traveled home from the nursery in the back of our old station wagon more than 40 years ago!
Storms in the area created some impressive clouds yesterday. Most of the storms passed us by again, but we have picked up an inch of rain so far today, and there could be more on the way.
The flowers on my back deck are putting on a lovely show. It takes a lot of watering to keep them happy, but it’s worth it!
It used to annoy me that I no longer have the ability to sleep in. It seems I no sooner retired than I started waking even earlier than I did when I worked!
I have made peace with it now. Being an early riser does have its rewards, and this morning I was up in time to see mist forming as the sun came up. I have come to enjoy the peace of early mornings, and like having the barn chores done before 6:30, and the horses and barn cats enjoy an early breakfast!
These colorful flowers grow outside the guard hut in the State Park. Not sure what they are.
Areas to the north and south of me have had lots of rain lately. There has even been serious flooding to the north, but somehow the promised rain kept skipping my area. After waiting all day for storms which never arrived, I was really surprised to see a rainbow just before sunset, a couple of weeks ago.
The unsettled weather did make for some interesting cloud formations. I love to watch the storm clouds build.
The Day-lilies next to the barn are in full bloom. They are so colorful and forgiving. They require absolutely no care, which suits my limited gardening skills perfectly!
Looks like rain has set in for the whole morning now, so our mini-drought is over. Hoping it will dry out before the day is out.
When I was in Lexington a few weeks ago, I came across some beautiful Irises growing right next to the road.
They are such an elegant and showy flower, but their season is all too short.
I had a fine crop of Daisies in my pastures this year. I read that they are a sign my soil is poor, but I enjoy them anyway!
I have been a little neglectful of my blog lately. Had to make the most of some cooler weather to complete some outside chores.
Managed to get my ancient tractor going so that I could brush hog the pastures, and did some cleaning and pitching of the storage area in the barn. It will take me days to get all the dust out of my sinuses, but it is very satisfying work!
My offering of grape jelly has attracted at least one pair of Orioles to my deck. They are quite wary and usually fly away as soon as I pick up the camera, but I managed to catch this one the other day. I have also seen a male Hummingbird at the feeder I put out a few days ago, and business should pick up once the young ones fledge.
We have had a lot of windy days lately, which makes wildflower photography quite difficult, but I managed to snap a couple of Trillium in the woods the other day.
Oak Trees are among the last to leaf out, and the tiny new leaves are bright red.