On Wednesday we were blessed with more sunshine, and I was able to get a few nice shots.
There was a fairly heavy frost, only the second one we have had so far this season, but this was just a taste of what was to come.
The horses were grazing under the Mulberry Tree, and Twiggy did not seem to mind the leaves falling on her back. She is such a good-natured soul!
More sunshine today (Friday), but we are really getting a taste of Winter. Temperature dropped into the teens overnight, and I had to set up the heated bucket for the horses’ water. Will drop down into the low teens tonight, but is supposed to be above freezing for the weekend.
We have not seen much of the sun lately, and even had a dusting of snow on the ground yesterday morning. I have not been inspired to take the camera out, so I searched my archives for some photos to post.
In June I spent an afternoon just driving around the back roads looking for interesting barns to photograph.
These fine old buildings have so much more character than the more practical barns of today.
Once again we are enjoying summer-like weather, and although I am enjoying it, I miss the vivid Fall colors we usually enjoy at this time of year.
This is a shot taken at this time last year across the same lake.
I will be glad when Daylight Saving Time ends in two weeks. Abbie does not like to walk in the dark, and right now it is almost 8 before it gets light. Since she and I are usually up before six, that seems a long time to wait!
I don’t think we will have a very colorful Fall in Michigan this year. The unseasonably hot, dry spell we had in September caused many of the leaves to shrivel up and drop, and now rain has moved in. We are now almost halfway through October, and we still have not had a killing frost, which always seems to make the colors pop.
Went to water my flowers the other day, and found something was blocking the spout of the waterer. Was horrified to find it was a tree frog who had been washed right to the narrow tip and seemed to be firmly stuck. Afraid trying to help might cause more harm than good, I decided to wait and see if he could figure it out for himself. It took a few minutes, but he did gradually squeeze himself out, landing safely in the flowers. You just never know where you might come across these sweet little guys!
I often come across some interesting feathers on my walks. I know the larger one came from a Wild Turkey, but I don’t recognize the smaller one.
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! 🙂
In typical Michigan fashion we have gone from unseasonably cool to unseasonably warm weather, and Fall colors are beginning to appear here and there.
This Maple in the Park is always among the first to turn, and catches the afternoon sun beautifully.
Recent heavy rains have given us a fine crop of mushrooms.
They are popping up everywhere.
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!