One of the photos in my last blog was taken during a hike my daughter and I took on the aptly named Castle Rock Trail.
When my age and the altitude caught up with me, I sat down to rest, taking time to study and photograph these impressive edifices.
Suddenly I caught a glimpse of movement, way at the top of the rock-face and realized people were climbing way up there. Fascinated, and somewhat horrified, I zoomed to get a better look.
I soon realized they were actually on their way down. How they got up there in the first place is a mystery to me!
I just can’t bring myself to post yet more snow pictures, so I dug back in my Archives to find some scenes from a trip my daughter and I took to Utah in April 2014.
As a child I loved John Wayne westerns (still do) and have always longed to ride a horse across the desert. Our stay at Red Cliffs Lodge near Moab gave us the opportunity to do just that, and it was everything I had hoped for!
Going through these photos I can almost feel the hot sun on my skin, which helps to lift my spirits on this cold, snowy day!
I have lost count of the gloomy, wet and cloudy days we have experienced lately, but on Friday the sun paid us a brief visit, so I took the camera to the Park to find some color.
Wind and rain had stripped many of the leaves from the trees before they could turn, but I did find a few bright spots.
It was unseasonably warm again today, and we even had a brief thunder-storm, but colder temperatures are on the way and the next few nights will be below freezing.
I hung the bird feeder yesterday, and it is already doing a brisk trade. I don’t put out seed in the summer as I find it draws squirrels, mice and the odd possum, which sends Abbie into a tizzy. It always surprises me how quickly the birds discover it is back. They must pass the word around to each other!
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!
For many years now, I have attended the Balloon Festival held every August in Metamora.
Each year I tell myself I have enough balloon photos in my hard drive and will just go to observe and enjoy, but it is such a colorful occasion, I just can’t resist snapping ‘just a few photos’.
Every year it seems to draw more and more spectators and the amount of traffic creeping through this tiny village is just mind-boggling. The handful of village police officers have to bring in temporary officers to help direct traffic and keep parking organized, and they do an outstanding job.