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!
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!
Hot, humid weather or rain has kept me cooped up in the house for several days, but cooler, drier air has finally moved in and I have been able to catch up on some mowing, and snap a few photos.
My resident Barn Swallows have young in the nest and escort me when I mow, swooping around my head like miniature fighter planes, catching the bugs I stir up. I so enjoy their company!
I decided to see if I could grow some decorative gourds in a container next to the deck. To keep them from spreading all over the lawn, I trained them up the fence of an unused dog pen. It did not look promising at first, but now it looks like I will have at least a few to decorate my table in the Fall.
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.
Saturday promised to be too warm for working outside, and Lake Huron was calling, so I once again headed East.
I headed north from Port Huron, stopping first at Port Hope, then continued on to Lexington.
The jetty at Lexington Harbor has a paved walk, which takes you right out into the Lake, where a stiff breeze tempered the heat, and offered wonderful views.
Today is going to be even warmer, and I will soon have to break down and put on the AC. I much prefer open windows and fresh air, but as the outside temperature approaches 90 degrees, I reluctantly close the house up and flip the switch, grateful that I have this option.
It has been a sad and difficult week for me, and I was becoming quite depressed. But after complaining for so long about the nasty weather, I was determined not to waste a beautiful, sunny Saturday feeling down, so I set off for my favorite nursery to buy and photograph some flowers.
Coming upon an unexpected road closure and getting lost on the way there was just the way my week had been going, but I resisted the urge to simply give up and go home, and eventually found my way there by an alternate route.
The nursery was crazy busy as it always is the Saturday before Mother’s Day, but the colors and scents did help to lift my mood.