We’ve definitely had a very fickle spring this year… Warm up for a couple days, snow several inches, repeat weekly.
Second day of the most recent snowfall. It was actually deeper, but some melted off the bottom during the day.
And finally, some blue sky! Here’s to hoping spring-like weather shows up soon…
Took this right after a downpour and a patch of blue sky appeared long enough for me to run out and snap some pictures. Clouds made an interesting reflection on the leaf.
Macro Monday, fall edition! You know that fall is here and winter’s just around the corner when everything is covered in little ice crystals…
Our second frost of the year, hardly a killing frost, but cold enough to make you reach for a scarf and clean off the wood stove that sits all summer for a nice little fire.
Despite our “freezing” and literally freezing temperatures and the snow and hail flurries we’ve been having for the last week, I think spring has finally come. Rain or shine, the frogs have been going berserk for last two and a half weeks croaking every night – so loud that we can hear them in the house, over the TV! (That’s pretty loud). The frogs this year seem relatively “tame”, compared to how they usually act. It’s nearly impossible to sneak up on one, they quit making noise as soon as they detect you and you never find them. This year, you can just waltz up as pretty as you please and they just keep croaking! One was so loud that I think it must have been under the water trough and echoing.
This turned out to be a “best of”/favorites challenge. We have so many ornaments that we practically need a bigger tree or start decorating the back. I love Christmas ornaments, there’s so many cool ones!
Still some moisture in the ground, but not very much. Got down to 14ºF last night. Dogs were very happy to sleep inside for the night, could hardly yard them outside to do their business before bed. “Do we have to? Can’t we just come wake you up at 2 am, when we really have to go?”
I think that Nick was really glad for his padded stable blanket last night. I meant to go break the layer of ice that had no doubt formed in his bucket since doing my evening chores before going to bed, but I was so sleepy that I plumb forgot, so this is what his bucket looked like this morning.
The preferred weapon of choice for the occasion of ice chopping.
In the spirit (pun intended) of Halloween, this was just too good to pass up and not post!
This week’s challenge couldn’t have come at a better time! When I looked to see what the next challenge was last Sunday, I couldn’t been happier to see it was Halloween because I was going to a Rascal Flatts concert Friday night and I was pretty sure the backup band would dress up like they did every year during a show. I wasn’t disappointed!
This year they dressed up as Chewbaccas.
Scared, Jay? That’s just….Jonathan? I think. A great way to end the tour!
A sign of Fall is not always something you can take a photograph of, such as how suddenly your fingers are freezing in the morning when it was just 70F the day before, or the equal amounts of daylight and darkness. You can take a picture of being able to see your breath, but it’s not exactly easy to time it just right.
Fall officially started last Tuesday, but this tree was already starting to turn for the last few weeks!
Gold! The Chantrelle mushroom usually comes out in September and October, after some of the fall rains have come. This year they’re a bit early, but not a moment too soon in our opinion! They’re delicious!
Dogs posing for a quick picture. They love getting to explore when we go mushroom picking.
Some of the Chantrelles all sauteed in butter. Mmmm!
Brr! It’s freezing! Some people I know would consider forty something to be summer…
This last picture is more about the color than the actual bird and that one actually landed twenty feet from me. As you can see from the color of the cones on the fir trees in the background, the sun has a beautiful reddish tint that only seems to come when there’s smoke from a forest fire, or in fall sunrises. It’s simply beautiful. The bird is a Pileated Woodpecker (known to some as a Shaggy-headed Woodpecker.