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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Colors of Fall.

The orange in these leaves just glowed yesterday! The skies were so blue. I could really see them from a distance.
All the different colors. These hills were on fire!
Another shot of this hill from a different direction.
I love the twisty trunks on these trees.

Zoomed up on this one. These colors in fall always amaze me.
It looks like the red one is saying BOO. the orange one is reacting!
Pop of orange. It really plays off the blue of the sky!
Yellow takes on a orangy tint when in the shadows.
On the first part of the drive I didn't think that I was even going to see much color. We are getting to the end around here. Then I got lost (for miles) and ended up near here and decided to go to the nature center. The woods around the nature center were pretty much done with color. Except for the mountain. Most of the pictures I took were from the highway going past the nature center. Getting lost can be a good thing at times.
Hugs, Teresa

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall trips this weekend ---color, color, color

I am putting these in collage form as I am having trouble putting pictures on here.
As you can see we took a couple of fall trips this weekend. Jeff actually had a couple of weekend days off. This was our Saturday trip. This collage is from High Cliff State Park about 45 minutes from here. We drove through the park and thought that maybe we had gone there too early. But then we went to the camping area and WOW! Beauty everywhere. Trees turn at different times and this area had early turners. Well there were a few that had turned and lost their leaves already, but we will let them rest. In the rest of the park the trees were either still green or light yellow. But that will extend the season. Maybe another trip is in order??? I love the bottom middle picture as you are able to ssee the many different layers of trees/colors. It was such a beautiful day with sunny skies and the temperature  were nice for hiking.

These pictures were taken today. Sunday.  We went to Penninsula State Park. I took these before we started our hike. I love the harbor against the colors of the trees. We didn't go on the lighthouse tour as the place was packed. We stepped inside and we couldn't move. Another time. Maybe during the week. If Jeff and I take a day off together from our jobs. Or vacation next year. I love beeing by the water.

These shots were takaen during our hike. And what a hike it was!!! The sign said that it was difficult and they weren't kidding!! As you can tell from the top, far right picture we had to deal with roots, rocks and climb over fallen trees. Oh and I forgot to mention the muck! Being that there is hardly any top soil the roots were on top of the ground. How trees even survive like that is amazing! But the rocks/cliff  at the bottom of the trail were worth it. It was hard to get a good shot though as you couldn't back up very far or you would be in the water! We did the whole loop and it was only about 2 1/2 miles. But with the steepness and condition of the trail it seemed much longer. The last 1/4 of the trail was much easier. Not as many rocks or roots. We did get turned around once for a short time as we couldn't see the trail clearly. But we back tracked and found the marker. Whoops.
The picture on the top left is one I shot of the road. I love this one. It almost looks like the road is water.  I was surprised not to see more mushrooms or fungus as wet as it was in there. But then I was watching where I put my feet. But we did pause on the trail and didn't see any more then the ones on that log. I was hoping to see some unusual ones.  I am really surprised that I am not more sore tonight as I am not in the best shape and that was two days of hiking. Long trails yesterday and tough one today.
These are just a few pictures of some plants still blooming in our yard. We have had frost which took a few annuals out. But some of the plants look good yet. Mainly perennials. We have cut back the plants that are done for the year. That is always sad for me.
Well anyway. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Hugs, Teresa