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Friday, October 30, 2015

Oh, Those Curves!


How fickle! 


How inconstant!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Alice Walker's Title Is Once Again Appropriate


Do you know the title I mean? It's her collection of poetry called Horses Make the Landscape Look More Beautiful. Poets speak truth. In the landscape below, I sensed something missing:


"Where are the horses?" I cried in impatience and frustration. Then -- "Stop! Turn right!" I'd spied them from a distance.


The curiosity of these massive, beautiful animals is part of their charm, along with their soft, warm noses and sweet, tickly whiskers.





Along with nobility, generosity, and unself-conscious beauty, these two also had friendly, confident and slightly teasing personalities. What glorious animals! What a perfect encounter for a beautiful fall day!



Saturday, October 17, 2015

First Snow of the Season


Yes, it's really snow, not raindrops, on the windshield. Can you feel the cold?







Snow shows up better on the ground, in the shots below. Somehow, though, it looks colder to me when it's streaking down.





Friday, October 16, 2015

We Turn the Seasonal Corner with Color


Sumac is among the first to turn. Soon it is blazing scarlet!


Behind the sumac -- over its shoulder, so to speak -- note the more subtle colors of the ash.

I still remember the first autumn I really began to notice ash trees. The young saplings by the side of the road were the first to catch my eye. These days, when so many adult trees have fallen victim to the emerald ash borer, I take heart from the roadside saplings. Too small to attract the borer now, will they grow to maturity and replace the trees we're losing?




Poplars, birches, and what in Michigan we call popples (known to the West as quaking aspen) make the gold in the fall palette, scattering bright coins in the grass beside the roads.







Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pond Edge, Upper Peninsula, October 2015


Very quiet. Beavers gone into hiding, waiting for us to leave....