FALL!

Last night we had the first freeze. Last week we had 90 degrees, then it drops to 40, now we hit the freeze mark. I just love this weather!! The sun in the blue skies, The cool breeze, but we did turn on the heat for just a bit to take the chill off. Saturday I set up at A Renaissance at Roanoke Art Fair. I have to say the morning was crispy and my fingers were tingling. It was my last outdoor show of the year. Lots of good artist, good customers. The sun came out and the weather behaved. If you want to know where I will be next be sure to check my front page. I have the list there. On to my pictures, I went outside this crispy morning and snapped some pictures. One of my three catnip plants. It is on the porch so we will see if it lasts. The cats loved having some fresh catnip last night. They were all loopy, some more than others.

On the porch again. Still loving my succulents, that are just growing and growing. I don’t want to bring them in because they love that porch. But the time will come.

Our new white mums that turn a pinky shade when they start to fade. I like a little bit of white, it adds a stunning element to the landscaping.

Had some rain yesterday morning, this morning is frozen water. I put this birdbath in this spot because it is outside of my studio. Not one bird landed in it, darn it! I thought at least the hummingbirds would stop and take a drink, they are always at the catmint.

When it warms up to 55 today I wonder if the balloon flower will look as good since it was out in the garden.

Stunning raspberry colored mums.

I liked the colors of the bush changing with the sunlight. Some of my favorite colors.

I picked up three little pumpkins, a subtle yet elegant fall touch. Plus, I didn’t want to haul around big pumpkins. I stepped away from my part time job to totally focus on my art business so I listen to the television more. They spend so much on campaign commercials! My son Kevin says why don’t they tell us why we should vote for them instead of why we shouldn’t vote for the other guy. I think that makes such good sense, yeah, why don’t they? I am very excited about going to a play tonight with my friend Theresa. We are going to see The Choir of Man at the Beautiful Embassy Theater. Get a little dinner before, and it should be a great evening.

Lastly, I wrote about Barney yesterday and I am happy to say he is now up in my store. He can be purchased in three different sizes. He is a handsome owl and would look great in an owl lovers favorite spot. I also think it would look nice in an office because it has a distinguished look.

The Beauty of the World

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This last weekend our neighbors asked if we would take care of their animals while they were gone. We love doing this gladly. I was walking along the side of the house and came across these beautiful flowers and thought “OH, these are so cool! To me they look like zinnias but they are candy striped.

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Another one with a little different design. So gorgeous!

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The neighbor on the other side has this tree that I can see out my kitchen window. Here I am showing you it framed in the mutton.

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For some reason it just looks so stunning from my window but I went outside and got a closeup for you.

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Then further back. The day turned cooler but sunny. The humidity went away and it was so nice to be outside.

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During this time of the year I love it when the blue of the sky is darker and it gives the colorful trees a nice background. The farmers have gotten their crops in and the neutral colored ground is lovely.

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Another set of trees with the darker blue background. Standing outside with a little breeze, the temps are nice and the smell of a wood fire somewhere. Life is good!

 

Catching Fall before it is gone

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I have no idea what this tree or bush is but I loved the deeper green leaves with the red berries. There were many of these along the paths.

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Here is a tree with woodpecker holes and a mushroom fungus growing out from it.

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I just thought this picture was beautiful with all the different colors of fallen leaves.

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We think that this is the red tree where the red leaves that were found.

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A tall yellow tree. It’s a good inspiration tree.

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This was so pretty because of the the hillside and the carpet of leaves along with the sunlight coming through the trees.

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The sun peeking in through the top is just lovely!

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The bright green leaves and the yellow from another tree are what caught my attention.

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This large tree teetering on the edge of the hill with tunnels underneath it.

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The full length of the teetering tree.

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little wildflowers still blooming.

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Looking up into the tall pine tree.

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Pine Needle Path

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I like this tree not only because of the pretty leaves but the limbs curved around and the bark was either diseased or something ate it.

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Mushroom growing out of the ground with the pretty different leaves surrounding it.

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Little bit of lichen and something was looking for bugs to eat. Interesting tree bark.

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I really love this picture. The bright red plant in the front with the yellow leaves in the background.

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Interesting fungus growing on this narrow tree bark.

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Another different wildflower still blooming.

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DSC_0019 On Wednesday my friend Kathy and I decided to walk the trails of an Acres Land Trust site. These are areas of land that has been bought or donated so it is covered and won’t be developed. There are many sites in Allen County and and I found one that was 10 miles north of us. It was very nice that there were walking sticks at the beginning of the path because it gets muddy and hilly sometimes. Here is Kathy with her walking stick and the proper attire to wear on the path. The second picture is just showing the prettiness of the path with the shadows and the sunlight.

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I just have to end this post with the moon the other night over our house. It was a full beauty. I wish I would have put the strong lens on. Kathy and I picked a perfect day to walk in the woods, the next day was a whole day of rainfall. I really wanted to get fall color inspiration and enjoy it before it fleeted away from us. Click here if you would like to learn more about Acres Land Trust.Thanks for enjoying it with me.