It is such a beautiful afternoon after the past couple of cold, raw days, we just had to get out and hike around the cove. There is not much color yet, but it is still a little early. And there is just no way to know if we will have a pretty fall or not, after our terribly hot and dry summer.
I found a few things to show you as we wandered around. Seems that the poison ivy is making the prettiest display – still wouldn’t advise bringing it home for an autumn bouquet!
It is a gray and dark morning, but there is still a calm beauty about this time of year. The landscape may appear to some to be stark, but the vista is open to more of the lake.
I really love winter and enjoy these gray days. My birdfeeder was also a study in gray, black and white this morning. It was crowded with the drabbly dressed goldfinches in their winter coats, titmice, chickadees and the elegant nuthatch. The only touch of color was the spot of red on the head of the downy woodpecker.
Another view in the course of our seasons!
Our hard freeze finally arrived early this morning. And with it came one of my favorite gifts of the season – rabbit frost.
The frost is formed when the moisture in the stems of the grasses and weeds is frozen and then is squeezed thru the membranes of the plant. It causes a delicate sheet of ice to burst thru and curl around the stems.
I have seen frost form huge roses of curls. This happens especially if it is an early freeze and there is more moisture in the plants.
If you try to touch the rabbit frost, it will shatter like shaved ice and will disappear as soon as the sunlight hits it.
I am sorry that these photos don’t show the delicacy of the frost.
It is one more of the beauties of the course of our seasons.
Another gorgeous day but rain and cold weather for the rest of the weekend. But we will enjoy those days too – all in the course of our seasons.
We had a good heavy frost this morning. Not a hard freeze yet but I know that it is coming soon.
These pictures are of the frost on the top of my car. Doesn’t it look like feathers or maybe acanthus leaves? Just a beautiful part of the course of our seasons!
A lovely evening at the lake. The wind finally subsided and we walked to the west side of the ridge. This was our reward!
A gorgeous sunset and a lovely part of the course of our seasons.
It’s a rainy day but warm. A cold front is due this evening or early tomorrow, so will enjoy the warmer temps today.
Saw the big buck on my way up the ridge this morning and the two fawns that are now out of their spots. It is such a thrill to begin the day with these beautiful creatures.
The chipmunks were busy with chasing each other early this morning. Enjoying the warmer temperatures too, I bet. They know that the little dens are filling up with acorns and sunflower seed for the cold nights coming. So they will play and chase and tumble with each other while they can.
Another day in the course of our seasons!