Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The last warm day...?

Our back-yard buckeye

Today is sunny and calm and about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It may be the last warm day until next spring.


Butterfly weed seeds float on gossamer wings
Thing is, at this point we Minnesotans say that about every warm and sunny day. "Beautiful day!" comes the greeting. "Yup, probably the last one for this year," comes the reply. Just in case that's true, I'm posting a few more photos of this year's fall color, all taken about October 1 right here in our yard.

Looking down our street
We were told that because of the very dry conditions and a counterproductive temperature cycle, the colors this year were likely to be very subdued. And indeed, some trees simply turned brown and dropped everything at the first breeze.

Northwoods Maple in our front yard
But there was color to be found, and the urban forest where we live did quite well indeed. The color in these photos is mostly gone now, but the late-turning trees still beckon, along with shrubs, grasses, and the occasional planter of fall flowers. I am enjoying it all, as long as it lasts.

18 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

Beautiful images, Nancy! The leaves here are pretty much all down. But it is a wonderful day! Wish we could have some more of it! It's perfect!

Red said...

Oh I'll bet that it's not the last nice day! You have a very colorful area with your fall trees.

DJan said...

Yup. Last nice day. Until the next one! :-)

Rubye Jack said...

Your street looks really beautiful. I think we've still got a ways to go with the warm days. Seems like I remember it getting cold around Halloween. We shall see.

Jeanie said...

Your fall photos are just wonderful! It is such a lovely time of year, isn't it? And looking down at your Mississipi mud -- well, your little one is as cute as anything I've ever seen!

Stephen Hayes said...

Your last beautiful day was so much more beautiful than our last beautiful day here in Portland.

Kitty Moore said...

Beautiful photographs.. I need to read back and catch up on what you've been up to! x

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

That is our fall, too! Some trees just didn't bother with color, they just gave in. Which makes the trees that did turn seem even more remarkable!

Savor the last day...each and every one of them!

Jeanie said...

Your photos are very pretty. I think we may have had our last nice day. We left town for a couple of days and returned to very strong wind that was taking the last of the leaves off the trees.

Chantel said...

The Butterfly Weed seeds are angelic! Marvelous pics!

Ms Sparrow said...

I had to smile over the statement that we always say it's probably the last warm day. It's so true! You have a lot of lovely trees lining your street. A good friend lives on Hamline by Chelsea School. There was a row of huge elm trees but they've been felled by dutch elm and now her's is the only one left. It's so sad.

Cait O'Connor said...

I found your blog through George's. The title just drew me over and I love your blog and your philosophy which is very similar to mine - I am a grandmother too and agree with your motto - 'Life is uncertain, eat dessert first'.

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Far Side of Fifty said...

You had some great color in your yard! I enjoyed that warm weather too..we went for a drive..no coat needed! Hopefully we will have a few more days just like it! The rain came on Wednesday and it has been gently falling since then:)

Paula Wooters said...

I've been lamenting the lack of color in the leaves this fall. *sigh* Still doesn't stop me from reveling in these last warm days of fall.

Green Monkey said...

beautiful! I especially love the "butterfly weed seeds floating on gossamer wings" !! and your street is so lovely!

WhisperingWriter said...

I so love fall colors!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Lovely fall captures!

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