Fall’s Last Breath

Fall did not last very long in our area.  Cold. rainy, windy weather took Fall away.  But in a small valley near my home – one small tree refused to shed its leaves.

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Fall’s Glory




orange and yellow


in Lake’s blue

floating leaves

of various hue


lightly to ground

crisp air

that does surround

as Fall’s

visual perception






Louisa May Alcott

I cannot seem to let go of the Fall season and drift into Winter.  So, I ran across quotes by Louisa May Alcott – novelist and poet.  The author of the following books: Little Women, Little Men, Joe’s Boys, and many more.  She was born November 28, 1832 and died March 6, 1888.  I thought I would place her quotes between my Fall photos that I took yesterday. It is a rainy, gloomy day today – I have finished my cooking and chores and have spare time to post.  Enjoy.


“A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well.” (Alcott)


“Love is a great beautifier.” (Alcott)


“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” (Alcott)


“We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.” (Alcott)


Nature’s Small Joys

This post started with this photo I snapped, about an hour ago, of this Juvenile Downy Woodpecker.  I capture a lot of birds on my apple tree, just outside my kitchen window.He certainly does blend in with the color of the limbs.


We had been dry here for over 2 months when we got 2/10ths of an inch of rain a few days ago.  I was amazed how well my camera captured this down pour.


The rain brought out the color on a few trees in our area.  The Fall colors have not been real good this year.


The caster beans that reseed themselves every year always have beautiful red seed pods.


Always love the blue birds.  We have an abundance of these birds year round.


This is one of our everyday garden  spiders.  They will not bother anyone – they just hang around and capture bugs. I know a lot of you ladies do not like the spider pictures.


Moths are always somewhat drab in color, yet they are still beautiful.


Pumpkins & Trees


There have been a couple of interesting and unusual stories in the U.S. news this last week. Much more interesting  than the upcoming election.

Thieves stole $2,000 (200 pumpkins) from a New Jersey farm.  Four men made 3 trips in a minivan and stole these pumpkins.  The farmer has offered a $1,000 reward.  Following this photo is a surveillance camera photo, which shows the thieves.



How awful to do this to a hard working farmer and his family.

This next story is quite funny.  A man dressed as a tree in Portland, Maine and was blocking traffic on the road.  He was arrested by the police.  His friend told the police he was just trying to study traffic patterns.  I think he could have done that without becoming a tree.


In this next picture he finally took the top of the tree off his head.  A silly young man appears.