Clipped this final rose from the garden this morning. (Should have clipped it 2 days ago before the cold hit!) Although it is fading, the scent is quite strong and beautiful. This morning it snowed a bit. So far nothing has stuck. But, as they say, winter is coming.
Goodbye, roses. See you next year!
It is a bit of sight when we take our dogs for a walk. When my husband and I walk them together, usually one of us has 3 of the dogs and the other takes 2. During our rambles on Sunday, we both took turns with all 5 so we could trade off using the camera. (Hard to have a steady hand when several excited dogs spot a deer leaping across the fields.)
It was perfect walking weather for our pups. Gus and Chico can hike for as long as we’ll take them in most weather (provided Chico is properly attired in the cold, that is!) but the pugs, with their squashed faces, don’t do hot or humid so well. However, a crisp autumn day? So good! They can go for miles if we pace ourselves properly.
They were so happy! These pictures feel a bit deceptive in one way, though: usually the leashes are an unholy tangled mess of mythic proportions. We’re talking Gordian knot or maybe Cerberus harness inspired.
The other day, we hiked the Kestrel and the Monarch trails out at Walnut Woods Metro Park. These trails are the newest parts of the park to be opened, in the middle section between the Tall Pines area and the Buckeye area. This part of the park is a meadow, but a wet meadow, if that makes sense? I love it. Here’s a broad view:
I suspect that to many, that may seem a bit bleak. But if you look closer, a meadow in fall reveals its own splendors:
Goldenrod gone to seed. It glowed in the sunlight and almost looked like snow!
Scarlet leaves at meadow’s edge.
Milkweed pods and seeds.
A very late blooming goldenrod.
It was such a gorgeous day today that we ignored our chores and took a walk in a nearby park. While there, we saw this guy:
(Click on the picture to view full size, totally worth it!) This turkey vulture was soaring overhead and almost seemed to be posing for us. Isn’t he grand?
We planted a pair of tiny kousa dogwoods about 2 or 3 years ago. They flank the entrance to our vegetable garden. Although they are different varieties of kousa dogwood, both are variegated. One is a ‘wolf eyes’ variety. I forget what the other one is. At any rate, I’ve been delighted by the show they’ve put on this autumn: the white parts on the leaves on both have turned quite pink the past few weeks, making them look rather like tricolor beech leaves do in spring. Lovely!