Flower power.


It was another beautiful Fall day here in Southeast Michigan.

My boss left Thursday morning to close up the cabin near Georgian Bay, Canada, and it seemed to me that it was not all that long ago he made that five-hour drive to open the cabin for the season. I know we compared notes all Memorial Day weekend on just how cold it was there versus here as I spent the entire five days outside working in the yard in heavy sweats, hat and gloves.

And, now … here it is … the tail end of October.

The weather was perfect to work out in the yard, after going on a long walk first. Unfortunately, though, for this communing-with-nature session, I wasn’t striving to make the yard look good, but instead putting the gardens “to bed” … I decapitated the daisies, cut down the coneflowers and reduced the rosebushes to about two feet high.  I always feel a little sad performing this end-of-season ritual, especially because the roses were still full of blooms and the aroma of their petals filled the humid late morning air.

While walking in the neighborhood this week, I noticed most of the perennials, and even some of the hardier annuals like geraniums or impatiens, still looked just as vibrant as they did all Summer, despite Jack Frost taking swipes at the landscape with his crystallized paintbrush three days in a row.

Now, the trees are ablaze in a fiery clash of colors so I took some more pictures as I strolled down Emmons Boulevard and through Ford Park and I will share them on later posts.

Today’s picture, “Curious Grasshopper”, comes courtesy of my friend Leslie Wallace. Her husband, Lester, was a finalist in the “2015 Nature Near You” Photo Contest sponsored by the Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy.  This close-up photo was Lester’s prize-winning entry.   He’s also won in prior photo contests for the same organization. If you like Lester’s up-close-and-personal grinning grasshopper, there are additional beautiful nature pics by other contributors at this link:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sixriversrlc/albums/with/72157658035922212

I really like that grasshopper’s evil-looking grin … it makes me grin as well.

“A camera is a ‘save’ button for the mind’s eye.” ~Roger Kingston

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Flower power.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    That is the best picture I have ever seen taken by a amateur photographer. Wonderful.


  2. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss linda……………I copied down Mr. Roger Kingston’s quote on “a camera is a save button for the mind’s eye”……………………I so over did the waking that I’m actually laid up not able to walk my morning walks like you………………..I have a pinched sciatic nerve in my left leg for over a week now…………………………..I will try though on Tuesday morning………………………….if it came all of a sudden it should go away all of a sudden…….I believe………………….


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – I’m sorry to hear that … don’t go back to walking too quickly and strain it. A couple of years ago in the Fall, it was such a beautiful day I decided to walk from my house to the Lincoln Park Post Office near Outer Drive to mail something. I then decided to walk to Outer Drive. I was not walking so many miles in one week. , and the next day I could barely move and had shin splits too,


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