Fall is fleeting … my favorite season that fills me with awe. I am sorry to see the leaves fluttering down to the ground, now scattered in a palette of burnished hues, those burnt oranges, rich reds, beautiful burgundies and glorious golds. I enjoyed them the best I could, until a wicked windstorm began ripping those leaves that were hanging precariously by their stems and sending them flying. In a four-season state it is what it is: Fall temps fall and so do leaves.
But before the leaves fell, the ‘hood was ablaze in Autumn hues.
The flowers and birdhouse complement each other don’t they?
Here in Michigan, the harvest décor starts appearing on homeowners’ properties right after Labor Day. One September Saturday, I took the long way home, as I strolled through the ‘hood to check out the displays before Mother Nature’s wicked windstorms and/or torrential rainstorms decimated them. And, it’s not only Mother Nature messing up the décor, but our furry friends also love Autumn in the ‘hood. It’s great fun to scale the corn stalks and grab a few ears of Indian corn to munch on, or, why not take a big bite out of a previously unblemished pumpkin? Yes, those same cute squirrels you may ooh and aah over are mischievous little buggers sometimes. You’ll recall I wrote a post or two last year after I watched one squirrel tear apart a homeowners beautiful display, just to nibble on some Indian corn. When I was taking pictures, the squirrel looked at me through the corn stalks and the definite look of defiance on its furry face was priceless.
Mum’s the word …
The mums demand equal time for Fall flourishes in homeowners’ front yards. In my opinion, nothing is more vibrant. as Summer wanes and Fall ramps up, than to see cushion mums gracing porches and front gardens. I am envious of these beauties as all my chrysanthemums got leggy or water logged and turned brown … some green thumb I had.
Once again, I stumbled upon sunflowers without searching for them.
It seems ever since I went looking for sunflowers in late Summer, they keep popping up … everywhere. Yes, these are a different variety and a smaller “face” but they gave me a smile when I passed them. There were several sunflowers, some which were top heavy and the stalk was bent over.
Here are some of the sunflowers close up.
The heading said “Autumn Amble” and I’ve been ambling along, still hoping to reach my goal by year end. We had a nice run of clear weather up to the last two weeks, but I concede we needed the rain. I am happy for the time change, because on gloomy mornings, it did not lighten up until 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. sometimes.
So, this image below would be me, ambling along and happy to have accumulated 1,102/1255 miles or 1,773/2020 kilometers in 2020 – amble on!!!
Onward and upward!!