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Date:8/21/2014 9:03:38 AM
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Autumn (again)
Last year about this time I wrote about the "Sounds of Autumn". Right now, for this year, Autumn has come. I can hear once again the ping of acorns falling onto the tractor shed from the overhanging oak tree. A cold front came through a couple of days ago and, while we did not get a frost, it definitely feels like fall. The leaves are starting to turn on a number of trees, not just certain maples. The sumacs are turning now, and as the oft-mentioned Hal Borland observed, "When Fall begins to creep across the land the sumac is the first to know it."

The left-most photo is the Sawtooth Sunflower. I usually see it only in areas that have just been cleared of trees that previous summer. The second photo shows both Goldenrod and Arrow Aster. The last is Largeleaf Aster. On this day my Ruthie was working on one of the flower beds next to the house. It was a beautiful, clear, fall day. I sat in the chair she had set out and as I talked with her while she worked, I stared up at the pale Autumn-blue sky and watched the fluffy cumulus clouds float by. I closed my eyes and felt the sunlight on my face. Ruthie stopped working and looked at me. "I'm not going to get much work out of you today, am I?" she observed with a smile.

I opened my eyes and smiled back, "Nope, it's just too nice of a day." I did, however, stir myself sufficiently to haul several wheelbarrow loads of dirt and plants for Ruthie. Afterwards, I asked her if she would like to photograph some Autumn wildflowers for me. We took a ride in my old black pick-up and Ruthie took the photos that I've posted to this site. Like I said, it was a beautiful, clear, fall day. Autumn is here. Let us take the time to rejoice in it! -- Gary
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