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An Ode to Autumn

Oh, Autumn, you are upon us once again.
You’ve moved in so subtly, until your presence was quite unmistakable.
I could sense your arrival on the wind; from the scent of rotting leaves, smoking wood fires, and a cool crispness in the air, so tangible.
I could hear you too, in the chilly winds rustling the papery leaves, brittle, yet still clinging to the creaking trees; in the hoot of owls calling to one another, deep in the night, and in the buzz of busy bees preparing for winter.
But most of all I could see you, in the shortened days, bursting with the brightest shades of purple, red, orange and yellow, transforming every growing thing. And I could see you also, in the inky black crows, lurking amongst the trees.
It is time to bring out our beloved hats, scarves, and sweaters, which I have missed dearly,
and spend our days wandering and exploring in the brisk, exhilarating air.
And though I may be a bit sad to part with our dear old Summer, I am pleased to see you, and I bid you WELCOME!
I look forward to the many nights spent in, curled up with a warm cup of tea, and a good book or two.
And now that I’ve shared my welcome greeting, please make yourself at home; our time together will be short, as Winter is heading this way, so I hear.

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Yours Truly,

Lady S

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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

I find it fascinating, that there are billions and billions of tiny creatures around us that are vital to our very survival, yet largely go unnoticed…(unless of course, their presence has become a nuisance).
What are these creatures, you ask? Bugs, of course!
It is estimated that there are currently, about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 insects around the world. (10 quintillion! I didn’t even know such a number existed.)
I think it’s amazing to learn about their intricacies and how we absolutely, couldn’t live without them. Funny how so many people find bugs terrifying, but most don’t realize, those pesky things are just doing their very own, distinct and special job(s) and those jobs are every bit as important as ours, (if not more so)!
I wanted to write this post to share a little love, and appreciation for possibly, the most under appreciated species on earth…bugs!

If you would like to read a book on the subject, A Buzz in the Meadow, is a good place to start. Know, that it comes from a secular worldview, but still offers valuable information about the intricate details of the lives of these tiny critters. It communicates, just how little we truly, understand about creation and the function of most things on this planet.

I, personally, find it very difficult to believe that the complexities of this world are simply the product of random chance. Rather, I see a world thoughtfully, and artfully designed by an intelligent and divine Maker…and I am grateful.

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Orb-Weavers are my favorite spider, I think.
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Not sure what type of bee this is…but he just had a wonderful pollen bath.
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I love to watch honey bees at work!
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This guy-or-gal just finished a nice breakfast of, “bee”.
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Ever seen a “Cat-faced spider”? Don’t worry, they’re not poisonous.
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Spiders are so talented! And also very symmetrical.

 

Then God said; “Let the earth bring forth the living creatures according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. Genesis 1:24

Posted in Adventure, photography

Mountain Calling

It was my sister’s day off from work, and she was complaining about staying home. She said, that we seem to do all the fun stuff while she’s busy slaving away at work. (I mean grocery shopping is so very entertaining and all.) So to appease her, we decided to sacrifice a day of being home, and actually go somewhere.

Slightly last minute as it was, we decided to head up to the mountains!
The drive takes close to an hour, so we had to rise bright and early to get there before the heat settled in…(our usual upper 90’s).

After lots of twists, and turns, car-sickness, and ear popping from the elevation, we made it all the way up! We stopped at a trail near the top of the mountain that we had never explored before…and now it has got to be one of our favorite places.

It had rained the night before so everything was cool, damp and fresh. There were delicate wildflowers everywhere, wild strawberries, raspberries, mushrooms and thick spongy moss. There were majestic pines, birch groves, and so many grasses and plants that I couldn’t even begin to list them. From our vantage point, the misty view of the mountains in the distance, and the flowering meadow below was breathtaking. (I would really like to try painting it.) I felt like I was in Narnia, or Middle-earth.

But alas, the day was not without a few bumps in the road. (As with any adventure.)

Since this outing was quite spur of the moment, we were a bit unprepared, (camera-wise anyway). The wrong lens was on the camera, so I was very limited in what I could actually photograph. And secondly, the memory card was almost full so I had to quickly delete whatever I could, to be able to take a handful of photos.

The third very unfortunate event was a big-fat parking ticket. While we were off enjoying our adventure, we didn’t know how much our little walk was going to cost us. We hadn’t actually planned to explore this spot, and take off down the trail like we did. And after returning from our longer than expected hike, coming very close to cardiac arrest, while trekking back to the parking lot, (in the thin air, I might add), wanting only water and an air conditioned car, we were in for a surprise. Lo and behold, patiently waiting on our windshield was a parking ticket with an $80 fine!!

Here’s a lesson, kids: always pay the $3 day fee. Always.

While that put a significant damper on our mood, I can still look back fondly on everything else.

I’ll stop jabbering now, and share a couple of the photos:

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This reminds me of something Anne Shirley would enjoy. Can I pretend to be her?
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10,679′ above sea level.
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There were so many butterflies…and other scarier, clicky, buzzing, flying bugs.
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Check out that awesome mountain-color-gradient in the distance.
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Say, ‘hi’ sisters.
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The only decent shot of this cool, dripping, mossy, rock-cave thing. Doesn’t do it justice.

While the day was a bit of a fail in the camera department (and parking -_-), I guess at the very least I was able to enjoy it with my actual eyeballs. And in the end, I’m so glad we took the journey.

And it was a fun day spent with my mom, and sisters……I guess.

Just kidding.

 

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RAIN

Sooooooo, it rained the other day…and…well… it was a pretty big deal.

Why such a big deal, you ask?  Because you see, I live in the desert.

I love the rain so much, but sadly I don’t get to enjoy it very often.
I can’t even remember the last time it did rain.
I’ve always longed to live in a place where it rains all of the time…or at least on a somewhat, regular basis. But, maybe the reason I love rain so much is because it’s so rare around here. I sometimes, wonder if the people that get rain all the time, lose their appreciation for it. But, I don’t think I would.

We get teased plenty of times, with big, dark, threatening clouds, wind, and even rumbling thunder, but rarely any actual rain. So surprisingly, this time, the clouds pulled through; and it was glorious! (And by rain, I mean a solid four, or five minutes of water falling violently from the sky, before packing up and heading off to the next stop.)

So then, of course, I went outside to capture some images of the aftermath.

Oh, and by the way, this is about the extent of ‘monsoon season’ around here.

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Wet leaf.
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Wet wood.
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Majestic apple.
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CUMULONIMBUS! I like that word. I learned it from, Up.
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Hollyhock! Pretty, right?
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One drop, two drop, three drop, blue drop.

Well thanks for, “dropping” by! (see what I did there, eh?)

I hope you enjoyed your visit, and come back soon!