We’re on that bumpy road to autumn. Where chilly mornings give way to hot afternoons. And a light jacket becomes your best friend—never too far from reach.
We received, after weeks without, a day of rain. Just enough to brighten the fading colors of summer in the field and leave its dust-spattered signature on my newly cleaned windows. It seems drier in these last several years, than I can ever remember. The grass on the lawn, crunchy and brown. Trees’ leaves, curled and already fallen.
A sort of sad scene, as fall can sometimes be. Especially when the eagerly awaited colors are missing from the landscape.
I find myself lingering longer. Not wanting to go inside until I have found something more uplifting. And, by finding it, remind myself that it is always there. To be found, if I am patient.
Can you guess what the colored leaves belong to?
Like bright spots peeking through bent grasses.
Or a single orange butterfly that lights on the brown seed heads of Tall Ironweed, and then skips on— to Asters!
New England Asters
And the mystery plant, when all around is brown, boasting leaves in shades of orange, crimson and burgundy-- poison ivy!
Winning image for the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp competition!
The 2012 OWLStamp will be available for sale March 1, 2012 through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website and nature organizations across the state. Proceeds of the OWLStamp benefit wildlife conservation, research & education projects within the state of Ohio! I'm thrilled to have provided the winning image for such a wonderful program!
The Adventures of Red Canoe
Come along in Red Canoe as she explores the quiet backwater of Ohio's State Parks and the scenic streams and rivers of the Midwest. Discover the beauty hidden beyond the water's edge, quietly waiting, past access points, often only inches deep!
Grabbing every minute I can find to be outside--walking in it, sleeping in it ... breathing it in. The natural world has so much beauty to uncover.
It is my hope that by capturing my experiences with nature and by sharing the richness it adds to an ordinary life, others may discover the greatest gift waiting just outside their door.
A regularly appearing feature, "Have you seen..." takes a closer, more patient look at things usually not seen in a flattering light.Take a look!
The Sweetness of Spring
Each spring, as winter lessens its grip and days warm with the first fragrant breezes of a new season, we collect sap from our Sugar Maples and produce just enough syrup for ourselves for the coming year. The progress of this year's backyard endeavor is illustrated here.
A Bird's Life
Summer 2008, the tiny jewel of the avian world, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, nested just feet from my front door. Pictures of her nest and the changing lives within are collected in thisjournal.From life the size of a pea....