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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Last Sunday's Hike!

So, it took a full week for the color to surface.

We were overcome, with autumn leaves, by the end of the week!

There must be color under the wooded canopy by now.

Down the two track we hiked. 

The magic had been done. 

In one week the Maple leaves had changed their color from top to bottom. A brilliant display of orange and yellow against the blue background of the sky, above.  

Made our way to the end of the path and came out into the field, to look out over the hills and fall colors. 

As we turned to walk back, the sun shone at our backs, lighting the path in Topaz, Citrine and Amber gems of fallen leaves. 

The further we walked, the more yellow the woods became. 


Under my Maple canopy. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

What A Difference A Week Makes!

Everyone in the county is exclaiming over how beautiful the fall colors are this year!

So I decided to take a walk into our woods to see if my Maple Trees were decked out in their autumn foliage  

Underneath the canopy it was still a brilliant green. 

There was an under lying yellow, a glimpse of what was to come. 

So I continued to walk the two-track until I reached the meadow. 

I found the beginning of orange, yellow and red along the perimeter of the field. 

Maples, Beeches and Poplars. 

The sky was pure drama. 

This was last Sunday's hike. The trees had started changing their colors from the outside in. The leaves still a brilliant green underneath their crowns of yellow in Hoot's Holler! 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saturday Busy Work

The sun is out and the wind has died down, so we are, outside, putting the yard to bed before the winter storms come and shut us down for five months. 

Walking through the house I noticed the light on my faux foliage. Really good silk floral designs are worth popping into your corners for a little color and texture when the gardens can't offer you blooms.   

My stack of reading materials right now! Going back to the basics of decorating, a little schooling per say!

Back outside to clip and rake and put my flower pots away!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The New Computer

The Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 won the lottery!

Took some pictures off my camera, to post on the blog, and to see the clarity of the new screen. Boy, am I happy! I was on my way to buying new lenses because the clarity of the photos were terrible on the other computer. 

Pleased as punch with the colors and light. This will carry over to fabric and wallpaper searches. Before, on the other computer, the colors were all cast in the same shade of grey. Now the highs and lows of the colors are shown in true vision.

The clarity of color and light will help with culling through the photos finding the best of the best.

So far, so good!

Monday, October 7, 2019

We Took A Little Hike

We took a little hike on Saturday, 1.5 miles to be exact. The blow downs from the straight wind, that we had a couple of years ago, were still distinctly visible. 

The slope started out pretty flat, but quickly became up the hill, over the ridge across the fall line and up the hill some more!

When you looked down from on top of the ridges you could see it was the A-train to the bottom!!

Here, at this view, we are only half way up. 

Looking north to the Sleeping Bear sand dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. South Manitou island in the distance. 

If you are familiar with the dunes then you can realize how much closer we were to heaven.  

We were up there, looking down on South Bar lake and the village of Empire. 

Quite a few hikers on the trail but seemed to be nicely spread out, on the path, so we had unobstructed views of the trees, water and sky. 

Remember, we are only half way up the mountain side. 

Nice that they built some steps on the steep grade. 

Steve and I kept on hiking and talking and laughing because of the endorphins, in our brains, springing to life!!

Oh Boy!! We are at the top looking straight down, scary!!

By the look on my buddy's face the view must have been worth the climb. 

As you can see from the half-way photos how much further up we climbed to stand at the top and look out over the world. 

There are dunes up and down Lake Michigan preventing access to the beach from the road. A huge body of sand dropped off by the receding glaciers. 

As we stood and looked out over the water we felt very small in stature. 

See where the tops of the pines are? It is a straight drop down to the lake from there. Visually, the barrier helped us feel secure, but I have seen the sand cliff break away and fall into the water before and have trepidation's of being up this high without a parachute!!

Heading down the trail looking up at the woods line we just crossed over. 

Half-way down, looking at the village of Empire through the leaves on the trees. 

Another couple of photos showing the grandeur of the moraines jutting out into the lake.  

The visibility was exceptional.

Back on flat ground!!


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