TWO DAYS IN AUTUMN...

 

ALL THE PICTURES BELOW WERE TAKEN ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 AND

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007.  THE MIDDLE SECTION HAS LOTS OF PICTURES

WITH FAMILY AS WELL.

 

(added a few more now at the bottom)

 

 

BEFORE WE HEADED OUT FOR THE DAY, I TOOK THIS SHOT STANDING

ON MY LITTLE PORCH LOOKING OVER THE TOPS OF THE LILACS TOWARD

THE MAPLE JUST BEYOND. I REALLY LIKE THE WAY IT LOOKS LIKE THE

ORANGE IS NESTED IN THE GREEN, AND THE PERFECTLY BLUE SKY

MADE SUCH A GREAT BACKDROP.

 

 

WE HEADED NORTH FOR AN HOUR UP 79. THIS ONE AND THE ONE BELOW

I TOOK THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD. IL DIVO WAS PLAYING ON THE CAR

CD AND IT WAS A SIMPLY LOVELY DRIVE.

 

 

 

THIS IS THE FIELD RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE MAIN PARKING AREA AT

McCONNELL'S MILL.  THE MAPLE ON THE RIGHT HASN'T GOTTEN ITS

FULL ORANGE YET, BUT I ALWAYS LOVE THE RED MAPLE ON THE LEFT.

 

 

WHILE WE WAITED FOR JEFF, LAURA, KIMBERLY, JOEY, EMILY, AND

ISABELLA TO ARRIVE, I WANDERED AROUND TAKING PICTURES.

 

 

SOME OF THE COLORS COME IN CLUMPS...

 

 

WHILE OTHERS ALREADY COVERED THE WHOLE TREE. I LOVE IT WHEN

THERE ARE ALL DIFFERENT SHADES ON THE SAME TREE.

 

 

 

 

DIRECT SUNLIGHT ON YELLOW MAPLE LEAVES...THERE'S NOTHING QUITE

LIKE IT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I WALKED ACROSS TO THE RED MAPLE AND TOOK SOME PICTURES

CLOSER UP. THIS IS LOOKING THROUGH IT BACK TOWARD THE PICNIC

AREA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOMETIMES I JUST LIKE TO LOOK STRAIGHT UP THROUGH A TREE AT THE

TRACERY IT MAKES AGAINST THE SKY.

 

 

CARL WALKS OVER TO GREET FAMILY ARRIVING IN THE CREAMY ASPEN.

THAT'S OUR GREEN CAR JUST BEHIND IT.

 

 

THIS IS MY VIEW FROM WHERE I WAS SITTING AT THE PICNIC TABLE.

YOU DON'T SEE ME, BUT YOU SEE THROUGH MY EYES, YOU SEE WHAT

I SEE.

 

 

JOEY SEES ME AT THE TABLE AND RUNS OVER.

 

 

HAVING LUNCH...

ISABELLA, LAURA, KIMBERLY, JEFF

EMILY (WITH ARMS INSIDE SHIRT), JOEY, AND CARL

 

 

KIMBERLY AND ISABELLA

 

 

EMILY, JOEY, KIMBERLY AND ISABELLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG TO HUG A TREE...OR TOO OLD!

 

 

 

 

 

A BOY AND HIS ROCK

 

 

 

 

THE REAL PURPOSE FOR AUTUMN...

 

 

STARTING DOWN THE TRAIL FROM THE FLAT PICNIC AREA TO THE RIVER

 

 

...AND THE REAL PURPOSE FOR A FALLEN TREE

 

 

JEFF AND JOEY PRETENDING TO PUSH THE HUGE LOG. THAT'S THE

TRAILHEAD BACK WHERE THE PERSON IN THE RED JACKET IS. SOON IT

BECOMES MOSTLY STEPS IN A LONG SERIES OF SHARP SWITCHBACKS

GOING DOWN THE FACE OF A NEARLY SHEER BLUFF.

 

 

 

 

LOOKING DOWN FROM THE TRAIL TO THE MILL AND RIVER BELOW

 

 

 

 

THIS WALKWAY BELOW THE MILL WAS DESTROYED WHEN HURRICANE

IVAN CAME THROUGH.  LAURA AND JEFF WITH EMILY IN FRONT.

 

Below is a picture I took of the walkway in 2004.

 

 

 

KIMBERLY AND THE SPILLWAY

 

 

LOOKING BACK FROM THAT WALKWAY TO THE COVERED BRIDGE. THAT

RIGHT END OF IT HAD TO BE REBUILT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN A

HUGE TREE CRASHED OVER ONTO IT.

 

 

 

 

 

JUST BEYOND THE BRIDGE, WE START DOWN ONE OF THE TRAILS THAT

RUN ALONG THE SIDE OF THE RIVER. I LOVE THE WAY THE ROOTS GROW

RIGHT OVER THE ROCKS.

 

 

AND, OF COURSE, THE RETREATING GLACIER THAT CARVED THE GORGE

LEFT THE TUMBLED ROCKS JUST SO KIDS COULD CLIMB ABOUT.

 

 

 

 

LOOKING ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE THICK GROWTH ON THE FAR SIDE.

 

 

 

 

AIEEE!

 

 

 

 

 

NOPE, NO BEARS.

 

 

I LOVE THE PRIMEVAL LOOK OF THIS ONE.

 

 

 

JEFF, ACCOMPANIED BY KIMBERLY AND CARL, TOOK JOEY OUT ON A ROCK

FOR A LESSON IN MAP-READING AND COMPASS-USE.

 

 

LAURA AND THE LITTLE GIRLS WAITED UP BY THE PATH. AND, YES,

THAT'S THE PATH.

 

 

FERN-FRIEND

 

 

 

HEADING BACK UP TOWARD THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS LEADING UP

THE BLUFF.  DR. JEFF HAD JUST TENDED TO A WOMAN WHO HAD FALLEN,

AND THEY WERE GOING TO GO UP AND SPEND SOME TIME AT THE PLAY-

GROUND WHILE CARL DROVE BACK DOWN TO PICK ME UP SO THE TWO

OF US COULD GO UP TO THE BLUFFS ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE RIVER. I

FIGGERED, HEY, WHY GO ALL THE WAY BACK UP THOSE STEPS WHEN

HE'S JUST GONNA DRIVE BACK DOWN RIGHT HERE AGAIN TO CROSS THE

COVERED BRIDGE. SO I SAT ON A ROCK AND WAITED.

 

 

MY VIEW FROM THE ROCK LOOKING ACROSS THE PATH UP TO WHERE

THE ROAD CUTS DOWN.

 

 

BUT IT WAS TOO PRETTY TO SIT, SO I GOT UP AND TOOK MORE PICTURES.

 

 

A STILL-GREEN OAK BOUGH HANGS NEAR THE BRIDGE. THE FIRST TIME,

IN THE MID-80'S, WHEN CARL AND I CAME HERE, WE WALKED ACROSS

THE BRIDGE AND CLIMBED UP THE FACE OF THAT BLUFF BEYOND IT.

NO STEPS OVER THERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL THE ABOVE ONES I TOOK WHILE WAITING FOR CARL.

 

 

LOG CABIN AT THE TOP OF THE BLUFF ACROSS THE RIVER. I'VE PHOTOGRAPHED

THIS THING COUNTLESS TIMES. MY FAVORITE IS THE WAY THAT YELLOW MAPLE

BRANCH DRAPES DOWN IN FRONT OF IT.

 

 

THESE NEXT ONES WERE TAKEN THERE AT THE TOP OF THE FAR BLUFF.

 

 

THE NARROW LANE RUNS DOWN BETWEEN THESE YELLOW TREES. ABOUT

10 FEET TO THE RIGHT, THE LAND DROPS OFF INTO A SHEER BLUFF.

 

 

SOME OF THE LOVELY ROCKS ALONG THE TOP OF THE BLUFF.

 

 

 

THIS IS ONE OF THE NARROWER CREVICES, BUT IT GOES DOWN ABOUT

30 FEET.

 

 

BACK IN THE CAR AND ACROSS THE BRIDGE AGAIN, THE ROAD IS ONE-WAY

LEADING OUT OF THE GORGE TO GET BACK TO THE FLAT PICNIC AREA. I LOVE

THE DRIVE OUT BECAUSE THE LITTLE ROAD RUNS BETWEEN SUCH MARVELOUS

ROCKS.

 

 

 

 

STANDING UNDER A TULIP POPLAR AS THE GANG APPROACHES.

 

 

STILL UNDER THE TULIP POPLAR BUT LOOKING BACK ACROSS THE ROAD

 

 

SOME OF THE MAPLES WERE STILL GREEN EDGED IN BRIGHT RED.

 

 

LAST VIEW OF MY RED MAPLE.

 

 

FOLLOWING THE ASPEN, TURNING THE CORNER IN PORTERSVILLE TO GET

BACK ON 79 TO HEAD HOME. CARL AND I HAD EMILY WITH US AS DOUG

AND MEGAN ARE IN NEW ORLEANS FOR THEIR HONEYMOON AND WE'RE

KEEPING HER.

 

 

HEADING SOUTH ON 79, SOME MORE SHOTS TAKEN THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS THE LAST SHOT OF THE DAY. I TOOK IT STANDING ON THE FRONT

STEPS OF OUR HOUSE LOOKING THROUGH THE LEAVES OF OUR MAPLE,

WHICH IS JUST STARTING TO TURN YELLOW. IT GOES ALL YELLOW THEN

CHANGES TO GOLD, THEN ORANGE. I LOVE ALL ITS STAGES.

 

 

SECOND DAY...MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007

 

ALL OF THESE I TOOK RIGHT AROUND WHERE I LIVE. I'VE BEEN HERE

LONG ENOUGH THAT I KNOW ALL THE TREES, KNOW JUST WHERE TO

GO TO FIND WHAT I WANT IN THE WAY OF COLOR.

 

 

THIS IS THE TOP GABLE OF THE HOUSE TWO DOORS DOWN FROM US. I LIKE

ITS ANGLES AND THE WAY THE MAPLE LEAVES LOOK AGAINST THE WHITE.

 

 

RIGHT NEXT TO WHERE WE PARK. THE MAPLE SHOWS NICELY BACKED BY

THE STILL-GREEN LOCUST AND BLUE SKIES.

 

 

STANDING IN MY FRONT YARD LOOKING PAST THE BRIGHT GREEN MAGNOLIA

AND LILACS TOWARD THE MAPLES BEYOND.

 

 

I OPENED OUR STAIR-LANDING WINDOW AND TOOK THIS ONE OUT IT.

 

 

THEN I LEANED OUT AND LOOKED TO MY RIGHT AT THE YELLOW MAPLE.

 

 

NEXT I GOT IN THE CAR AND DROVE TO A FEW OF MY FAVORITE TREES IN

THE AREA. THIS MAPLE IS A NICELY-BRILLIANT ORANGE.

 

 

SAME MAPLE

 

 

THE REST OF THESE ARE ALL IN AN AREA WE USED TO LIVE IN CALLED

MOUNT LEBANON. ABOVE ARE THE VERY DARK RED LEAVES OF A DOGWOOD.

 

 

A DIFFERENT DOGWOOD BACKED BY A STILL-GREEN MAPLE.

 

 

MORE DOGWOOD

 

 

I ADORE SASSAFRAS TREES, THAT THEY HAVE THREE DIFFERENT SHAPES TO

THEIR LEAVES AND THAT THEY TURN ALL SHADES IN THE FALL. THIS ONE IS

BACKED BY A CEDAR.

 

 

SAME SASSAFRAS, BUT A GUST BLEW ALL THE LEAVES JUST AS I TOOK IT.

I STILL LIKE THE COLORS SO IT'S HERE ANYWAY.

 

 

DEEPLY RED YOUNG ACER BACKED BY A HUGE OAK WITH JUST A BIT OF

YELLOW HERE AND THERE.

 

 

THE OAK

 

 

UNDER A MAPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER BIG OAK WITH SCATTERED YELLOW

 

 

A MAPLE WITH ONE REALLY BRIGHT CLUMP OF RED

 

 

A SWEETGUM

 

 

SAME SWEETGUM SHOWING DELICATE SHADINGS OF COLORS

 

 

SAME SWEETGUM AGAIN.  SWEETGUMS ARE QUITE GLORIOUS IN ALL THE

COLORINGS THEY MANAGE.

 

 

ANOTHER OAK

 

 

I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I'M IN ENGLAND WHEN I SEE THIS VIEW. IS TRINITY

METHODIST.

 

 

YELLOW OAK LEAVES WITH BROWN FRECKLES.

 

 

TRINITY METHODIST AGAIN

 

 

A REALLY NEAT MAPLE WITH ALL SORTS OF COLORS...REALLY GRAND!

 

 

SAME MAPLE

 

 

STILL SAME MAPLE

 

 

AND AGAIN

 

 

 

LOOKING UP THROUGH A DIFFERENT SASSAFRAS

 

 

SAME AS ABOVE

 

 

SAINT BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

 

YELLOW MAPLE BRANCH BACKED BY GREEN MAPLES

 

 

THESE STEPS REALLY APPEALED TO ME

 

 

DELICATE YELLOW TRACERY

 

 

 

AS IF THIS TRUNK WEREN'T NEAT ENOUGH IN ITSELF, IT HAD YELLOW

LEAVES RESTING ON IT.

 

 

BASE OF SAME TREE

 

 

THEN A HUGE TULIP POPLAR CAUGHT MY EYE. IT WASN'T VERY YELLOW

YET, BUT IT WAS A GREAT TREE. I FIND THAT WHEN I'M VISITING A TREE

AND FIND IT LOVELY, I DON'T SAY TO MYSELF, "MY, WHAT A PRETTY TREE!"

BUT, RATHER, I TEND TO ADDRESS THE TREE ITSELF AND GO, "MY, BUT

YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL."  I DO THAT WITH FLOWERS, TOO, THOUGH.

 

 

RIGHT NEXT TO THE POPLAR WAS A BIG OL' SYCAMORE AND THE BARK AND

THE COLORS AND THE SHAPES OF SYCAMORE BRANCHES CAN'T BE BEAT.

 

 

THEN I WENT BACK TO THE TULIP POPLAR AND STOOD AWHILE, ADMIRING

ITS FORM.

 

On the 28th of October, 2007, Carl and I drove out to Raccoon Lake and I took the

following pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then back at home, I took these within the range of two house from mine:

 

 

Top of my maple as it changes from yellow to gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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