Glimpses Of Autumn

Summer has transitioned into fall and the scenery seems to be changing a little each day. These are some of the scenes we have observed over the past few weeks.

I think autumn is my favorite time to decorate. We did a bit of this at the farm. The cut sunflowers didn’t last long though. The weather was still warm and they began wilting the next day.

The pumpkins and corn stalks will last throughout the season – assuming that a hungry or curious deer doesn’t decide to take a bite.

The outdoors really doesn’t need much help with decorating though. Nature does a fine job. Maple trees seem to show their fall color early.

From pale yellow to bright red, they make an gorgeous display.

The red leaves on this oak tree had me baffled. It wasn’t until I got close that I realized that the red leaves were not oak, but a Virginia Creeper vine that was climbing on the tree.

Despite our early frost there are still wild flowers in bloom.

Some of our hardy annuals are still providing color as well.

Even a few hibiscus buds have continued to open.

The leaves are beginning to coat the ground

and drift on the water.

Under an oak tree is no longer the best place to picnic – unless you don a hard hat to protect yourself from the falling acorns. Upon seeing and hearing the nuts fall I mentioned to my husband that I suspected there was a squirrel in the tree throwing the nuts down at us. He laughed and assured me that these nuts were just falling naturally as nuts do this time of year.

Interestingly there are no hickory nuts this year. Last year we had many hickory nuts and fewer acorns.

The frost turned the forsythia leaves a dark purple color.

Yet the lilac leaves remain green.

The deer are still comfortable grazing in the field.

They tend to disappear mid November once firearm season begins.

Thanks for visiting.

Do you enjoy decorating for the different seasons or holidays?

22 thoughts on “Glimpses Of Autumn

    1. Thanks Rory. Our early Autumn was really nice weather. It’s now gotten colder with lots of wind and rain. Snow in the forecast for tomorrow but it won’t be cold enough to stay on the ground. It’s suppose to warm back up next week. Like another reader said – it’s like a roller coaster ride.

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  1. What a colorful post Ruth! Very nice! Are you going to have a Halloween get together for the family like you’ve done in the past? It is on a Saturday this year. Your sunflowers are beautiful and I like the harvest decor. I like what you did with the cornstalks – very festive. I’ve taken a few harvest decor photos around the neighborhood to use this month – wanted to get them before we had a torrential rain and they got waterlogged. We had two Oak trees in the backyard for years and they got Carpenter Ants and we had to have them taken down. Before that though, we had a metal shed that sat on the easement. The acorns would drop from the tree, but also, the squirrels would go up in the tree, get the acorns and throw (or drop) them onto the metal shed’s roof. For a month or so, you’d hear plink, plink, plink as the acorns dropped … drove my mom crazy! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Linda. We have decided not to have a Halloween party since we don’t know what the weather will be like and the best practice nowadays is gathering outdoors. This Saturday is supposed to be nice so we might have some family over for a picnic.
      My husband moved some of the pumpkins into the barn after discovering bite marks (from a deer) on one. We want to give them to our grandkids and niece and nephew to carve.
      We hear those acorns falling as they hit the tops of bee hives or picnic tables. Sometimes it gets very noisy. Ah the sounds of the season. πŸ™‚
      Yesterday was a very blustery day and a lot of leaves fell from the hickory trees.

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      1. Well that makes sense – hopefully the picnic tomorrow will compensate for not having the Halloween event. I didn’t know deer ate pumpkins. According to my friend who lives in a rural area near Rochester, New York, they love all her plants, berry bushes and birdseed. They tip the feeder to the side for ease of eating. πŸ™‚ Yesterday was so blustery – I heard the wind all afternoon. No power losses near me, but other counties had some issues.

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      2. It does seem that deer will taste nearly anything. The plants that I have not seen them at least nibble on are usually highly fragrant plants like lavender, garlic, and other herbs. The can really be a nuisance. Thankfully we didn’t have any issues with power outages either.

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      3. I will have to ask my friend Carol if she has planted those items. The deer especially love her hostas – at this point, I guess I’d just quit planting anything. It’s supposed to be a super weather weekend – it makes up for that really chilly week.

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  2. Fall is a lovely time of year. We are still enjoying the zinnias in our garden. Just posted about them with photos. They are cheerful, colorful flowers. Do you keep them in your garden? They are deer resistant—wonderful!

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  3. We have heard the acorn crop is well here this year. Someone mentioned that it would keep the bears busy for awhile. We shall see. Fall seems to bring lots of activity to the wildlife here. We are seeing many we thought nocturnal during the day. Randy spotted a bobcat midafternoon in a field near the house and there was a beautiful fox on trailcam, as well as our usual culprits.
    The colors are starting and growing more vibrant every day. We too have the brilliant red vines. I was assuming they were poison ivy because we have so much of it. Now I am curious if they are Virginia Creeper. I can’t wait to drive along the Parkway and see the stunning vistas from there. Fall is so glorious and I know winter here should be easier than Michigan. But I dread the shorter days of winter, so for now I will soak up all the beauty and not look ahead.

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    1. It seems that the deer are spending more time under our picnic oak tree than usual so I think they may be eating acorns as well. I’ve even seen ranger pick up some acorns but he hasn’t actually eaten them. I am glad we don’t have bears to eat them.
      I understand that Poison Ivy and Virginia Creeper might grow side by side so you might have both. Be careful.
      Dad and I were talking the other day about the drive along I-69 in the fall. One of the prettiest in this area.
      Living in the moment is a good plan. πŸ’–


    1. Yes they are wild. We have a love-hate relationship with them. It’s fun to see them grazing in the fields, drinking from the pond and rearing their young. They are beautiful but they can be destructive. We must put fence around anything that we don’t want deer to eat.


  4. Lovely pictures Ruth, esp. the ones with the cornstocks and pumpkins. Your red barn is a thing of beauty! I haven’t started decorating for fall yet, am still hoping for nice weather and not seeing too much leaf change here yet.

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    1. Thanks Joni. It does look like we have some nice weather ahead in the 10 day forecast at least. We have had several days with frost in the morning that have really triggered the leaf change. We see more fall colors every day.

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