Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall is here

Fall is here.  If you walked outside here today you'd know it.  It's only 48 degrees and windy.  Brrr!  It's blowing many of the leaves you'll see in the following pictures off the trees.  I took these last Thursday and just haven't had time to share them.  Life here is so full, rarely a moment to stop and reflect. So I must sometimes just force myself to slow down and take a breath.  Hope you will too. 

 Can't believe our backyard maple has been bare for over a week!
 Dahlias showing off before the big freeze hit. 

 The pond behind our house.  Fall has always been my favorite season. 
Love this Ash tree.  Most of the Ash trees in this region have been devastated by the emerald ash borer (EAB) but this one survives, for now.  Ash have great fall color. 
 Love the New England Aster that grows wild here. 
 So did these cute little green guys! He is a relative of the sweat bee.  Genus: Augochloropsis, Common Name: Green Bee or Metallic Sweat Bee
 Berries of an Easter Red Cedar. 

 The red vines you see on this tree are Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).  They are one of the first things to change in the fall and have the most beautiful color.  They have been climbing up the many dead ash trees in the area and making quite the fall display.  So there is at least one small positive aspect of the loss of so many trees, although I'm sure there are many other good things that will come of it as well.
 Cooler full of apples that our extended family helped us slice, peel and core on Saturday.  I canned 16 quarts of applesauce from these on Sunday night. Still have a half bushel of fresh apples to use as well!
 Just a small sampling of the over 5 gallons of peppers that we harvested from the garden on Sunday afternoon before the big freeze that night. Also harvested some fall spinach to make a nice apple walnut, raspberry pomegranate salad!  It was delish and nutrish!   
Rescued a few dahlias and other flowers before the freeze as well.  They are making our house look and smell wonderful. 

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