Although the weather has turned cooler the past few days, the month of October has been a series of one lovely fall day after another here in Minnesota. The temperatures were above normal, the sun was almost always shining, and the fall colors seemed more vibrant than usual. Like many, the weather drew me outdoors and I often found myself reaching for my phone to capture some of the beauty just outside my front door. All the photos below were taken with my iPhone 5s and edited in Instagram.
This first photo was taken in the evening and features a small border garden along our granary with Sedum and ornamental grasses. All of the red hues captured my eye.
Outside in the garden one morning, I stopped to take a picture after noticing the rays of sunshine highlighting the yellow maple, contrasted with the still-blooming shrub roses and Russian sage in my garden. The barn in the background was the perfect backdrop.
The lovely morning sunlight caught my eye once again a week or so later, as it lit up the Autumn Blaze Maple outside my bedroom window.
And finally, this picture is from the woods that surround our home, spilling down the hillside to the river and to our field. In the evening, as the sun would start to set, the warm light would shine through the yellow canopy of leaves and the scene felt so magical. For about a week, I made sure to step outside each evening to take in the spectacle of light.
Wherever you might live, I hope your fall has been equally as splendid. While the leaves have all fallen off the trees now, perhaps we will still be blessed with a few more days of warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. Once can always hope! 🙂
The thing that I like least about blogging is the writing part. Sometimes I just do not have anything particularly interesting to say.
The thing that I love about blogging is the pictures. I love to take pictures. I love to see other people’s pictures. And I love to share my pictures.
So, that’s exactly what I am going to do in this post – just share a few of my pictures. As I looked at the latest collection of my shots, I noticed a lot featuring various shades of red. Below are just a few.
Our prairie-fire crabapple tree outside the kitchen window is full of red fruit and reddish leaves.
A closer-up view of the fruit. And notice the red granary is in the background.
My Autumn Joy Sedum plants have turned a very dark pinkish-red. Even after several hard frosts, they are still looking good.
Some leaves from one of our many Autumn Blaze Maple trees around here. While many other trees have shed their leaves, these are hanging on to theirs for now.
While walking through the woods behind the house to mark small maple trees for transplanting next spring, I came across this red fence post. It is a remnant from the previous owners who once had cattle in the woods around the house.
Our singular Amur Maple tree is showing off some nice shades of red.
And one of my favorite sites around here…our red barn.
A view of two of the brilliant-colored Autumn Blaze Maples.
And last, but not least, here come the guys across the field on our Razor – Jesse on the left and our youngest behind the wheel. Ok, this picture does not really fit into my “red” theme, but I like it anyhow. And there are some red trees in the background. 🙂
We have spent today starting our preparations for winter. Jesse started his first round of the leaf battle and I stayed inside to remove screens and wash the windows. I want to make sure I have clear and unobstructed views when the snow starts to fall. 😦
We woke up Sunday morning to a dreary sky, cool temperatures and giant snowflakes streaming down. After a trip to church, we hunkered down for a relaxing day around home. All three kids were under one roof, with our older two home on a long weekend break from West Point. We had our usual Sunday brunch of crepes and homemade sausage and Jesse fired up the smokehouse in the afternoon to do some cold-smoking.
As the day went on, the snow eventually turned to a slushy mix that coated the ground.
Jesse cold-smoked some cheese and almonds for snacking and some pork chops for dinner. (You can see my earlier post on cold-smoking almonds and cheese here.) As usual, everything turned out delicious. Yum!!
With temperatures only reaching into the 40’s, we had the fireplace going to cozy up the house. We did not go anywhere all day. What a treat for all of us.
And just like that…the weekend was over and we had to return the kids to the airport early this morning for their trip back to New York and West Point. Winter is definitely on its way though…and although it is my least favorite season, the silver lining is that it also means that more breaks from school are on the way… along with some more cozy family time. I sure can’t complain about that. 🙂
Fall has definitely arrived here in Minnesota and as usual, I am way behind in drafting posts about what has gone on around here. I have taken hundreds of photos over the summer, but putting those photos into a post takes time…something I always seem to be lacking.
I took this photo of our front porch today. We harvested our pumpkins a few weeks ago and have kept them in the barn until yesterday. With a cool and rainy day upon us, we decided it was time to bring them out and display them on our front steps. The bright orange sure livens up the entrance to our house!
We have decided to take a year off from growing pumpkins and squash after a nasty infestation of squash bugs for the second year in a row. (You can read more about squash bugs here).
If you have not dealt with these buggers in your garden, be happy. They are disgusting and we just do not want to deal with them next year again. We are hoping the absence of their favorite feeding ground for a year will break the cycle and we can resume growing pumpkins and squash without battling those bugs all summer long. We took a year off from growing potatoes after repeated infestations with potato bugs and it seemed to work. Being cautious, we planted a small row of potatoes this year and enjoyed a potato bug-free season!
On the bright side, we did manage to battle through the squash bugs and grow some pumpkins before they totally destroyed the vines. Our squash crop however, was a total loss.
My ferns on the porch are continuing to thrive in this cooler weather. I hate the thought of them being killed off by the frost. I may try to bring them inside and see how long I can stretch out their life into the fall and winter.
I hope you are enjoying the fresh air and bright colors of fall in your part of the country.