Sunday, September 21, 2008

Autumn on the prairie

I meant to post on Friday, to try to get some things written down after the week sped by in a blur, but here it is Sunday already Last week was indeed a short one, since the kids only had four days of school. (Don't even get me started on the fact that the teachers had an inservice day and it's only September). But it was a good week. Aunt Ann's surgery went well, and we spent the few days that she was here enjoying our time together. Other than taking the kids to and from school, I was at home all day, which was a nice change from my usual galavanting around. In the mornings I worked around the house, she kept her foot propped up and did some reading, and then we took a break for lunch. It was a treat to have the time to talk, uninterrupted, and we touched on many of our favorite subjects including books and family lore. It seems we're never at a loss for topics. The afternoon was much the same, with a break for tea.
On Friday, the kids, the dog and I went for a hike in the open space outside of town. I took the camera and while I was snapping shots, they were running with dog and keeping an eye out for other walkers and dogs, so as to keep Abby out of their way.
Fall is coming to the prairie. It's such a pretty time of year.
I don't know what this plant is, but the pods on it are huge and not quite dried out yet.
Reflections in the pond.
Yucca plants are all over the prairie. The flowers in spring are so pretty, but I think the dried pods have a beauty all their own.
Flowers After our walk, we stopped to rest and take in the view. If you look in the center of the photograph, you can see the path. Luke and Em are sitting on a bench that my Dad had the city put in, in memory of my Mom. It's a beautiful spot, one that attracts all sorts of wildlife, including hawks and various creatures of the four-legged variety. The mountain to the far left is Long's Peak.

12 comments:

alexandra said...

those pods are milkweed. favorite food of monarch butterflied.

Lea-Ann said...

Beautiful pix!

BClark said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures great views. From all my moving I have been lucky enough to see many parts of our great country. There is beauty all around us.
I like those yucca pods, will have to keep my eye out for them. The milk weed we have around here and I have carefully mowed around them knowing the butterflies like them. When the pods are dry I have sprayed them gold and used them in wreaths. Bet the Yucca would look great also.
I am enjoying the canning, knowing what is in the food, no chemicals etc. Once I got the hang of it, things move right along. Learning as I go. Thank you again

Lynne said...

You have some beautiful country out there. Definitely a state I'd like to visit some day.

Patty said...

Thanks for the lovely pics. You make an ordinary day sound so wonderful!

Jen said...

I love the fact you have a memorial bench for your mother. How sweet and a great reminder for you. I loved the pictures. I want to plant my yellow mums from my aunts funeral in honor of her....maybe a Dogwood too....hope your enjoying every minute of your aunt....one day you will be glad you did this.

Renna said...

The pictures are so pretty. I, too, love the look of a prairie. If the cost of real estate were not SO much higher in Colorado than where we live in Texas, we'd move there in a New York minute!

Judy said...

So beautiful!

No horizon in Michigan looks anything like that.

Sandra said...

Oh I love these photos, it's beautiful :)

gail@more than a song said...

Your photos are spectacular Karen! I love the one by the pond and the trail ones too...it looks like such a great place to be outdoors. Fall will get here eventually but we don't have that same kind of scenery here in the flatlands of the river delta...I think we're about 50 feet above sea level!

Double the blessing said...

The pictures are amazing! I love Autumn too the colors are so beautiful this time of year.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Thanks for sharing those pictures! It makes me want to come visit again!!

Xandra