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#Autumn down a country lane in New England Take Two: Sugar Maple Splendor

#Autumn down a country lane in New England Take Two: Sugar Maple Splendor

I found a few more photos in my iPhone…

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We have several historic cemeteries in town with beautiful trees.


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Consider this a continuation of yesterday’s post. (There’s even some identification going on regarding the “oreo cows”. File that under “things I never thought I’d discuss in a combox”, but it’s been fun!)

Note: Something is wacky with my latest IOS upgrade. Sometimes, photos are sideways when viewed on different devices. I don’t know how to correct this yet. So apologies on those portrait-style photos. I’m trying to find out why as they look right side up when I put the post together. Hm. Any insights on this, please leave me a note in the comments. Thanks.

#Autumn down a country lane in New England. (Yes, I do live in a postcard.)

#Autumn down a country lane in New England. (Yes, I do live in a postcard.)

The first real frost is forecasted. After that, well, you never know what the colors will be. So late this afternoon as I drove home from my weekly grocery run, the cows called to me and I had to stop and take their picture. The light was coming in at a beautiful angle, and I was dreaming of buying an expensive camera in that moment. I got over it. The iPhone will have to do. I’ve driven past this scene, and many of the cows’ brethren, for twenty years. But there’s always something a bit whimsical seeing it in fall. When I first moved here from the hustle of Long Island, I used to joke with my friends that I now live in a post card. It’s not a joke anymore. I really do. And I’ve learned to live in the woods rather than at the beach, and I’ve learned there is peace in rolling footpaths are there are in rolling waves.

You can click on any photo to make it larger.

Happy Fall!

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These are the cows. We called them “oreo” cows when the kids were small. I’m sorry I don’t know the exact breed, but they are always this color, with a creamy white middle. That tree out in the middle of the field is one I watch in every season. I love that tree.

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Something about the expression on this bovine’s face reminds me of my dog. If you knew my dog, you’d know.

 

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Stone walls are everywhere here. Lots of granite and such.

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I loved this tree too. As I walked past, the sunlight made it even more golden. See the next photo.

 

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It was a moment. The photo does not do it justice, but God loves this tree.

 

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Pond is a bit still, usually there is a strong spring that feeds it, but its been a little droughty here.

 

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St Francis

 

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These might be the last of the mums before the frost comes.

 

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Tree canopy overhead.

My previous fall post from last year is here, and from the old blog here, and this one has some of my favorite barns in it, here.

 

Zipping Down Country Lanes in New England… and walking them too…

Zipping Down Country Lanes in New England… and walking them too…

First, with an emphasis on zip…

Yes, we needed something other than MGB for the cooler weather… or maybe that was just needing something cooler. Period. (Let me tell you what a great husband I have….)

(Let me tell you what a great husband I have….he knows I’m a road warrior. He knows I love blue, too! )

Bob and I were sharing a car for while. But this summer, as he began a new job, he suggested I take this for a test drive… He didn’t have to ask twice. I’ve loved these cars since I saw one on vacation in 2003. 10+ years later, the “emptying nest”can handle this. As a former ad copywriter, I certainly appreciate zippy ad copy too, but I digress…

I'm in love with this little turbo!

I’m in love with this little turbo!

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Meanwhile, back on those country lanes, this is “high season” when “leaf peepers” from around the world visit New England and enjoy the fall foliage. We are about at about 30% “turned” right now, but things are getting more gorgeous by the day. Let me show you some of my local views. (FYI: You can click on the images to make them larger.)

I pass these ladies pretty regularly…

I pass these ladies pretty regularly…

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She is outstanding in her field.

She is outstanding in her field.

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Shadows getting longer...

Shadows getting longer in the afternoons…

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I love walking to these pastures.

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We have many ponds in our neighborhood. I love the cloud reflections after some recent rainfall.

Many ponds in our neighborhood. Love the reflections.

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”  (1 Chronicles 16: 31)”

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“…let the field exult, and everything in it!” (1 Chronicles 16:32)

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“Then shall the trees of the wood sing for joy before the LORD…” (1 Chronicles 16: 33)

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“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever!” (1 Chronicles 16: 34)

Around our yard…

St Francis feeds the birds.

St Francis feeds the birds.

Mary, with the "burning bush" behind her.

Mary, with the “burning bush” behind her.

Brady, not quite as heavy as the pumpkin.

This is Brady, my pumpkin-sized pooch. Clearly he is not impressed by it.

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Previous autumn posts… on leaf blowers.

From the archived Among Women blog: “God’s World” by Edna St Vincent Millay, plus a poem by Maria Johnson, and finally my photo essay on barns.