Wednesday, October 23, 2013

An Autumn Day

Fog greets me in the mornings as Stella Jays fly single file from treetop to treetop,

Waiting for me to fill the feeders on my morning walk.

Dew drops cling to every surface, highlighting nature's artistry.

A tiny Douglas Squirrel waits for me to replenish his favorite treat.
Chickadees, Towhees, Nuthatches, and Mourning Doves twitter in the nearby trees, while Jays stand guard.

As the sun breaks through the fog, golden leaves seem to glow from within.

Planted years ago as tiny saplings, the Russian Ash never fail to brighten these lovely Autumn days.

Mushrooms carpet the forest floor - parasols for the fairies.

Happy companions keep me company.

The morning hush broken only by the dry leaves beneath our feet and the creaky sound of tree frogs.

I stop to admire the vibrant Sedum with rosy Autumn hues,

As the garden puts on one last show -

In memory of summer's glorious sunsets.

As the fog begins to lift, sunshine warms my face.

Illuminating burnished hillsides.

Keeping Begonia and Fuchsia blooming past their time,
while Japanese Maple turns to fire.

I spend the day potting bulbs.
Winter Pansies replace summer blooms.

And as I prepare the evening meal, long, thin rays of Autumn sunlight
fall on trunks of ancient trees outside the kitchen window.

Lengthening the shadows,

Painting the sky.

And when the full moon rises, the coyotes sing their wild, lonely songs. 


  1. What a wonderful autumnal post Karen! You live in a wild, charming place where everything is so authentic and comes directly from the nature. I loved the dark photo with the shadows taken from your kitchen , so atmospheric cooking there...
    Have a nice day!

  2. What a magical world surrounds you. I adore your plant stand :) have a lovely day.

  3. Love all the autumn colors in these pics. I think the fog really adds a lot of beauty to them :)

  4. such incredible beauty. this post is filled with gratitude and love. :)

  5. What a lovely post! It helps to remind me to cherish all the moments of nature - there's always something to be amazed about. BTW, that spiderweb picture is perfect:)

  6. Everything is beautiful as always :)
    The atumn just so lovely around your house.
    Hope you're well.

  7. What a lovely day - I love the Stellar Jays that we have here. We saw some Blue Jays in Wisconsin last summer, and while they are pretty too - they seem pale compared to our Stellars. Wonderful photos of the fog and the sun and the mountain. Fabulous moon too.

  8. Beautiful Autumn day photos. What a wonderful place to live.Simply full of beauty.. Thank you for sharing... Hugs May x x x

  9. Oh Karen!! Such beauty in your autumn days. I can not get over that shot of the spider's web! It is like something out of a fairy tale! And your color is still dazzling in the garden. We don't have much left here as we have had some pretty hard frosts these past few days. I hope that you continue to have beautiful moments of autumn in the weeks to come!

  10. Oh Karen you have me longing for a trip to the west coast where the beauty of nature and the mountains calls my name. Your photos are incredible you are truly blessed to have such beautiful surroundings and we are lucky that you share them with us. These scenes also give that extra beat:) Hug B

  11. A nice series Karen. I especially like the black and whites. The tonality in those is perfect!!

    Greetings to you from the Netherlands,

  12. Beautiful shots and I like your happy companions!

  13. The fall colors, the hills, and the last of the summer flowers all make for beautiful country and you certainly captured them at there best....That spider web is certainly a work of art.....

  14. I love the vibrant fall colors you captured in all your photos. I don't think I've ever seen a spider web that I thought was pretty....until now. Thanks for sharing.

  15. That spider web shot is way cool! And the Japanese Maple is really on fire. I've always loved those!

  16. Okay -- I would not want to run into that web and yes indeed nature artistry.. Beautiful surroundings to take a morning walk in... love seeing you part of the world and how the weather is doing.. I have to say I don't like to drive in fog... but I do like to watch it lift off the ground toward the sky.. Lovely post..

  17. Beautiful photos and such gorgeous scenery. I remember it well. Trying to catch up with my favorite blogs now after a break! Hope all is well.


  18. Karen, that was a beautiful post!
    That spider web was awesome and what cute little mushrooms that look like summer hats.

  19. Your post with lovely photos left me mesmerised. I can feel the cool autumn breeze touching my face, the sound of nature is soothing, relaxing putting me to sleep. You are surrounded with God's beautiful creation my friend. Enjoy and thank you for sharing.

    Have a good weekend


  20. Such beauty :) Your photos never cease to inspire ad amaze me. I love the spider's web picture - what a lovely capture. So nice to visit you, Karen. Thinking of you, friend. Hugs!

  21. The scenic views around your home are amazing. Your days look like they are filled with joy and beauty! We are having a very foggy morning like the one in the first photos of your post... our walk to school was misty and just like walking through a cloud! Thank you, Karen, for your wonderful comment on my new print - it means a lot to me. I hope you have a good weekend!

  22. Karen, I read one of your post that phrase and wrote -the simplest things are the best. Love the autumn is the time to admire the scenery take a good wine!
    Douglas that delights you every morning and wait, that spider web awesome!!!
    Big kiss for u and a beautiful weekend friend!

  23. Wow! I love where you live. I live in the foothills of So. Cal. They do not show the seasons as beautifully as your hills do. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  24. Beautiful world we live in and thanks for sharing the photos from little corner of the world. We've had fog here as well all week. Phil is out mowing the lawn, it's been too wet to cut and now it's tall. We've been busy too. My hydrangeas are turning a beautiful rose color. I just planted my pansies and need to plant my tulip bulbs. Maybe I'll dry those, too. Have a good weekend.

  25. I love it when the only sound I hear is the crackling of the leaves beneath my feet. We are letting two of our cleared acres go back to nature. You can never have too many trees! <3


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