Leaves Of Winter

Can you tell that life has slowed down for me a bit as Cerwin has spent much of the past few weeks hunting.

My pictures involve sunsets, birds, and weather. ūüôā

DSC_2539Since I began putting Bible verses and thoughts on photos, I have been looking for new ideas.

I took these pictures on November 15.

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DSC_2547I remember last year – when taking a photography class – hearing the instructor say that he had a friend who stopped taking pictures because he ran out of things to photograph.

I am not there yet!

Beginning To Feel Like Winter

Thursday, November 13

DSC_2298This fire bush is one of the few pretty things left in our yard.

I decided to remember the beauty with a photo before it also gives in to shedding its leaves.

1 (1)It looks brilliant next to the other trees and bushes with bare branches.

1 (2)Some trees are not totally bare, but they still look wintery.

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1aThe trees that do have leaves, are brown and dry.

1bThe floor of the woods and pavilion area is covered with leaves that used to be green –¬†giving us summer shade.

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1c (3)It was only a few months ago that this lilac bush was beautiful and covered with pretty lavender flowers.

2The fern stems are also prepared for a cold winter.

3 (1)Our hosta are telling us that their season is over for another year.

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3aThe once beautiful roses look aged and ready to be clipped.

4Most of the green of summer and color of fall is gone.

5There are only a few trees left in our yard with colorful leaves still attached to the branches.

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1aaBut by the looks of the ground below, they will soon join the others with bare branches.

6 (1)Then as I was walking up the steps to our patio, I was surprised by a bit of beauty Рthe last four flowers of the season.

6aTwo light lavender and a pink yarrow.

6 (2)And the prettiest of all, a yellow one.

I went back inside my warm house to finish a mailing for one of our staff chaplains and was so surprised the next time I looked outside.

It was snowing!

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DSC_2346Yes, I now know why it felt wintry all day.

October Nature

I went¬†through photos from October – before we delivered the chapel to Pass Lake – and gathered a potpourri of shots for tonight’s post.

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Wednesday Evening, October 8

0 (1)A pretty sunset

0 (6)The blood moon was beautiful in the night sky.

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Thursday, October 9

1 (2)Evening sky

1 (7)When walking toward the house from the previous shot, I noticed one azalea bloom. This bush is usually in full-bloom in spring.

It is rare to find flowers in fall.

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Sunday, October 12

2 (2)Morning dew

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2 (16)Golden sunset

2 (17)The golden sunset created copper-colored leaves to one of our shellbark trees.

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Thursday, October 16

10-16-14 Spotted moth (1)At first I thought a leaf was stuck in our front door Рthen noticed that it was a moth.

10-16-14 Spotted moth (2)I looked up leaf-colored moths. The closest match I could find was the spotted moth. That may not be correct. There are many varieties of leaf-colored moths.

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Sunday, October 19

10-19-14 (1)Morning sunshine on our front yard trees.

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Friday Evening, October 24

10-24-14 (1)When I looked toward the west to check on the sunset, I noticed movement Рat a distance Рin the field across the road and saw a rather attractive fox .

10-24-14 (2)Even though we know there are foxes in our area, we don’t remember ever seeing one in this field.

10-24-14 (7)That evening the Lord painted one of the prettiest sunsets of the month.

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10-24-14 (3)So ends this series of nature shots.

Local Landscape

I still have a few pictures from early November Рwhen the leaves on the trees in our area were beautiful.

1 (1)It was a delightful time to take a quick picture now and then as I traveled over some local roads.

1 (2)I am sure that those of you who live in our area know where this road is by the painting on the barn on the right.

1 (3)You probably have to live pretty close to me to recognize the next few pictures.

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2 (2)I was coming home from the Lititz area when I took these two pictures.

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2 (3)I went home a different way than usual to take these two shots.

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3 (1)At home our Red Maple tree caught my attention because it was so brilliantly red this year.

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4The pretty leaves are gone now, as we experience the late Fall (which feels like early Winter) weather in Pennsylvania.

Autumn Is Here In All Its Glory

I took these pictures in a variety of places during the past week.

1 (1)Leaves are everywhere these days Рin the yard and on the patio steps.

1 (3)Those still on the trees seem to be at their peak this weekend.

1 (4)The decorative grasses are also beautiful right now.

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1 (2)   I thought these sheep looked pretty in the early morning sunlight as I traveled to Curves a few days ago.

1 (6)A view of our pretty valley.

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1 (8)Almost home.

1 (13)Eli (Amish neighbor) had his corn fodder raked in rows so it could be gathered – probably as bedding for his horses.

1 (14)We had a heavy rain storm about 7:30 on Friday morning.

It didn’t last long, but the wind and rain pounded against our southwestern windows.

1 (15)Afterward I found this pretty leaf stuck to one of our windows.

It stayed there most of the morning.

1 (16)Today I took our four youngest grandchildren to Chuck-E-Cheeses and Overlook Roller Skating Rink (photos in a few days). It was a beautiful fall day.

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1 (18)The trees in our yard were beautiful in the late afternoon sun.

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2 (1)The evenings have been cool and delightful this week.

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2 (3)¬†¬† I love living in an area where there are four seasons…

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10-24 (1)Good night on this last day of daylight savings time.

It’s Fall At Our House

These pictures were all taken from our yard during the past few weeks Рin a variety of directions.

1 (1) I love being outside on a warm fall morning when the early light is coming through the trees.

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2 (1)It is different every morning.

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3 A foggy morning.

2 (3)When I am outside at noon I like to look up to see what is happening in the sky.

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fall (9) I love the sound of walking through the leaves on warm (or cool) autumn days.

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4 (1)Our crepe myrtle seems to be blooming longer than usual this year.

3a (1)I can tell when there is a pretty sunset Рeven before I look toward the west, because the fields to the south turn yellow.

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4 (2)The already colored leaves turn even brighter in the sunset.

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Sunset 1These are three different sunsets.

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Sunset (2)  I love beautiful fall days.