Monday, September 30, 2019

September

...was eventful.

From mists and mellow fruitfulness, and flowers for the bees, it progressed to surgeries for the Aged P, and scary medical news for a most beloved family member. There was a lot of crying and praying. While the tears have (mostly) receded, the need for prayer remains.

Writing isn't usually a problem for me, but tonight the words don't want to come. So I'll just post my photos, with a few captions, and hope for better things next month.






Hoary Vervain



Rowan berries - this is the only rowan tree I've ever seen here





Sandhill cranes transitioning from brown summer plumage to grey winter plumage


Can you spot the cranes in the mist?











Beggar-ticks, a member of the aster family

The fields are changing colours


Serrano peppers in the garden with cycling laundry in the background

Verbena and marigolds in the garden




The last sunset of the month

My goal for the 2019 cycling season was to ride over 1000 miles, something I haven't done since 2013. Tonight I passed that mark. I'm so grateful for my bike, for the beautiful Wisconsin countryside, and for the health to ride.

I hope you had a lovely September.

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20 comments:

  1. I'm sorry for the struggles.. I can so relate. I lost a 30 year long friend this summer, then my 41 year old nephew succumbed to a two year battle with cancer in the mouth, 3 days later my dear sister died from a massive heart attack.. then 2 weeks ago my DILs mother died after a quadruple stroke.. 61. All your pretty flowers and photos were a balm to me. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I'm so sorry to hear of all these losses. Hugs to you too.

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  2. Beautiful landscape! Ahhhhhhh! All the best for you and your loved ones. Regula

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    1. Thank you so much, Regula. I hope you're having a pleasant Autumn.

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  3. Beautiful photos as usual. I especially love the cranes and that purple flower with the drops of water. You know you and your family are in my prayers. There seems to be plenty of pain in this world.

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    1. Thanks, Amy.

      Those purple asters are my favourite variety. I took that photo on a very misty morning, hence the droplets.

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  4. Lovely shots and souvenirs from your beloved bike outings. I love the image of all the birds gathering on the telephone wires. Swallows perhaps?
    Here's hoping that the difficult medical issues in your family will be sorted and have a happy outcome. All thoughts coming your way.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra.

      I think the birds were swallows, or maybe swifts? I think we have both in Wisconsin, but I don't know the difference. They were swirling all over the sky that day.

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  5. Your pictures are truly works of art. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I send prayer to you dear friend. May His spirit wrap around you and give you comfort in these sad days. ((hugs))

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  6. You have been on my mind quite a lot; I hope that things will improve for you.

    Well done on completing 1000 miles, that is a true achievment.

    Sending hugs, dear thing. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, TA. I hope that autumn is treating you well.

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  7. I've come to your website through finding your tutorials on how to bind off knitting using 1 knitting needle and 1 crochet hook. I've used that on one project and will put it in my "knitting notes" binder. In the process, I've found your wonderful photos of the landscape, flowers, birds, bunny! etc. I wonder what kind of camera you use? I have a good digital SLR camera, but usually wind up taking photos with my iPhone, which aren't quite as sharp but it's easier to carry around. Anyhow, hugs to you, and I hope the beauty around you provides some solace.

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes. And I'm glad you found the tutorial useful!

      I use a small point and shoot camera that's several years old. It's a Canon PowerShot Elph 330HS. It takes pretty good macro shots, when I can get it to focus on the right spot (this is why I sometimes photograph very small flowers in my hand - that's usually a clue that the camera was wanting to focus on something beyond the flower). It's okay with distance shots. I've never used an iPhone but have often wondered how it would compare.

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  8. You always have such beautiful pictures! I’m soooo glad to catch up with you once again and see the world over your handlebars!
    I am just so sorry about the news. It’s always difficult to know what to say but I hope knowing that you are having warm healing hugs and support from all over the world may help a tiny bit. So I’m sending gentle hugs from Wales. Joan x

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    1. Joan, I'm so glad to hear from you! I hope you're doing well. Thank you for the hugs and support.

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  9. Such beautiful photos! I especially loved the sandhill cranes; they are such interesting birds. Sending lots of hugs your was as well as good thoughts for your friend.

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  10. Beautiful photos! They really lifted my spirit. I hope all is well with you and yours.

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    1. Thank you. Things are better than they were. I hope and pray they keep getting better.

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