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Snow is now dusting the ground here and it’s time for a final farewell to this fall’s beauty…

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Happy Tuesday!

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Have you ever stood underneath and looked upward into a big tree that’s blindingly bright with all its colored leaves?  

Awe-inspiring, right?  

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Have you ever gone outside late at night and done the same thing?

I am often out with pup well after dark, and one of the highlights of this week has been standing underneath the tree in my front yard and gazing up.  By day, the tree wears brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow; by night, the leaves are serenely golden and translucent by the light of the moon.  Moments better experienced than photographed.

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A strong wind blew in today, and most of the tree’s leaves are swirling near the ground. 

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Oh autumn, how I love thee.

Apple cider, bonfires, colorful leaves… what are your favorite fall associations?

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The bright colors are gone, yet it’s still autumn – and though branches are bare and leaves brown, this time of year proves beautiful in its own way. The phrase ‘happy dreary‘ seems fitting.

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I may have a slight obsession with photographing fall leaves… so much so that I’m annoying myself with it (and my photos are all starting to look alike). Consider this posting ‘me getting it out of my system’. There are much more important things to move on to – like pumpkin decorating, Halloween baking, and kayaking.

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Venturing through the woods and prairies today, I was on a work-related mission; however, I couldn’t help myself and stopped a few times to capture things that caught my eye . I had expected the autumn colors to be gone since the maples lost their leaves weeks ago, but received a happy surprise upon seeing a few remaining stands of blazing oaks. Above is my favorite shot of the day.

If you’ve never walked through a tallgrass prairie during fall, you’re missing out.  The grasses change to warm hues and the synchronized way they sway in the wind is splendid.  Later, as everything goes to seed it becomes delicate and fluffy and floaty.

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