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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What a Glorious Day!

Wow! The only thing that could have made this day better would have been if I'd been seeing all this on foot instead of in the car, but then I probably wouldn't have seen such a variety of things. I'm going to be conservative and only show you five pictures today, but be prepared for more another day.

The temperature warmed to just over 60, the sun shone, I had no trouble finding all but one of the places I had to go. For starters, I had to start before lunch, so I packed a sandwich and ate at a little park on the Lake Michigan Shore. It was not yet sunny enough for bright blue water, but there's an appeal to the big lake, any day.

Lake Michigan

On All Saints Day, those witches just can't turn everything black. This is a different kind of witch's butter, a golden one.

witch's butter

Don't care for slimy? How about fluffy? This is little bluestem grass, gone to seed, with the sun shining through it.

little bluestem grass

This one should be more familiar. It's a landscape plant, and was at one of the homes I surveyed. The color is just stunning- a Japanese Maple.

Japanese maple in autumn

Finally, just a typical northwoods image for fall- the omnipresent acorn cap. But I think it managed to arrange itself quite artistically.

acorn caps

Tomorrow it's supposed to rain hard, so I'm going to wait till Thursday to work again, in hopes of staying dryer. Maybe I'll be able to do some serious writing. I'm almost done with News from Dead Mule Swamp. If you are interested you can "Like" the Anastasia Raven Mysteries Fan Page.

I'll be running a contest for a free copy, soon.

Again... what a glorious day!

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Duxbury Ramblers said...

Great Photos - Love the witches butter we find that here occasionally.

Secondary Roads said...

Love the contrast between the Japanese maple and the spruce tree.

John said...

Beautiful. Autumn is my favourite month :-)

Ann said...

Beautiful color in that Japanese Maple

Lin said...

I like the grasses. You got some great shots, Sharkey! Can't wait to see the rest.

Ratty said...

Great stuff! It's all making me a little homesick for Michigan.

RNSANE said...

Japanese maples are my favorites. Years ago, I had a whole collections of bonsai trees...one was a stand of minature Japanese maples. It was just beautiful, with its red leaves in the fall. I, also, had a ginko, which had the most beautiful yellow leaves...all of them in minature.

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