Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Leaf Peeping Adventures with a Friend

Thanks for everyone's concern about the storms that we were supposed to get, I choose to believe all your prayers and well wishes made a difference.... we got lots of rain, but no wind, and all is well!  It is still raining here today, on and off, we are still getting the showers, and it certainly looks like this moisture is going to continue for a while.  I expect we will be getting snow before much longer.

But, the skies cleared for a short while Monday, and my dear friend GT and I set out on a little adventure around her town... leaf peeping!  It was so fun, and we just were in awe of the beauty of the little town she lives in.

She took some pictures, and I took some pictures, and I will share some of the highlights of our leaf peeping in the short window of time that the skies cleared for us :)


Some of GT's pictures around town... aren't the colors vibrant and full!  We both agree we haven't seen the colors this brilliant in years.


A collaged collection of some of the pictures I took.






GT took this picture, and I love the contrast of color between the red, oranges and yellow.



 GT's dog, Tracker... watched us sadly as we left to go leaf-peeping, and was waiting patiently for our return! He is just the sweetest dog.  They have another dog too, Zeke, but he happened to be inside when I got this picture, both so sweet and lovable... love our furry friends too!


The drive into town was full of color, and the moody skies were constantly changing.



The drive along the river is a joy, every time we pass by...


Maples don't grow here naturally, but people have planted a lot of them, and they are gorgeous in the fall.


Such a vibrant palette of colors.


I think the Painter dropped a big blob of yellow right here...


Clouds gathering for a storm (and downpour it did, later...)


But while we were out on our little adventure... the drama in the skies waited for the climax until we were done ...  


This little city park is rather obscure and unnoticed... until today...when it shouted gloriously to the world with its vibrant colors.


Downtown... the most delightful, quaint little pizza place you will ever happen upon.


Have you ever seen a tree with such bright colors? Even surrounded with all the colorful trees around town, this tree seemed to glow unusually bright.


The outside seating was lavishly decked with whispering leaves.


My friend and I agreed... this tree stood out, above all other trees, with its form, brilliance, and colors.


I wonder if it is the same tree as my blazing maple?  Its colors are very similar.  But, this tree dazzled. We were in awe.  Pictures do not do it justice.



G picked us each a leaf, and we carried our little treasures home with us.


Could there be any canopy more lovely than this?





This unique little table sat quietly against the wall, buried in an abundance of leaves.


Do you notice the half-eaten apple left, perhaps as afterthought?


The pizza place was closed at the time we were there, they open in the evenings.  Such a delightful place beckoned us to return, and soon!



Sometimes beauty hurts.  Have you ever felt that way?


And sometimes leaf-peeping gets you into trouble.  We stopped at another little city park, and I held up my camera to take a picture, and the flash setting had been tripped, and so the flash triggered.  I looked away from the camera, and here came this big truck headed straight for us!  I thought it was going to hit us, and we both braced for the impact.  He squealed to a stop, barely missing us, and rolled down his window.  I rolled my window down.  He asked why we took a picture of him.  I replied I hadn't, I was just taking pictures of the trees.  He said, well I saw the flash, and want to know why you took my picture.  I finally convinced him I didn't have his picture, only trees.  He rolled up his window, and sped off.  GT and I shook our heads and just laughed and laughed.  Who knew leaf-peeping could cause such trouble!  LOL!


Beautiful, magnificent, lovely... !


It was time for our little adventure to end, as GT needed to get back home.  We were only out for a short time, but the joy we experienced together, and seeing the beauty around us was refreshing and we enjoyed a good laugh after our little "flash" escapade.

As I drove home, the skies closed in, and pellets of rain began dropping out of the sky.


We couldn't have planned our little outing at a more perfect time... and in fact, it wasn't planned at all.  I was dropping something off at her house, and she was gifting me with a bag of pears from her pear tree, and we decided spontaneously to go out for a drive.




I'm glad we enjoyed the little adventure we had.  Now as I drove home, the bright colors in the sky softened to a dull gray as the rain clouds unleashed their pent up energy.


My goodness, had it been a few degrees colder, it would be snowing...!  Not quite ready for the snow yet... but its arrival is all but imminent.  But for now, we will cherish the remaining spots of fall colors as long as we can.  :)





40 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! I love the orange, red, and golds against the dark greens. Just breathtaking! ♥

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    1. Thank you Anne... the handiwork of our Lord never, ever ceases to amaze me! Hugs to you today :)

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  2. Really lovely and makes me so glad that before the snows come we get the amazing colors of fall!
    Hugs, Roxy

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    1. Yes, indeed, the beautiful sights of fall never cease to amaze me, and showcase the handiwork of our Lord! Hugs to you today Roxy :)

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  3. Simply beautiful! That tree by the pizza parlour is exceptional!

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    1. Yes, indeed that tree was something else to see! Appreciate your visit :)

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  4. Wow...very beautiful! Its just amazing how God created such an awesome season, such as Autumn. All those trees and colorful leaves... Stunning!
    Glad the weather cooperated while you were out!
    Enjoy your evening!
    Amy

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  5. Oh, my word! Just beautiful...breathtaking, really. I LOVE the quaint little table, and that town just looks like a dream. You will have to share with us if you do get to go back for pizza! That must have been terrifying when the man was confrontational about the picture. Oh, my, I would have been so frightened...people seem to have such short fuses these days! So thankful God protected you, dear friend. Your photos should seriously be in a book or magazine....they are just perfect!! Love and appreciate you so much!

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  6. Wow! Such beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Praise the Lord you didn't get any storm damage. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos with us. What brilliant colours.

    Thank you for entering the competition on my Blog. There's a little problem with your response. I have commented on my Blog.

    God bless you and yours.

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  8. Breathtaking beautiful...and giggling over the "incident"---glad you didn't get hit. I am so moving to Idaho smiles. (one can wish, right?)

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  9. Oh gorgeous, friend ... especially that shot with the mailbox and the white table and and and

    ;-}

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  10. OH.MY.GOODNESS! What stunning fall colors you have in your area! Your (and your friend's) photos are totally breathtaking and made even more gorgeous by those dark, brooding skies! I had to laugh when you told the story about the truck driver thinking you was taking his picture...it kind of makes you wonder why so people are so paranoid, doesn't it? The same thing happened to me a while back. I was sitting in my car in the parking lot of Goodwill waiting for it to open and I had my camera with my long lens on, taking faraway shots of the field across the road. A lady and her boy were walking by and she must have thought I was taking their pic. She just kept staring at me and finally asked me who I was taking a picture of. I pleasantly answered "The trees...I'm taking pictures of the trees. Is that OK?" She just looked at me funny :) People who don't take photos just don't understand what we put ourselves through, do they??!!

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  11. I love the beautiful fall colors you have shared here in your lovely photos. This is a lovely season and time of the year.

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  12. Gorgeous Fall colors! That is one of the things that I have missed this year, leaf peeping. My hubby and I usually try to take a drive or walk through the old section of his hometown each year because the colors of the leaves are amazing, especially with the old homes acting as perfect backdrops. All the rain and the winds have made it hard to do this year, well that and being in a very busy season of our lives at the moment. Yesterday I was helping my son Chris and my DIL Heather package and wrap up a bunch of elk burger at their home and on my way out of their town I looked down at the part and there was the most brilliant maple tree just glowing in all it's beauty. I wish I had my camera with me so I could capture that moment.

    I have to wonder why that man was so paranoid about you taking his picture. Makes you wonder what and/or who he was hiding from. ;)

    Be blessed my friend!

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  13. Wow, I am in awe of your fabulous abundance of color. Still green here...highly unusual for us! Enjoy it.

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  14. What a fun spontaneous outing. Those colors are breathtaking.

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  15. Yes, I have felt that way. Gorgeous, just stunningly beautiful. We are saying the same thing here in the East...haven't seen colors this spectacular in a long, long time. Enjoy every second!

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  16. What beautiful pictures. We have maples everywhere and I never tire of looking at them in the fall. I wish I had the good ones on my property. It sounds like the two of you had an amazing time. I have such peace in my heart when I look at the beauty of the trees. Our weather here has been warmer but it's starting to cool off again. Three days ago we had an F-1 tornado come through not too far from where I work and we experienced a severe down burst where I work. I'm surprised we still have plenty of leaves on they trees. So many trees came down. My husband and I hope to get out "leaf peeping" (I love that name) this weekend, I hope it's not too late by then. Enjoy the upcoming weekend, Kelly.

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  17. Oh girl I would have loved to go on that jaunt with you and your friend. I had no idea that your area's colors were so splendid. If I could see them, I wouldn't want to travel across the country to Maine. Love each and every photo. How fun to have a friend you could join for such an adventure. When we lived in Ca., we always had lots of maples, pistache trees, locust and other vibrant colors. Here we mainly get Aspen and others have started planting trees, some maples with bright reds. I miss the purples though. Thanks for taking us along.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  18. Oh, mercy, what gorgeous fall colors. PLEASE come link up with our Friday Foto Friends tomorrow....this post will be fine. HOPE you have an awesomely blessed weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous photos with the rest of the gang on FFF!!! Now they can enjoy them, too!

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  19. Goodness about how you got into a little trouble. ;-)
    I would have laughed and laughed too. What a story you will have together as you remember Autumns over and over.

    The photos and beauty captured of Autumn is just amazing. I love the red!!! I am happy the maples are liking your area. We have many here in Wisconsin and oak.
    Thank you for sharing, I always enjoy reading your posts.

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    1. I am always so happy to have you visit too Carla! We had a delightful time together, always so thankful for those special moments. Glad that you are enjoying a beautiful fall in Wisconsin too! Hugs to you today :)

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  20. Oh my goodness, I am so glad you didn't get 'run under' by the truck driver. So happy you lived to tell the tale of all those gloriously coloured Autumn leaves. What a riot of colour in this lovely post. Your little part of the world never ceases to take my breath away.

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    1. Yes, we lived to tell the story, and laugh about it too, lol! It was a wonderful time that we had together, and I'm always so thankful for your sweet visits and comments, I appreciate them so much! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  21. Marilyn, what glorious, glorious fall colors! I had no idea you got so many different colors in Idaho. Truly, they are as pretty as trees in New England. That one red tree is totally amazing! I will be pinning a bunch of these photos to my "I Love Fall" Pinterest board.

    I'm thinking that since so many areas are seeing ultra-beautiful fall color this year (and such was not predicted here at all because of the drought), our all-wise, all-powerful Creator may just be choosing to remind us all of just Who is in control as we come up to this problematic election. Just a thought.

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    1. I love your thought, and I agree... the Lord sees fit to delight us in special ways in the midst of the tedious parts of life, and for that we can always be thankful! Yes, we are blessed to have had such a lovely fall here too, as have you all, and it really is just amazing! Appreciate you adding my pictures to your fall board, I was able to take a visit and see the beautiful fall pictures you have collected, just lovely! Appreciate you my friend, have a blessed day!

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  22. WOW! WOW! That's all I can say. Each picture took my breath away, which left me breathless!

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    1. Aww thanks Christine, such glory is due to our Lord, who created it all, and I just tried to capture it. Appreciate your sweet visits and comments, they mean so much to me! Hugs to you my friend :)

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  23. What a delightful tour of your area and the little town where your friend lives. So happy that you were able to get all those pictures before the rain came. Such a lovely area. And always so much more fun when shared with a friend. Thank you for including us in your friendly travels. God bless you and keep you warm and safe!!!

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    1. Appreciate your visit, and your sweet and kind comments! It was such a blessed day in so many ways, our little time enjoying the fall colors before the rains came back in. Appreciate your visit so much, and hope to return the favor soon :) Hugs to you today!

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  24. Beautiful!
    I miss seeing Aspen trees turn color in the fall.
    I like the pizza place.. now I want pizza!!!
    Lovely post.

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    1. I do love the vibrant colors of fall so much.. and yes, pizza please, lol! Appreciate your visit Annie, and am thankful to have met you :)

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  25. What a fun time you and your friend had out for your drive. The colours are really gorgeous and I'd enjoy eating pizza on that pretty patio on a warm afternoon. Hugs Pam

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    1. It was a delightful time Pam! Thank you for your visit and kind comments, I always appreciate them so much! Hope you are still enjoying fall there and getting a bit of rain, as I know you need it!

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  26. Well, I thought it was pretty cool also. Your pics are stupendous as usual. I wasn't too impressed with the guy in the truck though. I'm still amazed. gt

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    1. It was quite something wasn't it... a good laugh for sure! You never know what trouble we too can get into, lol! Hugs to you dear friend!

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  27. Wow you have captured some glorious color with these images. Just beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Felicia, I appreciate your visit so much, and thank you for the sweet and kind words! Fall is truly beautiful here and I enjoy capturing the beauty through the lens of my camera, although pictures never seem to do the scene justice! Hugs to you today :)

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