Fall's Offerings

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dropping slowly into the plate of my heart... 
these colorful offerings from Fall have
been delightful blessings day after day. 

A myriad of color has filled the skies on my evening walks. 

The eye of the Lord... while taking my evening walk, although the evening air was crispy and my breath floated in front of me, my heart was warmed by the sight of this magnificent sunset flooding the world with its brilliance.  It seemed as if the very eye of God with all His knowledge, awareness and being was filling the sky with wonder, and my heart was warmed with just being there, in that moment, with HIM. 

The brilliant colors of fall on display. 

Down by the river, this quiet place of reflection beckoned to me, the muted rays of the sun bouncing off of the chilled waters, with the brilliant foliage arched over my head, creating a simple moment of beauty, nestled forever in my heart.

Row upon row upon row of color,
each leaf outstanding in its own right,
together each one creating a chorus
deserving of a standing ovation.

Resplendent intoxicating colors...

Crimson-hued maple leaves hover over the dazzling willow's green, creating a mesmerizing sauna of colorful warmth.

 As each leaf falls and finds its way to the ground, slowly the bronzed colors of the earth take over. 

One leaf that stood out among the crowd, bright red with browned polka dots. 

I was amazed at how the color of the tree matched the color of this building. 

The most majestic tree of them all... the Blazing Red Maple. 

Have you ever seen an iridescent leaf... this one in particular stood out to me with its unusual glittering foliage. 

With colors like these abounding, it is hard to keep from "oohing and aahing" as I drive!

Earth, water and sky celebrating in glorious abandon.

This pastoral scene captivated my heart. 

The curving passages of the river display Fall's grandeur. 

Fall... why must you hurry along so? 

Alight with late afternoon sun, the calm waters of our little lake reflect the colors of the hovering mountains. 

Each lily pad takes on its own sweet beauty in the dappled sunshine. 

Little boats of color shining with iridescent loveliness, touched by the sprinkled afternoon sunshine. 

Every gate mysteriously beckons my camera and I... 

Hazy reflections in the shimmering waters of the river's jutted island. 

The slow cadence of leaves gently falling one by one
are in rhythm with the gentle splashing of
the river's waters on the beach. 

Remember my sweet Gracie, whose feet were crippled at birth? She posed for me in front of my pumpkins, a happy little thing with nary a care in the world, so thankful she is no longer a cripple!
Mr. Sal enjoying some loving pecks from sweet Miss Sarah. 

Lunch with precious friends at a new restaurant in town, a loaded baked potato adorned with a mountain of freshly smoked brisket... oh my!  Delicious!

On our morning walk, the golden aspens shimmered in their mud puddle reflections. 

It's that time of year again for homemade pumpkin pie! It is our family's favorite pie. 

Fallen leaves have created a wavy pattern on the shoreline of the lake.

Up close and personal... each one unique and deserving of my attention.

A wooden fence graced by fall's abundant colors.

These two trees are favorites of mine... Blazing Red Maples taking their time this year to change their colors... their brilliance will be on display for weeks yet!

Walking in the fog one morning, and the skies were embraced with this Fog Bow... have you ever seen one?
Quite magnificent to behold!

My daughter came home under the throes of a terrible cold. 
I made her some hot tea and we enjoyed a little spur of the moment tea party. Tea always makes you feel better!
We enjoyed drinking the Tea Bloom green tea along with a little bite of biscotti :)

My folder of October pictures overfloweth and runneth over... I must stop now... but thank you for staying with me through this pictorial view of Fall here in north Idaho!  I know the days are coming where gray is the dominant color, and white not far behind.  So while the days are beautiful, and the sun is shining, I'll be out soaking up the last bits of sunshine and warmth the season has to offer before the rains and snow descend.  

Sharing before I go this scripture today that blessed me... 

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, 
and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, 
and maketh the day dark with night: 
that calleth for the waters of the sea, 
and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: 
the LORD is His name.  
Amos 5:8

Blessings to all who have paused here to visit, and may your Fall be full of abundant color and delight!


  1. Gorgeous photos! I’ve never seen a fog bow. Thank you.

    1. I had never seen one before Marie! It was quite exciting to see!

  2. Oh my gosh, Marilyn, what gorgeous photos!!! Our foliage was disappointing this year, not nearly as vibrant as last year, and just about gone now. Oh well, it is what it is. Weather forecast for the weekend says we're in for some snow....could be a couple of inches. We'll see!!

    1. It's disappointing when you don't get to see the brilliant colors in fall! It's early for snow! Hoping you don't get too much!

  3. What amazing photos. We just don't see those colours here, so it is a trill to gaze at your lovely scenery.

    1. We've truly enjoyed the fall here this year! I'm sorry you didn't get to see fall colors in your area. Thanks for your visit Barbara!

  4. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous Autumn scenes, You have enhanced each photo with such lovely words.
    I hope your daughter feels better soon. Tea and pleasant company go a long way in healing and a cookie or two help as well.

    1. My daughter is feeling much better! Thank you for your visit!

  5. Dearest Marilyn...what beautiful testimony of God's love for His Children... the splendor of His beautiful creation :)

    1. He has shared his love with us in so many ways throughout his creation! Happy to see you able to visit again Maria!

  6. Beautiful, beautiful fall images, Marilyn. Just gorgeous and OH! Pumpkin pie...Now I really feel like a piece!
    I hope you have a wonderful night! xo Diana

  7. Magnificent! Beauty upon beauty, upon beauty in all it's wonderful color from the leaves to the sky to the water scenes, breath taking for sure!

    Thank you for sharing your beauty with us, and no, you didn't put out way to many photos, I would have loved more.

    That loaded baked potato looks awesome! I may have to come up with something like that.

    Enjoy your evening ~

  8. Loved your pictorial of Fall and your gratitude. A very lovely post and encouraging, too.

  9. Oh my! Where to begin? This post is overflowing with beauty. You live in an area that has such vibrant colors. Praise be to God for the beauty He creates.

  10. Wow! Wow! and another Wow!!! Gorgeous images. . .

  11. Magnificent scenery and gorgeous colors! I thoroughly enjoyed your photos. I've never seen a fog bow.....pretty cool!

  12. I am so blessed to have such beautiful fall colours outside every window. It just takes my breath away and I have lived here for years and it only seems more beautiful with each passing year. Praise God for color! Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful world! I think my favourite was the one with the horse.

  13. Amazing photos!!! How can you even think about staying indoors when there is so much beauty all around?

  14. Oh how splendorous Fall is in your glorious part of the world, Marilyn. Sublime photos! That little seat seems to me to be the perfect place for a spot of reflection and the opportunity to drink in all that gloriously majestic scenery.

  15. Splendid beauty abounds on this page. Our colors are still waiting to peak, I believe. I still see much green and wonder if we will have fall at all. It seems that temps are nearing the winter ones and we have yet to see fall.

  16. Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing.

  17. Marilyn, Your scenery pictures are breath taking. I love the sunset and the fog bow. I have never heard of that before. You must live in a quiet area...no traffic . :):) I love seeing chickens too. My daughter has some and I like to watch them running , scratching around. Stay warm and safe, Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  18. Offerings, indeed. Beauty everywhere and in every photo!

  19. Oh Marilyn, I was oohing and aahing myself over all of these glorious fall scenes! I'm not sure which I was in awe of more...your photos or the words you used to describe them. You certainly painted a wonderful picture of what fall looks like in your corner of the world! And oh how I am looking forward to having some pumpkin pie...maybe this weekend! Thank you for the spreading beauty around

  20. Your photos are so indescribably magnificent, Marilyn, they've left me speechless. As fall has yet to arrive here in the South, I'm so grateful for this preview you've shared with us. Blessings, my friend!

  21. Lovely post and beautiful photos of fall. My fav time of year.
    There was a restaurant chain in Utah when I lived there that served football sized Idaho potatoes scooped out and reloaded with all kinds of great fillings. Oh,it was so delicious! I don't recall the name.

  22. Marilyn, your photos are stunning. You have captured the season just perfectly. I hope your daughter feels better soon. We all had that cold here. It's a nasty one and not a fun way to kick off fall. Hopefully tea did the trick!!

  23. Beautiful pictures! WOW!Girl, I so love pumpkin pie! My fav too! Would I has a slice to go with my coffee. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  24. Marilyn, you should make a book of your pictures. You're like the Ansel Adams of color! Just gorgeous :)


  25. I agree with Rue...… your eye for the perfect photo (with reflections and lines of color) is just amazing! I really took my time looking and oohing and ahhing at the colors that abound there! We had some pretty good colors here in (dry) Madras, but nothing that begins to compare to yours! Oh how I love those blazing red Maples! Love all the water pictures with the reflections of the fall trees and colors. I just kept saying "wow" over and over again! And your descriptive words are just so perfect and painted a picture even without the photo! I thoroughly enjoyed this and makes me want to come up to that area some year in the Fall... it is beyond amazing! Oh... and that pumpkin pie is calling my name as is that stuffed spud. Yummmmmmm………… what a beautiful and wonderful post! Can't say enough...……… hugs...…. Marilyn

  26. Marilyn, your photographs are breathtaking! I so love when the autumn leaves turn red. Those are my favorite. God has blessed you with reminders of His glory! Thank you for sharing with us. xx

  27. Absolutely beautiful.....a feast for the eyes.

    I started humming Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow as I read through your words and pictures.

    He truly is a mighty Creator.

    Thank you for sharing pictures of your lovely Idaho.

    Hugs from Shirley

  28. Oh my gosh! I've never seen more beautiful fall pictures. Fall is such a pretty time and I do hope that we get some fall colors here. So far it has been only brown dead leaves on the ground. Maybe this bit of cooler weather will change that.

  29. What a joy to visit your blog today and see the beauty that is surrounding you.

  30. These pictures are awesome, awe-inspiring, what a beautiful part of our wonderful country that you live in! I wouldn't want to come inside for anything during this time of year, except for some of your pumpkin pie. That picture of the fog circle is unlike anything I've ever seen. Who am I kidding? I've never seen any of those vibrant colors here. Living up north must make a difference, and all the hardwoods you have there. You said the colors were intoxicating and I can imagine they would be. The Artist's palette is glorious!

  31. Stunning pictures!!! I MUST visit Idaho next Fall to see the leaves. Here in the northeast, there is just no glory. A few trees are pretty but not the Fall I remember just 10-20 years ago.

  32. Wow - what amazing and breathtaking pictures!

  33. Wow, you've gotten real fall! We're full of color, but it's mostly GREEN! LOL! And most trees still have all their leaves. It's quite funny! Enjoyed your sweet post today, filled with happies! :)

  34. Mmmmm... may I stop by for a slice of pie, my friend? I, too, love pumpkin pie {{smiles}} Your post took my breath away...oh, what beauty you have shared with us. Every single picture is beautiful, my friend, and the words you shared truly blessed my heart.

    Thinking of you and wishing you a joyous week. Much love to you!

  35. So sweet to visit with you, sweet friend. Oh, the colors and photos are just beyond beautiful! Sending much love and many hugs your way!

  36. A Fog Bow... simply amazing! God sure knows how to impress us.

  37. To be honest your MAGICAL IMAGES TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This time of the year you captured REMARKABLY the poetry of Nature
    What a GLORIOUS TRIBUTE to leaving sunny days my friend!

    I felt my soul is dipping into the magnificence and glory of Lord!!!!

    Thank you so much for enlightening my day my friend!

  38. Oh Marilyn, I just ooh and ahh my way through your glorious pictures of Fall beauty. You just know how to capture the perfect shot with your camera.
    I hope your daughter is feeling much better. I agree with you, that tea makes everything better (especially with a biscotti!!). I'd also love a slice of your pumpkin pie...mmmm.
    I also read your post on the flower plates. I have always wanted to make some, and I appreciate you making the tutorial video. May you have a blessed week...xx

  39. Ohh my goodness that is breath taking!!! Just soooo beautiful! God touched a finger to all nature around there. Beautiful!!! I love pumpkin pie but I usually make with canned pumpkin. Do you use fresh pumpkin? Thanks for sharing all that beauty.

  40. Spectacular photography! You make me want to wiggle my nose and be at your front door for a good long visit and a trip to see the wonderful things you have captured.
    Glad I dropped by tonight.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  41. I love the purple sky in your sunset picture. What a gorgeous gift from our Heavenly Father! I don't think I have ever noticed the water lily pads turning colors before - that is so cool!

  42. Such beautiful autumn photos! Our autumn color os almost gone as we had a snowstorm on Halloween thta made most of the leaves fall afterward. Thankfully early snows melt quickly then the sun comes up and the temperatures rise.

    I hope your daughter is feeling better! A stomach virus went around my family recently ==the grandkids brought it home from school

  43. I did enjoy your lovely post and beautiful photographs of Autumn (Fall).
    It really is a wonderful season.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  45. Lovely pics Marilyn "Thanks for sharing"!
    To leave this comment, I had to log into my G acct first, clear cookies and hist for MTS before my comment would be received!
    Boggling and confusion is not of the Lord GOD, so we know to pray for God's Love and Truth to shine and clear out the enemy!
    Have a piece of pie fo me! :)

  46. It's nice to see so many have enjoyed your beautiful post as I have! With all that lovely scenery I'm ready to move right there.

  47. I need to get out west and visit Idaho, what beautiful country and lovely photos. Have a great weekend.


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