Saturday, November 16, 2019

Fall's Fleeting Stay

Fall visited us briefly this season, and for that I am grateful.  Short-lived though it was, it was beautiful to see.  We took several little road trips to discover and see more of Fall's offerings.

There were still waters capturing reflections brilliantly full of captivating beauty. 

Dirt roads ablaze in Fall's emboldened colors of orange and yellow. 

Rivers splashing merrily downstream singing Fall's delightful tune. 

Tree trunks nestled with happy piles of crisped leaves in a myriad of color. 

Inviting pathway along the riverfront edge. 
A color-saturated view of one of our local city parks. 
Fallen leaves stunning in their final moments of splendor. 
And there were rushing waters gathering color from the skies as they rushed downward,
while the golden shrubbery along the banks of the river waved in glee. 

Fall's colors mingle with the canoe laid at rest after summer's busyness.

We visited the Riverfront Park in Spokane, and explored the Bowl and Pitcher
recreation area showcasing the suspension bridge.
Walking across the suspension bridge was quite exciting as the water splashed beneath our feet. 

Trails along the river were bright with Fall's endearing color palette. 

This delightful cabin caught my eye... transformed now into a restroom, its appeal still alive. 
Snow gathered on the banks of this river. 

The worn roots of this tree hold fast in spite of the many storms it has weathered.
Then we took a weekend trip down into the panhandle of Idaho
where the town of Lewiston was ablaze in Fall's warm embrace. 
A cozy picnic spot along the Snake River. 
The mountains around Lewiston awakening to the riotous red whisper of the sun's rays. 

An old drawbridge, still in use, sits outlined against the sun's embrace. 
Our cozy accommodations in Lewiston at the Inn America. 

Walking through the city park, these industrious souls kept a wary eye upon us. 
The duck with buttered golden tones really seemed to smile
as I captured her in a moment of time. 

Traveling through the countryside of the panhandle, we visited the little communities along the Clearwater River.

Although the day was at times overcast and cloudy,
still enough sunshine brightened the landscape with its changing fall ensemble. 

Fall foliage along the Clearwater River. 

Beauty abounded around every corner and bend of the road. 

We enjoyed driving through the little towns we passed through and seeing their version of love for their little community. 
Magnificent views in every direction along the Clearwater River. 

How brilliant, and lovely are the colors Fall showcases!

The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway Highway 12 in Idaho.

I captured this scenic view of the little white church from across the river. 
As we crossed the river and passed by the church there were people gathering outside the church
on a Saturday afternoon, delightful to see. 

A pastoral scene captured along the Clearwater River. 

As we began to climb through the countryside, at a roadside overlook area, this view was breathtaking to see. 

As we left the river valley behind, and climbed into the mountains, the terrain ahead began to change. 

We crossed over White Bird Pass, and stopped to visit the little town of White Bird.

Quite an overpass that overshadows this little town! 

Barren hillsides now, with fewer trees and brilliant shrubbery. 

It is amazing how subtly the landscape begins to change until you begin to wonder... where are the trees! 

The barren hillsides are parted by the brisk frisky waters of the Salmon River. 

More views of the terrain along the Salmon River.  

Returning home, we traveled back through Lewiston, and captured views of the area from Lewiston Hill
overlooking where the Snake River and the Clearwater River meet. 

We stopped in Moscow to view the McConnell House, a Victorian-Gothic mansion built in 1886. 

The house was not open for us to view it, but we enjoyed walking around and looking at it. 

It was a good thing we enjoyed Fall that last weekend of October, since Winter showed up the very next day! 

The third snow we've had this Fall, it was beautiful to see. 

A classic picture showcasing the mixing of our seasons here. 

Rain or shine, snow, fog, hail, or blistering cold, our walks go on! The dogs and I walk in all kinds of weather,
 and enjoy whatever the Lord serves up for us! 

Since the ground was frozen and snow had fallen, we decided to light up our massive slash pile
from our logging earlier this summer.
It burnt quickly, and was amazing to watch it.
The heat of this fire reminded me of Shadrach, Meschach and Abendigo being thrown into the fire made seven times hotter. 
These flames were so hot, we had to stand at least 20-30 feet away from it in the initial stages. 
Now it has simmered down and will continue to smolder for some time to come. 

And now that November is here in full swing, and really just about over,
the glorious sunsets come with spectacular colors in November. 
I can't even believe that we are already nearing the end of November and Thanksgiving is coming up quickly.  As the days continue to shorten, the year winds to a close, and my garden has been put to sleep for the long winter months, I hope to have more time to blog, visit my dear friend's blogs and share some creativity happening in my craft room soon.  Winter is a quiet time, a time of rest from garden activities and to plan for the upcoming holidays. 

May the sweet blessings of the Lord be with all of you who have followed along today and shared in Fall's marvelous bounty with me, and I pray a sweet Thanksgiving blessing for all of you :)

Ephesians 1:15-19
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, 
and love unto all the saints 
cease not to give thanks for you, 
making mention of you in my prayers; 
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation 
in the knowledge of him: 
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
 that ye may know what is the 
hope of your calling, 
and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints 
and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.



  1. Marilyn, These are the most gorgeous photos! I am just mesmerized by each one. Thank you for sharing your travels with us and the beautiful Bible verse. It's a little sad to put the garden to rest but I do look forward to you having more time to blog. I hope you are enjoying these weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. God bless, Mildred

  2. Beautiful. We have already had our first snowfall/storm of the season here in western NY. Thank you for sharing your photos.

  3. What wonderful and colourful scenery, so unlike ours in the West Country. You are blessed to live amongst such beauty.

  4. Such beautiful photos makes my heart yearn for a trip to the west. I can only imagine the beauty you see with each season. Enjoy your crafting and wonderful scenery even with snow and winter upon you.

  5. Oh WOW! That was such a wonderful drive through the countryside and towns. You can be thankful that I wasn't actually there in the vehicle with you, as I would have asked to stop so many times to get more pictures. Glorious scenes of God's creativity as He paints the countryside in fall splendour.

  6. Such beautiful pictures!

  7. Good Morning Marilyn. I loved your photos of the beautiful area we live in. I sure wish I would have know you were in Spokane, if only to meet for a quick hug and hello! That Lewiston hill is something else isn't it? When I was working, the two men I worked for drove from Spokane to Lewiston and back every Tuesday and Thursday to meet with clients there. In the wintertime it was terrible and it was the time before cell phones. I was concerned until I knew they arrived there and back safely every trip.
    The photos are so majestic and show God's beautiful handiwork so well. We have had rain here in town for the past 4 days, have you been getting snow?
    I hope your Sunday is a blessed one my dear friend.

  8. Thank you so much for the nice photos. What an amazing area.

  9. Your autumn scenes were glorious, Marilyn. Enjoy the remainder of November!

  10. We have seen the Snake River at the lower end of Idaho! I loved seeing the photos from your road trip and I am so glad you were able to take that trip.

    My hubby was here at the computer with me while I was looking at these and he was so impressed with your photography talents as well as the incredible beauty of Idaho.

    Just glorious, glorious beauty. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Wow, wow, wow! Your photos are just so beautiful! I couldn't begin to choose a favorite. Our Fall was also too short and then the snow came. God does give us such beauty to enjoy around us in the changing seasons, doesn't He?

  12. I enjoyed all the photos. Beautiful countryside. America is full such beauty. Each and every state is unique in its own way. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  13. You timed your road trips well. We'll try next fall to get some road trips with color in. Your photos are lovely. Wonderful passage from Ephesians.

  14. An Uncle, who also lives in Northern Idaho, always wanted us to come for a visit, but we never did. So, this is what we missed! Wow, what a beautiful part of the country! I love all the fabulous pictures. The garden looks as though it is taking a long winter's nap. I enjoy seeing it, however, it all seasons...even covered in snow.

  15. I have been thinking of you, dear friend, and have intended to email you. It seems life stays so busy, and it is so hard to keep up with it all. I so enjoyed traveling along with you today and seeing the beautiful fall foliage and sights you captured so wonderfully on your camera. God's amazing handiwork is evident every where we look in each season of the year and of our lives. Thank you for sharing with us here, and may the Lord richly blessing you!

  16. Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing these fabulous photos of fall with us! The colors here in Georgia this year have been less than spectacular, so seeing these was a refreshing sight for sore eyes. Glad to know you'll be spending more time with your blog and visiting others' as winter closes in.
    Blessings to you!

  17. Oh my, you have captured fall in all her brilliance!

  18. Wow!! I know that's how I always start out my comments on your photos but....WOW!!! I love being able to see your part of the world!! It's incredibly beautiful. TY for sharing, my friend!!!

  19. I have to agree with Anne, WOW! These are so beautiful and you are so blessed to be able to see and enjoy all of it. Thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  20. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Marilyn!! That first one could be a post card!

  21. The boundless gloriousness of your captivating photos and lyrical words have enriched my day, lovely Marilyn; thank you! Fall may have been short-lived but the beauty takes my breath away. The first photo....oh my beating heart. Enjoy your shorter days cosying up inside♥

  22. Marilyn. Your photos are outstanding. You have an artist's eye for sure. The composition and the quality is really professional. I couldn't look away!!

  23. As I'm surrounded by winter's splendor here, the pictures of your incredible fall is just astounding! The colour is so amazing and captivating. I'm so glad that you were able to travel about and enjoy it! Great memories of God's amazing creation!

  24. Really amazing...You have brighten up my day!Love the bible verses too. Hugs!

  25. Hi Marilyn: How beautiful this country is. Your photos are gorgeous and you pick just the right angles to showcase them. Those kinds of road trips are so special, nothing but beauty and time that goes way too fast. It looks like you might have a white Christmas, wouldn't that be special, at least to me it would. Thanks for your sweet visit. I try to do the best I can and that is what we all hope for..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  26. Those are great pictures, Marilyn. Fall was brief here,too....too brief and we, too, have snow. I guess we will be in for a long winter of it here. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. xo Diana


  27. Picturesque views of beautiful pictures

  28. Oh my word, Marilyn, I'm in complete awe at your photos! I felt myself oohing and ahhing as I scrolled through. How wonderful for you and your hubby to get away, but all roads lead to home. Blessings to you and your family.

  29. Your photos are simply spectacular! I couldn't begin to pick out a favorite but I do like that smiling duck! You need to print these photos out as cards. They are each one so beautiful! You really did have a beautiful and colorful Fall!

  30. All that pretty scenery, WoW, God gives us so much to enjoy. Mr D always looks for a place that has a recliner in the room, he would have been happy in that room! Enjoyed visiting with you today.

  31. Such lovely pictures!! Thanks for sharing them.

  32. You outdid yourself with these photos. That first one! Wow.

  33. This is my second visit to this post (first one I didn't leave a message but I knew I'd come back).
    These pictures of Idaho are so wonderful. Fall is amazing and your pictures prove it!

  34. Oh my gosh Marilyn! The Glory of it all! Your photos capture such beauty.. in its many forms and colors and scenes. I've made that trip along the Clearwater River.. years ago.. but I still remember it, and also the Salmon River.. from the thick treed forests to the baron hills.. Idaho surely has it all! I also made that trip up through those little towns you mention and my gradeschool girlfriend lives in Asotin, WA which is about 7 miles south of Lewiston, ID on the Washington side of the Snake River. They have views of the Snake from their house! So baron there but also great beauty. I love the little town of Kendrick, ID with its historic old brick buildings lining the main (and only) street. And then to come home to snow! Wow.. such splendor there and you manage to always capture of the very best of it. Love the river pictures and the crystal clear waters.. my very favorites of all... water... lakes... rivers... streams... creeks.. tumbling under the bridges. Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs... Marilyn J

  35. dear Marilyn this is one of the most gorgeous post i ever saw ,it took quite an effort to remove eyes from these enchanting sights and come to comment :)
    what a glory of fall which seems to spread her wings so widely in your surroundings ,each photos is absolutely beautiful
    i always find an unsaid spirituality within your captures i don't whether it is feeling that my mind grab from your wise words or your special way to take image :) you have mighty camera indeed and remarkable sense of photography !

    wishing you more happiness and peace in your days ahead my dear friend!

  36. Oh my, such glorious photos of the fall foliage and what a fabulous trip this was! I am always saddened when the pretty leaves have fallen from the trees but every season God has something else for us to enjoy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  37. Hi Marylin,

    So late I know. Your pictures are so beautiful. I scrolled through twice. The fire looked pretty and strong.

    I'm a baby, fire scares me.

    I'm sure you will be sharing your walks on Instagram again.

    Happy Thanksgiving


  38. I just stumbled upon your blog. I have been to Idaho on our way to the Spokane area where my daughter and her family live. Your photos are amazing! I will be back to visit again.

  39. Oh WOW! Your autumn scenes are amazing to see, what gorgeous colours.

    Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, sending Happy December Wishes to you.
    Take Care.

    All the best Jan

  40. I felt like I was on your Fall adventure with you as I know many of those areas well. :) You should see the McConnell mansion when it is all decked out for Christmas...simply breathtaking!

  41. Thanks for taking us along. Wonderful photos. I really enjoyed seeing them all. :)

  42. Stunningly beautiful! I grinned to see that you have a “Lewiston” too. I’d give you “mine” and then you could have two. 😏

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