Call of the Wilderness

“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.”

~Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States of America

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Autumn colors begin to make their annual appearance in northern Wisconsin.

Goodbye Summer 2016

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.”

~ Dr. Henry Cloud (1956- ), American psychologist

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Maple leaves showing off their color for this first day of fall.

Wild Morning Glory

“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”

~Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), French photographer

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While some may debate the “excitement” of this photo, I encourage viewers to consider the way the vine has wound its way around the dead branches of an old tree.  It was the lovely pink blossom of this wild morning glory that caught my eye as I walked. Note the blossoms yet to open during these lovely fall days of September – an unexpected find that brought a smile to my face.

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach (1947- ), American author

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A swan flies over the wild rice beds of the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge located in McGregor, Minnesota.

To learn more about the refuge, please visit their website.

 

 

Common Loon

“We all experience ‘soul moments’ in life – when we see a magnificent sunrise, hear the call of the loon, see the wrinkles in our mother’s hands, or smell the sweetness of a baby. During these moments, our body, as well as our brain, resonates as we experience the glory of being a human being.”

~Marian Woodman, (1928- ) Writer, international teacher, and Jungian analyst

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This is a young loon swimming in the shadows of a lake on an autumn morning.  The calls of a common loon across a lake are magical.  If you have not heard any before, click on the links below for a sampling:

Bountiful Crops

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

~Ovid (43BC – 17 AD), Roman Poet

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This is a field of corn yet to be harvested.  When do farm fields rest?  Seems like a simple question, right?  I tried googling this topic and was overwhelmed with the theories and practices on this subject!  While experts agree that it is important for soil to rest, how and when to proceed is a complex process involving weed control, soil testing, fertilizer assessment, potential for grazing, crop analysis…well, perhaps this gives you an idea of the complexity.  I suspect Ovid would be surprised at how much we have learned since back in the day.

I am grateful again for farmers and the work that they do for all of us!

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes are large birds that live in open habitats, so they’re fairly easy to spot if you go to the right places. In summer look for them in small bogs, marshes, and prairies across northern North America and the southeastern United States. In winter they form immense flocks in places like Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. Their bugling calls are unique and can be heard from miles away—they can help alert you to this species’ presence, particularly as they pass overhead on migration. (From allaboutbirds.org)

This is a photo that I took of Sandhill Cranes in October.  Aren’t they handsome birds?

Sandhill Cranes foraging for food in a Minnesota farm field.
Sandhill Cranes foraging for food in a Minnesota farm field.

Little Lime Hydrangea in Autumn

IMG_6787-1Not every November has been so kind to those of us living in Minnesota.  Today I found myself out in 70 degree weather!  (The average for this time of year is usually around 40 degrees.)  I had a chance to photograph some of the flowers and plants that still look beautiful even though we have had our first frost.  I’ll post more photos over the next few days.  This first one is of a Little Lime Hydrangea.  I love that its color has taken on a vintage appearance.

Hurray for Chrysanthemums!

AS4A5821-1Teleflora shares that to the Japanese, the chrysanthemum is a symbol of the sun and its orderly unfolding of petals represents perfection. Confucius once suggested they be used as an object of meditation. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life.

For me,  the chrysanthemum is a warrior plant that fends off the eventual grays and browns of November.  Hurray for chrysanthemums!