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Autumn Approaches and Kilt Hose are Done!

Posted by mtmom on October 7, 2010

First, the knitting:

the cuff on his favorite pair

cuff on new pair

I am pleased.

I very much hope that Robert will be pleased as well.

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Fall is definitely coming to the Colorado Plateau.

We expect our first overnight freeze of the season tonight.

The sumac has gone through it’s colors, and is getting rather bare.

14 September

21 September

1 October

3 October

7 October

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But the locust is just beginning to change.

7 October

Meanwhile, inside, the geranium and cactus are happily putting out buds and new “leaves”, respectively.

And this morning, we have the first snow on the Peaks!

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My Yard, as Autumn Approaches

Posted by mtmom on September 21, 2010

Not much knitting news.  Progressing on charity scarf and hat, and on Robert’s forest heather kilt hose — just the cuffs remain — yay!  And I’ve had 2 possible deadlines evaporate, relieving a sense of impending overwhelm:  CastOn did not accept my article proposal, and Sock Madness has more patterns than they’ll need for this year already — relief!  (Eventhough both things would have been good. . . .)

I want to talk about the signs of the changing season here at 7000 feet in Flagstaff.

A time of seeds

Thistle-down. Goldfinches line their nest with it.

Dandelion. Gotta admit, they're pretty.

Mexican Hat? Maroon and yellow petals, and cone of seeds afterwards.

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And a time of colors (the sumac always turns first, then, next month, the aspens!)

Sumac, 14 September

Sumac, 18 September

Sumac, 21 September

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Turning of the Sumac — a September Progression

Posted by mtmom on September 27, 2009

I love watching the colors turn in autumn.  I’ve been trying to document the process in my backyard this year, by taking photos from approximately the same vantage point over the course of several days/weeks.

Here is the north end (south-facing) sumac grove, labeled with dates.

09 September

09 September

16 September

16 September

20 September

20 September

21 September

21 September

27 September

27 September

28 September

28 September

29 September

29 September

30 September

30 September

1 October

1 October

2 October, after a *cold* and windy day and night

2 October, after a *cold* and windy day and night

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The Sumac always goes First. . . .

Posted by mtmom on September 3, 2009

The very beginnings of autumn are starting to appear here on the mountain.

Two weeks ago, a *few* yellow leaves peeked out from among their green brethren on the locust trees. aug_locust

And the sumac began to blush in hidden places.  aug_sumac1

But, with Labor Day coming up this weekend (and the County Fair — more on that later), the sumac has kicked up the colors a notch.

sept_sumac1 sept_sumac2Everything is still mostly green, as you see, including that aspen on the left and the honey locust on the right.

But more and more yellow, orange, and red are coming out in the sumac patch.

Every year it’s lovely,

and comes with cooler mornings and evenings.

One can just FEEL autumn easing on in.

It stirs something in me. . . .

How about you?

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Seasonal Sumac

Posted by mtmom on September 28, 2008

I thoroughly enjoy watching the (always early) seasonal changes of the Sumac in our backyard.

In a few short months, it goes from this. . .

July  

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . to this. . .

 

August

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Sept 11  

 

 

 . . . and this. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . to this!

Sept 27

 

Wonderful!

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Fall Colors and “Carnivorous” Sock Designing

Posted by mtmom on September 11, 2008

I love seeing the colors change at this time of year.  Our sumac turns earliest.  Here it is on 24 August, with just a bit of yellow peeking through from under the green. 

And here is today’s palette.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just love it!

Sock Madness designing had been “eating my lunch” last week (hence the term “carnivorous” in this post’s title!), but this week it’s more or less in hand.  I have the pattern written out to the heel, but am fine-tuning some neat tricks for the ankle.  No photos yet — don’t want to give away any surprises for 2009’s competition!

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