Fall Prepares to Leave

The bottom is supposed to drop out, temperature-wise, this weekend, so I decided I’d get some late autumn photos before nothing is left but sticks!

This sugar maple is decked out in reds and yellows

What says “Autumn” more than a yellow Chrysanthemum?

This Dogwood has all sorts of pretty colors, from shades of gold to crimson and bronze

I don’t remember my Crepe Myrtle turning this pretty last year!

Ooh, looks like somebody’s going to have to do some raking!

This miniature Japanese Maple is a profusion of brilliant red leaves

Even sidewalks get into the act — some feature leaves so deep you can really swoosh through them!

Here’s another yard just begging for a rake

In a sea of reds and yellows, this purple mum truly stands out — I like to think it knows how special it is!

Has Autumn been spectacular in your neck of the woods, too?

Note: So far, nobody has correctly guessed my Darling Doggie’s name! But you still have until 6 p.m. CDT on Sunday the 28th to guess. If nobody comes up with a correct answer by then, we’ll just have to toss all the names into a hat and draw one out — I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 29th (and make arrangements for shipping the earrings to them). Thanks to everybody who played along!

24 thoughts on “Fall Prepares to Leave

  1. Debbie, I love how you have captured the brilliant colors of Fall. As all the leaves fall from the trees, there are still pockets of brilliance, as if some trees are flaunting their colors and saying, this is my last hoorah and I’m going out with a bang before the snows of winter coat my branches. I told you I love trees and I tend to personify them! Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing. And darn, I keep thinking about Darling Doggie’s name 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed them, Kathy. I’m afraid the camera just doesn’t do them justice! We share that love of trees — I, too, tend to give them personalities, and I place ownership on special ones to special people. The brilliant sugar maple in my first picture, for instance, is “Domer’s Tree.” It was planted when he was just a wee lad; now look how tall and full it’s grown!

  2. Love colors of fall. I took a walk this morning and it was Norman Rockwell perfect. The Chrysanthemum are my favorite, I think.

    Kelly? Hogan? Fred? Autumn? I feel a little like the princess in Rip Van Winkle. . .

    • Sheltie is guffawing!! None of those are right, but if he’d been a ‘she,’ I’d have liked Kelly. Kinda fits the Irish theme, doesn’t it? But keep in mind, Domer didn’t know he was going to ND when the Sheltie arrived. Speaking of the Sheltie, we took a nice long walk this morning, too, and loved swooshing through piles of leaves fallen yet not gathered.

  3. Ooooh, I just love these photos! Sugar maples are always gorgeous…and so are those leaves waiting to be raked…I’d be tempted to call them decorations and call it a day!

    • I think that’s what the owners are intending! Since our town banned leaf burning several years ago, it seems nobody is willing to rake leaves, bag them, and haul them away. At least it’s better for those with allergies and asthma, or so they say!

  4. Debbie, I love these fall photos. As for the Sheltie, I don’t think you gave good hints. We can’t all be that pathetic. Maybe we need the assistance of a Sherlock Holmes. Sigh. Is the Sheltie’s name, Tramp?

    • NONONO, his name’s not Tramp! As for my hints, what can I say? I didn’t want to make it toooooo easy and wreck everybody’s creativity! I’m glad you like my Fall photos, though — I got them just in time. Today’s 39 degrees and you’d be surprised how many leaves are lying on the ground!

  5. Oh, I love the colors – especially that first pic of the tree. That purple mum doesn’t really fit in, but sometimes it’s good to stand out. We don’t have any fall colors, but I do enjoy this time of year because the temps are perfect. Eighties all week.

    • Eighties all week? With Halloween right around the corner? Sorry, but I think I’ll keep our 50s. Although I’m sure I’ll be eating my words when the snowballs start hitting me in the face, ha!

    • It turned especially lovely this year, Barb. I kind of thought the drought would stunt its colors, but I was wrong. Perhaps droughts concentrate leaf color??

  6. Hi,
    I was drawn to your site (via Janna) and the picture of your sheltie. He is beautiful. We’ve had two shelties. Cinnamon (a tri color like yours) had a good 15 years, though she always had a seizure disorder and she was on the frail (but beautiful) side. Shadow , also a tri, but more black, was with us for 13 1/2 years. She left us at the end of January and I’m still not over it. Now we have a cavalier puppy…9 months old and a real cutie…our first male. So I was compelled to come to your blog. Thanks for the lovely pics.

    My guess is “TriCub”. We’re also cub fans so I couldn’t resist the baseball and Illinois link.

    • Welcome, Joanne, and thanks for visiting! Sorry, but your guess is wrong. Try again, if you’d like, because I’m keeping my “contest” open until Sunday. Shelties really wrap themselves around your heart, don’t they? I had one early in my marriage — he was sable, too, but lighter than Darling Doggie, and his name was Gabriel (he was my “watch angel”!). He lived to a VERY ripe old age (16, I think!). Before I got Doggie, we considered a Cavalier — their eyes are sooo soulful! — but I guess I’m a Sheltie-girl at heart. Thanks for playing along, and now I’m going to have to explore your blog a bit!

  7. It’s been a spectacular fall here…we didn’t think we’d have much given the lack of rain all summer…but it was beautiful! I’m hoping we skip winter and head straight into spring. What are the odds?

    • What is it they say, If wishes were horses, all men would ride?? I’m right there with you, Dawn — winter isn’t exactly my favorite time of year. Still, after last year’s “light” winter, I think we’re probably due a hard one — at least hard enough to kill the fleas and such, huh?!

  8. What gorgeous photos! I’ve had quite a trip, autumn-wise. In Texas, it was still warm and muggy. Through Oklahoma, the trees were just starting to turn, and now, here in Kansas City, the latest front really wreaked havoc and the leaves are half fallen. I really don’t care. It’s 45 degrees and clear, and the moon is bright and there’s woodsmoke in the air. I’m getting my taste of a real midwest autumn, and I’m ecstatic!

    Your mums are so pretty. I think I’m going to go out tomorrow and try to find some for my aunt. I’m staying at her house and want to give her a little something before I leave. Mums would be perfect.

    I’ve been trying to think of your Sheltie’s name, and the only thing that comes to mind is Silkie! That may not be his name, but that might be what I’d name him!

    • How lucky you are to experience a real Midwest autumn — we’ve had a spectacular one this year! Best of all, I’m guessing you’ll escape before the snows start falling. Sorry, the Sheltie’s name isn’t Silkie. That’s cute — and truly appropriate, considering his luxurious coat — but it’s incorrect. Thanks for trying, though, and have fun shopping for mums — they’re everywhere right now!

    • I love Fall best, too, Bella! By the way, do you hear the Sheltie snickering over your guess? He says his mama would have a tough time hollering Leopold out the back door, heehee!

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