Thursday, September 23, 2010

Autumn Colors

Maple Ablaze
Autumn officially began at 10:09 PM (CST) last night.  The calendar finally caught up with the Northwoods autumn weather,... cool days, cold nights, and after eight years of drought, we have gotten 1-3" of rain in the area, and expecting another 1-2" tonight.   

Exterior logs being washed, preparation for staining.
Yesterday, a beautiful sunny day, I was scrubbing and rinsing the exterior logs of my home.  When I needed a break, I'd grab my camera, take a short walk and once drove down the road in search of brilliant fall color.  

View of Torch Lake from my porch.

Fall color in the WI Northwoods.

Oak, at the edge of the yard, just starting to change color.

After living up here for 18 years, I still haven't gotten used to autumn coming a month earlier here than in southern Wisconsin.  We've already had frost, though some hardy mosquitos continue to survive.  Spring is the same, only in reverse, with frost possible through the first two weeks of June.
On rainy days, like today, I can spend some time in the weaving studio.  I had taken a good share of this year off from weaving and cranking items to sell.  I needed time to think about what direction I want to go.  I'm thankful for that time, have some good ideas, but am also now going "back into business," weaving and making socks for a new online shop on (coming soon), as well as preparing for next summer.  The challenge now will be finding time for both "want to weave" and "need to weave," and starting to merge the two. 


Helga said...

want to weave - need to weave:
a difficult balance to find!

MadCityMike said...

Beautiful photos! We have a few trees beginning to turn down here, but not too many yet. Fall has always been my favorite time of year.....even more so now that I no longer have to go back to work. ;)

neki desu said...

what lovely scenery!and so weaving inducing.

Anonymous said...

So many beautiful reds and oranges and browns for inspiration!

Judy said...

What gorgeous photos of the area around you! Just seeing all of that must be inspiring. When do you have your first snow?