Well, goodbye beautiful colours, anyway.
On Saturday, the girls and I biked (and I use that term VERY loosely, because both of them were in the bike trailer, so it was only I who was pedalling!!) down to the river a mile from our house. The trees have been clothed in multi-coloured splendor for the last week or so and I still hadn't gotten many good shots of the beautiful golds, greens, coppers, and reds. Many of the leaves are on the ground already, so even though it was somewhat overcast, it was reasonably warm and let's face it, I wanted to postpone washing the dishes and tidying up the house just a little longer!
Instead of just going down to the bridge, we veered off the beaten path and biked down what was formerly a cattle trail. The farmer that owns the land on the other side of "my" mile road used to graze his cattle in the field opposite our yard, but fenced the trail off and decided to turn that field into a cash crop this year. So I biked up to where the trail is blocked off, parked the bike, and we wandered down the well-worn cattle trails to the river.
Looking back at the bridge:
The river is VERY shallow because we've gotten very little rain over the summer.
Oh, hello there!
Fidget, not surprisingly, set off at a jog to go pet the cows, but I reigned in her enthusiasm when I told her I really didn't want to meet up with an unimpressed bull. Nothing that exciting happened. After snapping a couple of pictures, we went back around the bend so as to be out of their view and we all lived happily ever after.
The Little Mermaids:
One last look before turning and heading back up to the road:
It's kinda hard to tell here, but this is Fidget's back and the neighbour's dog as they climb up the trail back to road level:
And here's Peanut, content to lag behind, further down the trail, pretending she's exploring all on her own:
A clear, blue sky would have greatly enhanced these pictures, I think, but I'm so glad we went when we did because it was a beautiful afternoon even without direct sunlight. And yesterday was windy and damp and significantly more leaves were on the ground. Autumn is definitely past its prime.
Ahhh, Fall. Your beauty is all too fleeting.