A Beautiful Day on the Mountain

The weather has begun to feel like fall the last few days, and I love it!  I have always had a fondness for autumn.  I find the cooler temperatures invigorating.  There is a different kind of beauty to the season.

Driving up the mountain today, I noticed the great variety of wildflowers blooming: the intense purple of the iron weed, the brilliant yellow of the goldenrod, and the pale pink of the queen of the meadow.  There were other kinds I couldn’t identify: two different varieties of delicate violet blossoms, some tiny white ones, and one that looked like a miniature black-eyed Susan.

At camp, the hydrangea bush is blushing pink as its blossoms dry.

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While harvesting tomatoes, beans, and carrots, I noticed the sky has begun to look like autumn as well: baby blue with puffy white clouds lying low over the tops of the mountains.

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What a beautiful day on the mountain!

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Kudzu Blossoms

The last week or so when we take our dog Daisy for a walk, I have noticed a sweet scent in the air at several spots along the way.  I have determined that it is the kudzu blossoms which are in full bloom right now.  The blossoms smell just like Pez candies, the powdery rectangular candies that come in interesting dispensers.  In my opinion, there is not much that can be praised about kudzu.  We constantly fight to keep it from taking over our yard and house.   But I have to say, the blossoms are lovely and smell delectable.