September 30, 2006

Walking In the Fall

Whatever else you might say about Massachusetts, one thing that is seldom mentioned is the natural beauty of the area. People who grew up here don't think it's anything special because it isn't dramatic enough. Suffice it to say that they have never been to the midwest or they wouldn't make such rash statements.

Today was a beautiful day - cool, sunny - just the day for a long walk. We took one of our longer routes today. It's 6 miles total (at times it seems like it's up hill both ways). I took my treo and grabbed a bunch of pictures. Sadly I'm not even a good photographer - these were of the point, shoot, pray variety. I can't tell what they look like on the tiny screen of the treo, I can only really see them when I get them on my computer.

The first pictures come at the halfway point. Up til then, I was looking around and taking in the changing leaves and fall flowers. This is from about 1/4 of the way up the side of a long hill. (Yes these are all thumbnails, click to enlarge)

At the top of the hill is a view in the opposite direction of the other picture.

Back at the bottom of the hill is a field. In the first picture you can see just a bit of it - looks like a lawn from up higher. This is surrounded by hills and more trees (yes we live in a forest). Because of the sun in the background, the picture fades out a bit - gives it a soft quality.

This next one, I obviously didn't account for the sunlight, but I think it turned out kinda cool. I was trying to get a picture of the gorgeous purple flowers. It was someone's yard and I didn't want to trespass, so I stood on the road to take the picture.

There are wildflowers growing all over the sides of the road. At one particular spot (the first of the next 4 pictures), there is a short rock wall and then a stream behind that. The stream is mostly overgrown and can't really be seen very well, but it sounds lovely as you walk next to it. Along with the varying colors of leaves everywhere, the next several pictures are those of wildflowers, planted flowers, and some lovely leaves.

The last is one of the roads near our house. The trees aren't fully turning color yet, but they're starting.

All in all a lovely day for a walk.

Posted by: Teresa in FUN at 12:48 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 It is beautiful in Massachusetts in the fall. I really miss being there at this time of year. Loved seeing your pictures.

Posted by: Tink at September 30, 2006 02:26 PM (11q5z)

2 So glad you got to get out and enjoy the DAY!! We did as well, and although it did get fairly warm, it was a gorgeous day

Posted by: Armywifetoddlermom at September 30, 2006 04:21 PM (TeFOm)

3 Yes, New England's GORGEOUS. I don't know how people either miss it or believe otherwise. I miss lady slippers on the forest floor, columbines, and asters. The leaves and vistas, the cool, crisp air.

I envy you!

Posted by: liv at September 30, 2006 04:32 PM (FDh+U)

4 I feel as though I was walking along with you. Hi, Ken.

Posted by: SIssy Willis at October 01, 2006 02:52 AM (cL4Wp)

5 Gorgeous! It looks especially beautiful to someone stuck in south Florida!
And I love the sun shine on the flowers shot... If you hadn't said something, I'd have thought you planned it that way.

Posted by: pam at October 01, 2006 12:01 PM (l6NIn)

6 Looks gorgeous! I love the fall.

Posted by: oddybobo at October 02, 2006 05:50 AM (mZfwW)

7 Sooooo pretty!!!

We are getting some good fall color around here. (It looks weird since it's 83 today....) But the chill will return, I'm sure.

Posted by: Richmond at October 02, 2006 10:11 AM (e8QFP)

8 Byootiful colors. Very cool.

Posted by: dogette at October 04, 2006 11:23 AM (wN2Jx)

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