Wednesday, August 26, 2015

life at 7800












Summer is slowly losing its grip in the southwest and my hand is wide open, sending it off as if it were a feather that drifts away on the breeze. The days are noticeably shorter and although the cooler weather means it's 85 instead of 95 degrees, I'll take it.

But I wasn't sure what I would find at 7800 feet, in late August, here in the mountains of New Mexico.
I found 7800 feet is yarrow and mullein and lupine. Dogs and sunshine and ponderosa pines.
It's thunder that rolls through the canyons and over the ridges. And it's tiny oak leaves, glowing with the promise of autumn.

It's a beautiful time and place.

How, or where, do you find the changing season?

16 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos of the pines - the bark is such a lovely texture. The fur kids seem to be enjoying their break. For me the changing of summer to autumn this year is coming in sounds rather than the usual visual cues. The wind has a different blow tone and the blue jays change in their urgency of calling for food, now!

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    1. The fur kids LOVE the mountains! The cooler air is good for everyone's soul. I admit I was a little concerned about smoke/haze from the fires to the west but it wasn't too bad.
      Hope you are enjoying the changing season!

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  2. You on a log! Beautiful you, on a log! So sweet a picture.
    Going up high to enjoy all the good pondi's, the oak, the thunder on the lupines. And being rewarded with ten degrees cooler!
    Your pictures are stunning. Can you believe there is such a place for you to seek refuge!
    Here's to many more 7800 kind of days....clink!
    xx

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    1. Don't you love the days when there is nothing more important to do than lay on a log and gaze at the sky? I believe we could all use many. many days like that!
      xx

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  3. i truly enjoyed this jaunt through your forest.

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    1. And I enjoyed having you along, if only in spirit!

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  4. You've perfectly captured the spirit of the changing seasons so well. It's not quite fall, but not quite summer-like anymore. We're in liminal space, anticipating.

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    1. Don't you love this time of year? It feels as though anything can happen.

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  5. Love that photo of you on the log!
    Here, there are small changes. The corn rustles more, just barely. Leaves seem less fat as they start to let go of their energy. The woods no longer smell like sex. The barn swallows are gathering (which always makes me a little sad.) Small changes, but they're there.
    xx

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    1. Well if there's one thing that would make me miss summer, it's that the woods will no longer smell like sex.
      ;) You nailed that one.

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  6. Your photos are just beautiful! Though we're in the midst of a heatwave here in upstate NY, the subtle changes are present none the less.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. We've actually had somewhat cooler weather here. It's such a relief and one of those reminders that fall is in the air.

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  7. Good morning from BC, Canada...your blog is a joy to read and a visual delight. Our beautiful Okanagan valley is recovering from the forest fires we have had here in BC. The grapes are being harvested early as this has been our warmest summer on record. it is a great joy to live 5 minutes from a 90 mile long lake. I am loving that our Swptember will be cooler...I will come back to continue reading your lovely blog.
    Xo
    Dagmar

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    1. Thank you and welcome to my blog! So sorry to hear about the fires. I think we are all looking forward to the cooler weather! x

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