Thursday, October 13, 2011

Like a Walk in the Park

It's been ages since we've taken a walk around the pond path together. There's some mulled apple cider by the door - the spiced rum is optional. Please grab a cup and join me.

Autumn Joy - sedum
My own front yard offers this sedum (Autumn Joy) bloom in its early, pink stages of opening.




droplets
It must have rained earlier. These droplets on a broad leaf sure do catch the eye.




wet leaf
More proof of the recent rain.




Mr. Blue at fav spot
This is my favourite spot at my local park and I've photographed it often. The subtle changes of autumn have begun to take place. Look closely to the right of the tree roots and you'll see Mr. Blue fishing the shore.




QAL seeds
A Queen Ann's Lace, closed up tight. Lots of tiny seeds adorn each little bloom.




QAL with red flower
Here's how it looked wide open, in full bloom. Notice the tiny red flower in the center? My bloggy pal Linda pointed that out to me in one of her earlier blog posts. I never noticed the red petals before and now I look for it every time. Thanks, Linda!




wild chicory
And last, but not least, one of my favourite late summer to early autumn flowers - the wild chicory. Such a pretty shade of blue.

I hope you enjoyed the walk. Let's do it again sometime soon.

This is a scheduled post. In all reality, I didn't just walk around the pond because Frank and I are up at the cottage for a few days for one last visit, this year. Still, feel free to help yourself to the cider. It's virtually a bottomless cup.

45 comments:

ladyfi said...

Hic -the cider was delicious!

Lovely lovely shots - that blue flower is so exquisite.

SueAnn said...

I enjoyed the walk and the spiced rum!!
Thanks
Love the shots of the Queen Anne's Lace!! Fabulous!
Hugs
SueAnn

Anvilcloud said...

These kinds of macros are your photographic bread and butter. You do them so well.

ADRIAN said...

I love your images. Have a good time.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH! Sedum = autumn joy, alrighty!

louciao said...

I see what you meant when you commented that a walk along my lake road is very much like a walk in your neck of the woods. I'm happy to see the up-close versions of the same wildflowers I was looking at. I would never have been able to do it so well...best to leave it to an expert like you! Thanks for pointing out Mr.Blue (rather like trying to spot Waldo). Right--I'm ready for that bottomless cup of cider (my favourite kind)now. Cheers!

Out on the prairie said...

I went out looking for apples last weekend and forgot some cider.Sounds real good, a errand to add to my list. Hope you catch some fish.

Naqvee said...

aha.. what a serene scene. The beauty the calmness all is so enchanting yet so mysterious. Im so smitten here

Tabor said...

You season is a about the same as mine. I thought you would be further along into fall.

TexWisGirl said...

so beautiful! that chicory is such a gorgeous color!

missing moments said...

Love that wild chicory shot. Store up all those beautiful images while you are at the cabin. We'll look forward to visiting while wintering.

Daryl said...

I am not sure I could walk far after a refill of the spiced rum .. now I am going to look for those red centers on QAL blooms ..

Linda in New Mexico said...

The cider is perfect, the photos divine and the walk was so much fun. Whew now I'll start my day with a new view.......thanks. Oma LInda

Anyes said...

Walking around the pond with you is always such a treat

Linda said...

The cider was gone when I got here. I think ladyfi drank more than her share. :)

Your photo of the red flower in the Queen Anne's Lace was much prettier than mine. I'm so glad you found it. And the chicory blossom is beautiful.

TechnoBabe said...

The wild chicory photo almost blew me off my chair. What a great photo. I always enjoy my walk in the park with you. You find some wonderful things to save in photos.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i'd love to be there with you sipping spiced rum!

i really enjoyed the walk, and your divine shots!

what a feast for the eyes!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Ha, thanks for the cider, Hilary! Enjoyed the tour around the pond. Spectacular photos.

L. D. Burgus said...

They are very great shots. This is the first year that I ever notices how the Queen's Anne lace close up like that. I had one in the house and it dried up into that shape. I like the sedum photo.

messymimi said...

Cider and a walk where it is getting cool sounds great right now; our high temp today will be 85°F today!

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Brian Miller said...

mmm...sounds and looks like a wonderful time...love all the textures of nature that you captured...

Reb said...

Lovely shots Hilary. I really like the shot of the lake with the heron.

sage said...

You're walks are always so pleasant--love the photos.

Kerri said...

It's always fun to take a "virtual" walk with you Hilary.
PS - I had the RUM with mine :)

Maggie May said...

Raindrops on leaves are a sure bet for a photo. Just lovely. And that tightly screwed up ball of seed heads magnificent. (That doesn't mean that I don't like all the others) but I think it is good to hear what other people like best, don't you?.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I loved my walk here. The scenes are so beautiful.Just what I needed today,thanks.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Love the Queen Ann's Lace still wound up and beautiful.
Thanks for the lovely pics, Hilary.
xo jj

spokalulu said...

Mmmmm... Cider!
I love the periwinkle color of the wild chicory.

yaya said...

I'm actually going to have some spiced cider tonight and now I can enjoy the walk too! Thanks for the peaceful scenery...

Cloudia said...

once again you capture the shots I dream of and give me something to aspire to!


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solarity said...

I'm such a sucker for drops of water.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Bossy Betty said...

I was just waiting for a great walk! Now my day is complete!

Dawn said...

I love that blue of the chicory. A lovely walk Hilary.
And I definitely would go with the spiced rum .... Thank you:)

Shammickite said...

If you roast and grind the roots of the chicory plant, you can make a drink reminiscent of coffee.
And the sedum.... I dug up a teeny tiny seedling from my son's compost pile in the spring, and planted it in my front garden, and now it's just about to produce some pink flowers!

Anita said...

Ahhhh...

That's the sound I made when looking at each photo. When I thought I'd seen the best, another would follow that was just as pleasurable or even more.

Julie G. said...

So many glorious sights along the pond path! Your photographs are exquisite! While scrolling through your lovely images I felt very much at peace. The chicory bloom is gorgeous. A joy to visit your wonderful blog!

Barbara Shallue said...

Thank you for the walk! That wild chicory is gorgeous!

Indrani said...

The wild chicory is fantastic. The drops look like pearls. Great series.

photowannabe said...

Thanks for the cider. I enjoyed it immensly. Great shots. I posted a Queen Anne picture too.
Very jealous of your trips to the cottage. Wish I was there instead of doing the laundry.

Barb said...

Looks as though you're just beginning a lovely fall, Hilary while mine is mostly over. I love the seed head and the rain watered leaves the best.

25BAR said...

A walk to remember!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

stunning shots!

thanks so much for taking me along on your beautiful walk!

betty xx

Susan in the Boonies said...

Lovely shots!

ellen abbott said...

I don't know how I missed this post. So many great photos, especially the closed queen anne's lace.