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September 5, 2011

Back to the Woods


Summer is slipping through our fingers, I’m sad to say.  Although autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 23rd this year, today, Labor Day, often feels like the end of the season.  It didn’t feel like summer was over to Daphne when I took this picture though!  Let me back up a little.

Saturday morning seemed like it was to be one of those delightful days – a nice one for either summer or fall – with wispy clouds, gentle breezes and a high of 80°.  I hadn’t taken the dogs for a walk in the woods for weeks, mostly because the last time we did so,  they came back covered in ticks or the days had started out just too humidly for me to want to make the trek.  I decided we would avoid the tall grasses and hope for the best this time out.

I was rewarded with beautiful sights along our path, looking so different from when Becky and I went out together back in the spring, or even from some of our early summer walks.

The old tractor path we follow was lush and green, forming almost tunnel-like feeling

This field of tall grasses developed a purply-pink color that I don’t remember seeing before – I think it is just this particular type of grass gone to seed.

Wild black-eyed susans,



and goldenrod were in full bloom

Giant dragonflies hovered above the fields, though I struggled to capture them in a photo:


And just for you, Kathy, I even found a mushroom I could consider a little bit beautiful in its pink color:

The dogs and I happily ambled along the paths, a few times turned around by impasses likely created by Irene, but had a thoroughly enjoyable walk.  A small swamp with a running stream across part of our path was a bit larger at this time of the year, after the significant rain we’ve had recently, which gets me back to the picture at the beginning of my post.  The last time I showed this part of our walk, it looked like this:


It was the end of March, and warm for that time of year, but probably at least 20 degrees cooler than this past Saturday.  I didn’t think it was overly warm out, but then I wasn’t wearing a fur coat!

Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!  Have a wonderful week.


  1. The last shot is precious and says it all when it comes to wearing fur coats during the summer, even late summer. 🙂

    What an amazing difference a change in seasons can make. I really like the tunnel-like look and feel to the path in the late summer. Dragonflies require patience and (I’m guessing) no dogs around if you want to capture them. Or children who won’t stand still (like my granddaughters). They fly in patterns and like to land on almost-vertical sticks, dried grasses, etc. But the photographer has to be very, very quiet and still.

    Comment by Robin — September 5, 2011 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin.
      I agree, dragonfly photography is much easier without 130 pounds (Teddy was with us too) of dog tugging at the leash in one’s hand. Unfortunately I only seem to see these king-sized dragonflies when I’m on our walk; I’ve managed shots of smaller ones in my own yard.

      Comment by Karma — September 5, 2011 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  2. I love your pictures and I really love your writing. Daphne looks so pretty too!

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — September 5, 2011 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  3. Nice mushroom, Karma! I can feel the late summer energy in your post… Hope we’re not wearing a fur coat any time soon!

    Comment by Kathy — September 5, 2011 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy – I was thinking of you when I took the picture! 🙂
      No, no fur coats any time soon – and even when it is that time, faux fur only! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 5, 2011 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  4. Daphne had the right idea! It was muggy this weekend. Lets try to walk there with the dogs when the leaves are changing?

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 5, 2011 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

    • That sounds good Becky – are you going to try Stella on a leash?

      Comment by Karma — September 6, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  5. Lovely pics, they remind that life is so worth living

    Comment by Pesto Sauce — September 6, 2011 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  6. You’ll be pleased to know this post is all good, as my broadband is back up and running at full speed… Real nice shots Karen, especially liking the lush green tractor track… Not so pleased however that summer is over, as it would seem we’ve now received the remnants of your hurricane… Thanks for that… lol… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — September 6, 2011 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

    • Yay on the internet speed, boo on the weather!
      Thanks Brian.

      Comment by Karma — September 6, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  7. Ah, what a nice way to spend a summer’s day. Out exploring and then a quick dip in a cool stream.

    I had a lovely holiday weekend. Two hot ones and a cool rainy one to catch up on chores around the house.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 6, 2011 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

    • Wouldn’t it be great if every weekend was a three-day weekend?

      Comment by Karma — September 6, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  8. What a nice walk! No way would Katie (the princess sheltie at my house) even get her feet wet! Would be fun to walk a big ole water loving dog!

    Comment by Dawn — September 6, 2011 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know that I’d call Daphne a water-lover, but shallow water when she’s hot and tired is acceptable.
      Thanks Dawn.

      Comment by Karma — September 7, 2011 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

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