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September 29, 2012

I just couldn’t let September end this way!

Filed under: Walking the Dogs,What's Blooming — Karma @ 10:08 am
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Gee, what a slow and blue blogging month it has been for me.  The End of the Earth and the End of Summer – that’s all I blogged about.  I couldn’t let it end this way.  I did get out and take some cheerful pictures last weekend, the first weekend of autumn.

In the comments of the “Transition” post that I linked to up there, Michaela and  I were having a little discussion about taking pictures of pretty flowers in someone else’s yard and whether we should do it.  For several years now, I’ve admired the dahlias in the front yard of a house up the street a little ways from here.  They are right along the sidewalk, and I’ve always meant to tote my camera along and take some pictures.  This time I finally did it.  I’m afraid this is really not a  great representation of all the beauty in this yard.  I still felt a little funny shooting someone else’s flowers, so I just did it quickly, didn’t change lenses when I probably should have and got back in my car really quickly!

Dahlias 1

Dahlias 2

Dahlias 3

This last shot gives you the proof of where I was standing, plus it is a really cool looking dahlia:
Dahlias 4

The dogs and I also went on our first walk of the autumn season.  There were still plenty of wildflowers in bloom and the air was warm, so it did help ease my transition and my mood.

I thought this looked like a little bouquet that Mama Nature had left behind:

natural bouquet

All along the path, I found little reminders that there is beauty to be had in all seasons.

autumn grasses

wild flowers 1

wild flowers 2

Queen Anne's lace

In addition, as October approaches (would you believe I just typed “August” there instead of “October”?  Apparently my wishful thinking continues), I hope to rejuvenate my blogging habits.  Robin, over at Life in the Bogs has provided links to NaBloPoMo’s blogging prompts for October.  While I am sure I will not make the commitment to blogging every day in October, the prompts provide some interesting food-for-blog-thought.  I’m hoping to tackle a few – maybe you’d like to also?

wild flowers 3

Robin provides more inspiration in her idea for a group blog walk.  She had mentioned over the summer about how she’d like to take a really long walk someplace she doesn’t always walk, take photographs and blog about it.  She suggested some of us might enjoy doing the same.  I may have helped a little bit in this inspiration by suggesting that she turn it into a blog-along type of event by choosing a time period to complete the walk and allowing us to share our blog posts with her.  She chose the week of October 8th, and I’m hoping to participate if Columbus Day provides this area with some nice weather.  I hope you’ll think about walking along with us.

fading susans

I will have to decide soon if there will be an October photo hunt too. If inspiration strikes me, I will try to post something during the first week of the month.

Now, that’s a bit better, right? No more gloomy funk. Here’s a better kind of funk to end the month 😉


  1. That was a very nice walk, with some lovely flowers (wild and other peoples’) along the way. I don’t see a problem photographing flowers wherever you find them, although if it makes you feel better, you could always knock on the door and ask permission. The homeowner would probably be pleased that you thought her flowers were worth taking pictures of. I do think blogging with photos makes us notice beauty in places we might not otherwise – how about that as an option for October? Finding beauty in strange places?

    Comment by Carol — September 29, 2012 @ 11:08 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. I think I might be even more nervous to knock on the door than I was to take the photos! I will definitely think about that idea for a photo hunt. 🙂

      Comment by Karma — September 30, 2012 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  2. Thank you for the flower walk, Karma. It is hard to ask people permission sometimes. I can get fussed about this, too. Sounds like you are starting to get out of your funk? When do all your trees start to change color? October can be such a stunning month for photographers like you, I’ll bet. 🙂

    Comment by Kathy — September 29, 2012 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

    • I’m definitely getting there Kathy! This weekend isn’t doing much to help though – dreary and drizzly both days so far. But I did buy some of my favorite apples (Macouns) and some new shoes! That does a lot to boost a mood, lol. We have some color changing here and there, but I really can’t remember exactly when the color peaks around here. I just went back through some October blog posts looking for the answer, but didn’t find it! Thank you for your kind words.

      Comment by Karma — September 30, 2012 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  3. Love the field with the pinkish whispy plants.

    I LOVE autumn. Great walking weather. Few bugs. Marvellous scents in the air. Amazing colours in the trees.

    Comment by Sybil — September 29, 2012 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. I think the pinkish whispies are just whatever type of grass covers that part of the field.

      Comment by Karma — September 30, 2012 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  4. Yes that is definitely better! I have dahlias in bloom too…am hoping the frost waits a few more weeks. Will be sharing photos soon. I think you should plant some next summer! They bloom so late that it’s frustrating, but well worth it because they are gorgeous!! October prompts…huh…might take a look…and the walk thing would be fun too…….. hmmmm….food for thought!

    Comment by Dawn — September 29, 2012 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

    • I did plant some in a container this year. I featured them in one of the posts I linked to up there. I’ve never wanted to plant them in the ground because of all the work of digging them back up for the winter if you want to keep them for next year. Do you do that with yours Dawn?

      Comment by Karma — September 30, 2012 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  5. LOL! May have?? I believe the group walk was YOUR idea. lol!! A darn good idea too. I’m looking forward to going on walks with everyone else. Speaking of walks, I enjoyed this one very much. Your neighbor has some gorgeous flowers. I always feel a little funny about photographing flowers in someone else’s yard, too. I enjoyed the music. This song always makes me chuckle. We saw Bruce Hornsby in concert in a small venue (just him and a piano — no band backing him up), and he told a story about how he started taking requests at his concerts, and someone asked him to play “Play That Funky Music” which is not, of course, one of his songs. He did a rendition of it that was pretty funny. I should also admit that we have the Wild Cherry album for that one-hit wonder. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — September 29, 2012 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

    • P.S. I should have said this first: Thank you for the link love. 🙂

      Comment by Robin — September 29, 2012 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

      • Well, however it happened, I’m looking forward to the group blog walk too. I’m really hoping Mama Nature cooperates. I am now trying to imagine Bruce Hornsby sining Play that Funky Music!
        Thanks Robin.

        Comment by Karma — September 30, 2012 @ 8:45 am

  6. I think that I know that house with the dahlias, don’t they have something else there earlier in the season? It’s on Stony Hill, right? There’s a barn down the street that I want to photograph but I’ll have to ask permission to go onto their property. I’m just a little hesitant about knocking on their door as I don’t want to disturb them. I, too, am sad to see the demise of summer though fall does offer many photo opportunities. I keep intending to blog again but with my two 365’s (dslr and iPhone) posting again too a blog seems redundant. I’m behind on visiting blogs as well! Hope your girls are enjoying the new school!

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 30, 2012 @ 8:33 am | Reply

    • Hi there, Becky! I was wondering if your blog had been on a little hiatus. Yes, that house is right on Stony Hill, and if I remember correctly, there may be gladiolus there earlier in the season. That might not be the right flower, but you are right, there is definitely something else along the rock wall.
      The girls like the new school well enough, except for the cafeteria – it is way too small for a school of about 1200 students.

      Comment by Karma — September 30, 2012 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  7. I just loved the dahlias – especially the last group, the ones that look like cheerful little aliens. It never occurred to me that people might not like to have someone photographing their gardens (just from the road/sidewalk of course – I don’t go tromping right into the yard). Maybe I should rethink.

    Comment by Gerry — October 5, 2012 @ 12:19 am | Reply

    • Thank you Gerry. I really don’t know if people do mind others photographing their flowers – of course without tromping into a yard. I just felt a little odd standing on the sidewalk of a well-traveled street in this town, camera in hand.

      Comment by Karma — October 6, 2012 @ 8:02 am | Reply

      • Antrim County is different. Or maybe people have just grown used to me standing knee-deep in the goldenrod taking a picture of whoknowswhat. Margie Guyot is probably right down the road with her easel and umbrella, making a painting of sumpin’ else. We are by no means the most eccentric people Around Here.

        Comment by Gerry — October 6, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  8. Robin has inspired me, during the time I have known her, with so many things, but in particular she has taught me to look for the pleasant aspects of every season. My least favoured season is summer, as it becomes so humid here where I live, with no let up, and as we head into the heat I’m gearing up again to be tested! You did such a wonderful job in finding the beauty as your beloved summer comes to an end. The flowers are simply beautiful. 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — October 6, 2012 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Joanne. I agree, Robin is very inspirational. There are times I wish I had her perserverance. Thinking about you heading into the summer brings a question to my mind: what is the school year like in Australia? Do the kids get a break of a couple months for summer or are breaks from school more spreadout throughout the year?

      Comment by Karma — October 7, 2012 @ 8:33 am | Reply

      • We have four school terms here, with a two week holiday between each term in April, July and October, except in December when the schools close down just before Christmas and reopen again around the end of January. I find it strange that your school year ends in the middle of the year! It is the total opposite to us, along with the opposite seasons. We live just south of the Gold Coast, which you may have heard of as it’s a well known holiday destination in Australia, so during January it becomes very busy with so many extra holiday makers around.

        Comment by Joanne — October 7, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  9. There you go…flowers are good for getting out of funks. Just ask my wife. 🙂

    Okay, legally, if you are on a public sidewalk, you are fine photographing flowers and trees in front yards and even backyards if visible. What you can not do is photograph into people’s homes or over and around fences. There, people have a right to privacy. However, I do recommend stopping and asking. Maybe give them a photo or two in appreciation of their beautiful flowers. I bet they would love it.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 9, 2012 @ 10:11 am | Reply

    • Thanks Scott – glad to know I wasn’t doing anything illegal! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — October 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  10. Haha, and there I thought you asked the homeowner if you could take pictures of their flowers 😉
    Love those dahlias!

    Comment by TheDailyClick — October 11, 2012 @ 7:12 am | Reply

    • No, I didn’t. I felt even stranger to think about knocking on their door. We had our first hard frost of the fall last night, so I’m thinking it is probably too late to go back and get more shots with permission! Thanks Michaela.

      Comment by Karma — October 13, 2012 @ 8:40 am | Reply

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