A Daub of Yellow

There be cool breezes floating through the air at night and the cottonwoods are showing it.  Among the green leaves there are blotches of yellow.  The cottonwood lines the sand creeks as they wind their way across the high plains.

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surrounded by emerald are smidges of gold.  The cottonwood is a cousin to its more famous aspen and birch trees.  Like its cousins the cottonwood will glow in the sun come fall time.  Right now the cold air has faked out a few leaves.  Many of the yellow ones have turned brown and are falling off.

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Small groves are glimmering gold in the sun and in sharp contrast to the deep green of the leaves that put a blanket on at night.  The sand creeks drain ridges at about 7500 feet elevation and the cold air rolls down the ridges of the creeks tickling the tender leaves of summer.  These trees are at about 5500 feet elevation so theair is cooler then the lower elevations.

 

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A crisp blue sky outlines the prairie as it gets ready to go dormant for the winter.  The fall flowers are in their glory and if the first freeze holds off the creeks will be adorned with a yellow ribbon snaking across the prairie.

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Soon the trees will be in their full glory for fall.  A clear crisp sky stands guard overhead.

 

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Another sign of fall is the harvest of feed crops, now lots of them go to bird seed.  In great big gulps these monsters swoop across the fields gathering up the crop.

 

Other thoughts

Now that WLS is hooked up with FB they are having problems like FB did and also MySpace.  Hackers and virus’s galore.  Too bad the WLS people had to get so greedy, then that’s where greed leads a person….. down hill.  There are people still having problems with their space, even a hi-jacked space, language changes… it is almost comical.

We’ve cooled off nicely, low 90’s and high 80’s with overnight lows of 40’s…. oh has it been great sleeping weather.

Burn a couple on Labor Day and have a great one.

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16 thoughts on “A Daub of Yellow

  1. Hey John,Nice to see some of photos, along with your wonderful stories. I remember the Cottonwood trees when I lived in the Mountains of N. Cali. They always where some of the first to change leave color. Don’t need the phisher on WL like myspace or FB, but having past experince should help advoid most problems. Enjoy every day. Smiles~

  2. You are a wonderful source of information and good will John. I respect and admire your dedication to these pages. Keep up the good work.

  3. Seems that I recall cottonwood seed in the air pretty heavy out yonder at some point in the year. Kinda like blue sky snow flurries maybe? Oh well, it’s hard to jog 30 year old memories at times.

  4. I’ve seen some tell tale signs of the approach of fall too John. We got a big storm and a nasty cool down right now which should last through the long weekend…ah well. You’re right about WLS..sad stupid waste for sure.

  5. What a surprise to arrive and see autumnal pictures. YVR still quite green but our summers are now a season of brown due to lack of rain.

  6. What a surprise to arrive and see autumnal pictures. YVR still quite green but our summers are now a season of brown due to lack of rain.

  7. Looking at photos remind me (again) of how little sense of the seasons I have in such an intensified urbananized environment. In some ways visits here are good reminder for my soul/spirit that the land actually does take precedence over daily city life.

  8. Looking at photos remind me (again) of how little sense of the seasons I have in such an intensified urbananized environment. In some ways visits here are good reminder for my soul/spirit that the land actually does take precedence over daily city life.

  9. Looking at photos remind me (again) of how little sense of the seasons I have in such an intensified urbananized environment. In some ways visits here are good reminder for my soul/spirit that the land actually does take precedence over daily city life.

  10. Beautiful photos & description of Autumn prairie life & how the plants, trees & birds react to it. It was a great cool-down period for me while I was reading it & a great preparation for bringing my mind back to the idiotic ongoing Spaces problems you’ve mentioned. I’ve encountered every single one of them & am weathering the storm. I find it easier just to complete disassociate myself from hooking together with places like Facebook or MySpace as well as people who have nothing much to say about themselves or offer the world in general. As for Labor Day, I did not labour much except for in the garden working it for the garlic patch & greenhouse lettuces & spinach.

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