Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trees and Color and RAIN! Oh, My!

We were in NE Iowa this past weekend, and saw sites like this!

This photo was taken Thursday, as the skies were beginning to become overcast.
Do you see the brightly-colored falling leaf??

 The next 4 photos were taken at variou spots on a trail
at Pike's Peak.  MY it was cold!!!
(This is Bridal Veil Falls.)

Photos from a trail at Effigy Mounds.

Do you see the mounds below?

Perhaps 6th graders? on a field trip to Effigy Mounds.

 Now... out my window today...
No sunshine, but Look At the Color!!

And THIS is what it looked like this morning!  It was still raining, and the leaves
were WET!  (Something that has rarely happened this year.)

When we arrived home Saturday evening, we'd received 3 1/4" of rain.
We left the gauge alone, and by noon the gauge read 5 (Five!) inches of rainfall!

An answer to prayer
and a dream come true!


Beth said...

Gorgeous leaves, beautiful color! We got rain in our area too (4") and we are so grateful. Have a good week!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I love fall colors. You have some lovely shots. Effigy mounds is such an iteressting place. We were there in '06. Your fall photos of it are nice.

Northern Shade said...

The scenery around Pike's Peak is beautiful with all of the fall colour and the water. It likes a great place to hike.

Your trees are so bold with their red foliage, lovely. They must be appreciating all of the rain.

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures, Kathy. Certainly looks like a fun get-away!

troutbirder said...

Wonderful post Shady! We often stop at Effigy or Pikes Peaks on our way to the arboreteum in Dubuque...:)

Rosemary said...

Wonderful locales....... tree leaf colours are so bright this year. Must have been the dryness. I too have had rain and not whining ; cheering !

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Beth, It's so nice to have you visiting! I must be more purposeful in getting to your place! :-) And yes, wasn't the rain appreciated? (We could use more...)

Hi Gardener! I'm guessing you're from Kansas. How nice to think you've been to our NE Iowa. It's a spectacular (and unusual) spot in Iowa. Mr. Shady tells me the rivers run "crazily" because it's a spot that wasn't worn by glaciers long ago.

Hi Northern! And how are things Up North? You have some lovely plans for Spring, I see!

Chris!! Thanks for your visit. I want you to read the comments on the post before this one. Something you will want to know about our Sweetspire!!

troutbirder, Quite honestly? We could have used a couple more days hiking those areas!! :-)

Hooray, Rosemary! We celebrate such seemingly mundane things. However, when you've been without... ;-) Cheers!!

Dave@GrowingTheHomeGarden said...

Beautiful fall colors!