outdoors

SO Ohio

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These photos are SO Ohio. As in both “very” and “Some Of.”

Evils garage

Perfect location for a Halloween horror house? Unused.

Cotton candy

We found several semi-tractors pulling other carnival rides and food vending trailers in a small town. Oklahoma plates. Unexpected.

Wind vanes n tractor

We saw lots of agriculture in action. For much of the summer, the action is slow, at the speed of plant growth. Today, we saw machines in fields, trucks towing equipment on the roads, and here and there joining the driver, a child standing in the large high cabs watching, watching.

It’s harvest and manure-spreading season. We saw gleaners with very wide maws that consumed soybean plants with regard to rows, and maize harvesters fronted by evil points to keep the rows separate and feed them into the core of the contraption. Different harvest engineering strategies. At one point, we drove by two miles of freshly manured fields, very odiferous.

Use your imagination

Lake MI view S

Our late-day escape put us down by Lake Michigan when the sun was low and the light was special. Lightly lapping waves…if it were only 30°F warmer….

Late dusk sky

Much later, I captured this combo of low light and bug-scabbed windshield. The moon was big, but all captures of that don’t do it justice.

Use your imagination

Lake MI view S

Our late-day escape put us down by Lake Michigan when the sun was low and the light was special. Lightly lapping waves…if it were only 30°F warmer….

Late dusk sky

Much later, I captured this combo of low light and bug-scabbed windshield. The moon was big, but all captures of that don’t do it justice.

Maple art

Full autumn maple

I captioned this photograph full autumn maple, which it is, and superbly set off by the blue sky and clouds…. I particularly enjoy the layering of the separate branches…the tree’s version of graduated color?

From this angle only a bit of the foundation of the green cottage is visible…see it back there?

Surprises

Ferns drying

As near as I can tell, no frost…yet the ferns are cycling to winter hibernation.

Shroom log

I took a wander, enjoying that the knee feels pretty steady, even on uneven ground. Without a doubt, we’re having a mushroom year, although the assortment on this log is denser than elsewhere.

Field oregano

On the north edge of the field I even found this enduring, unexpected, lone, leggy oregano plant…I suspect it’s essentially a weed (durable in poor soil and other conditions) in its older forms and in its original landscape.

Autumn in beets, leaves, needles

Deer beets

We ventured out to do errands, and found these deer beets. They’re sugar beets used by hunters as bait. They look like brown lumps.

Autumn tree tunnel

Then, we took a long loop back, checking out the color in the woods. I love it when the tree tunnels get autumnal….

Pine needle carpet

And even the pines are losing some needles, creating a golden carpet.

Farm notes

Woods color

Yes, the leaves continue to get more colorful, but right here there’s still plenty of green….

We watched several birds wheeling above the field, and were pretty sure one was a bald eagle. The others were a bit smaller, maybe crows? (I did not count them.)

Beach foam

Windy today, and the foam is lapping the beach. It’s natural, but I’m not sure if it is from the chemistry of the cedar swamps that drain into the lake or something else. NOT pollution.

Refuge autumn

Maple color shrub

We ventured over to the wildlife refuge to check on critters and color.

Tree skeleton

I got distracted by a tree skeleton…

Stump skeleton

…and a stump skeleton…

Swan family

…as the bird count was low, and most we saw were far away. We did see a loon (near the loon overlook, of all places), a very few Canada geese and mallards, a wood duck, and this family of swans. The mostly-grown goslings cygnets, to the left, still have slightly brownish-grey feathers; I do not know when they become white.

Image day

Lake view

Much of today became about images to me. Our day dawned without dawn, just a lightening that followed rain in darkness. That’s Lake Superior, our witness throughout most of today’s adventures.

Patella xray

This is today’s most image-y image. That’s my patella, upper right, and I am told I have loose knees. One has been ailing, got a shot, and I think at least temporary recovery is in sight.

Thunder bay inn

Recently, I got my book club to read “Anatomy of a Murder” and see the movie. This is the tavern were the movie scenes were shot. It was a wing built onto the hotel for the shooting of the movie in 1959. The book is based on a real murder that happened in this town.

The stuffed peacock upper right is a nod to the present owners, the Peacock family. No peacock was on the menu.

Lighthouse BnB

You can stay at this lighthouse B&B. Prepare for a windy time.

Autumn maple

The sun was out (briefly) as we toured by this stunning maple.

Mushroom beach

Then we found what we called mushroom beach. Mushrooms peppered the forest floor under the (planted pines) and we even found them among the (planted) beach grasses.

Active ore dock

This is an active ore dock just north of Marquette proper, and quiet today. Last time we visited, there was an ore carrier docked but no loading happening.

Happy forks

We had a most excellent meal. The cheesecake with marinated cherries did not last….

Northcountrysunset

And, then, appropriately in our rearview mirror, sunset….

Sun and rain (repeat)

Maple by road

It may not be clear what this is. It’s an ancient maple (relatively speaking), with a rust-orange lichen(?) painting the bark. Below it is a stand of lilacs.

Barberry rain

Later, we had several spates of rain. So far, the first was the strongest, although it tapered off quickly. Those white streaks are raindrops; the largest ones are falling off the roof. I like the arcs that the barberry branches make.