I love nature and all it includes, well, except for raking leaves and shoveling snow. I suppose those two tasks have more to do with my age and a bad back than anything else.

I know, there are many folks who consider fall their favorite season. Truthfully, I’m more of a spring person, but while outside raking and composting, I content myself with enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

Our property borders some wetlands and woods. During the summer, I can barely see past the edges, but once the leaves cascade down, it is a whole different world.

I have a path into the area where I put things to compost so this past weekend while dropping off leaves, I took the time to really look around.

Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.
~Gary Snyder

Sending you best wishes for a beautiful fall week as we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you’re hitting the road, safe travels, stay well, and enjoy Mother Nature’s canvas along the way.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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58 Responses to Nature

  1. I can see how a bad back would make raking and shoveling less than fun. What a beautiful spot you have! Reminds me a bit of our yard. We only have an acre, but we live on the edge of a watershed so it feels like we have more. Wonderful ending quotation by Gary Snyder.

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  2. Murphy’s Law says:

    Your canvas highlighting Mother Nature is very creative. I love the condo and the Kale is just beautiful. It always amazes me how leaves and plants and dried branches that are dying still manage to look so beautiful.

    I like the quote from Gary Snyder!

    You took wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing. Hope this is the start of a great week for you.

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Your photos are inspiring and I like the quote, too. Nature, no matter the season, soothes my soul, distracts my mind from thinking too much.

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  4. LINDA SWETT says:

    Loved your message. Maine bus leaves for the Gardens @ 10:00!! 🚌

    Sent from my iPad

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  5. Oddment says:

    What beautiful images! All that is hidden in the summer? Wow. You are so right and so is Gary: this is our home, not a place to visit. We can’t take for granted these vignettes that are ours for the seeing. (We also can’t take our backs for granted! Boy, can they scold when we’ve not paid attention!) Thanks for the wooded tour around your place; it is lovely!

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    • It’s kind of treacherous walking back there because of all the things hidden under the leaves, but I always enjoy myself immensely when I traipse around a little bit. It also makes me smile when I keep reading about not taking up your leaves because there isn’t a place for insects and small animals. I’ll keep raking because they only have to go a few feet to find all kinds of winter shelter. πŸ™‚

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  6. bikerchick57 says:

    Beautiful, Judy! I like going for bike rides during all three biking seasons simply because I see a different landscape between spring, summer and fall – houses that were covered by the lushness of summer or a pond that becomes more beautiful with the colors of autumn. I’m glad you were able to take in this season on your property.

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  7. Joyce says:

    Looking out at our woods yesterday, viewing the same kind of beauty, I thought I should take a photo on the first of every month for one year. I personally love the sheltered feeling that summer provides, but you sure see a lot more in the fall! Your photos are wonderful!

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    • That would make an interesting calendar – one photo each month. Yes, you glance and it may take a few minutes to figure out it is a tree leaning or something else that has caught your attention. The view is always interesting, but I am more observant to make sure I’m not trespassing in some animal’s bedroom.


  8. Love the photos Judy, especially the pretty little kale in the compost!
    I have been rather lucky in my life at avoiding shoveling snow. However, my husband had a heart attack a few weeks ago so I suspect that will be a job I’ll have to take over!

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  9. pbmgarden says:

    You live in a pretty area. The trees are majestic and I love the moss. Take care of yourself.

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  10. John Hric says:

    Love those photos in the woods Judy. Thanks

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  11. Fall is definitely beautiful but I’m a spring girl myself too.

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    The subtle beauty of late fall well captured, Judy. Take care of your back…hopefully a winter’s rest will put you to rights. Are you heading south soon?

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  13. Thanks so much for taking the extra time to look around and take photos, Judy. I miss the seasons so I enjoyed these perhaps even more than when we lived in the Midwest. πŸ™‚

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  14. As much as I prefer our warmer weather, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit a tad bit of jealousy when I see pictures of beautiful autumn leaves. Enjoy the changing of the seasons!

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  15. germac4 says:

    Yes, as commented by Janis, I can’t help feeling envious of your beautiful Fall colours, but I agree, sweeping up those leave every year would dampen my enthusiasm! Happy Thanksgiving week Judy.😁🌞

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  16. Nancy says:

    Such lovely pictures of fall’s beauty in your neck of the woods. A lovely stroll it was.
    Have a fabulous week my friend!

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  17. How lovely to have this place over your back fence. Autumn colours are always so beautiful.

    Judy, I was inspired by your watermelon growing success and bought some Sugar Baby seeds. So far I have two seedlings up but goodness, they’re slow growing. Did you find this too or am I doing something wrong? I sowed more seeds a few days ago but nothing is up yet.

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    • Oh, that is exciting. I started mine inside under lights so they came up pretty quickly. We had fun watching them grow, and the only challenge was knowing when to harvest them. I read numerous articles on how and when, but in the end I mostly guessed. I did read an article that it would help if you put the date planted on a marker and then you could count forward based on the package of seeds which would get you close to the desired date. I hope you have a couple of delicious watermelons to enjoy.

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  18. Eilene Lyon says:

    An excellent musing on fall landscapes and our home in the natural world. Enjoyed your photos of the crisp walk in the woods.

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  19. Dan Antion says:

    I do like fall, but you’re right, Judy. it brings a lot of work to us. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. We won’t be traveling, but even riding around town, you need to be safe. I hope you have a nice easy week.

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  20. Oh, I do like the things you stopped to notice. The Kale is beautiful still, as are the wonderful fall color still hanging on.

    The rebar through the tree is different!

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  21. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful images of fall Judy, it’s the only time I miss the north. My birthday is in mid November and I cannot remember a single one that actually still had leaves on the trees!! I don’t miss that part of it at all. Nor the winter that follows it. But I loved the autumn colors and their delicious smell. Stay warm up there and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

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  22. You have an eye for beautiful fall images. That kale is brilliant and so is the moss on the stick. Well done. Enjoy the sounds of the leaves crunching beneath your feet.

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  23. I don’t like raking leaves, but I do love using a leaf blower! Especially if the sun’s out and the weather’s dry. Shoveling is also OK with me, but only if I have all day to do it, and nothing else to do. But of course what do i wind up doing? Blowing leaves in the rain, and shoveling prior to sunrise, at the start of a busy day.

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  24. joey says:

    Fall is so incredibly beautiful and you captured it perfectly! Best to you and yours for the Thanksgiving!

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  25. Forestwood says:

    Sumptious leafy floor – as we don’t have an Autumn here, all these photos are very much appreciated.

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