I haven’t participated in a photo challenge in a long time, but how could I pass up Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge when the topic is ‘Nature.’ Thanks, Dan, for the reminder.

A lot of people are perfectly happy being indoors with clean fingernails. I’m probably at my best prowling around outside checking out plants and pollinators.

My interest in gardening goes back to my grandparents’ farm where he was responsible for a huge garden which fed them all year, and she took care of the flowers and processed the garden harvest.

In between, there were many years I wouldn’t have been considered a gardener at all because of the heat, wind and humidity of the Midwest where we lived plus working full time. After we moved to NH, I decided to take the Master Gardener course, picked up a shovel, and have had unpolished nails ever since.

People spend a lot of money on counseling for various issues, but I must admit being out in nature, hearing the birds and the crickets and watching plants grow is balm for my soul. Many people get that same feeling taking a walk, riding a bike, boating or skiing down a mountain.

The common theme is ‘outside.’ I love being outside in nature.

Going South for the winter means different things to retirees, but to me it means I can be outside with family and friends during the cold months of the Northeast. It’s a good thing.

This morning I’m headed out to check another item off my fall to-do-list – moving some plants. This sounds like a bad joke, but it was so hot and dry here this summer that daylilies didn’t bloom as well as usual and their leaves turned brown. Those of you who garden know that daylilies are tough, but even they felt the effects of this past summer. I’m replacing them with Autumn Joy Sedum that will handle drought conditions better and are lovely this time of year.

Happy Monday, and if you’re outside be sure to check out Mother Nature’s early fall displays. No one does it better.

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

  1. Judy, these are all beautiful nature photos! Happy Monday morning! Have fun moving those plants.

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  2. Murphy’s Law says:

    Turtles on a log! You made my day!🤗 All beautiful captures of Mother Nature at her best. The fall foliage at the dam is stunning. I wonder if it will be as vivid this year.

    My lower back hurts just thinking about you moving those plants. Truth be told, it hurts because I overdid getting ready for fall/winter. I know I can’t work in the yard like I used to, but I get lost when I’m gardening and don’t know when to stop. It’s always too late! Lol! Yes, it’s definitely therapeutic, and I need all the therapy nature has to offer.

    Make sure those ice packs are handy in the freezer. You’ll be up close and personal with them later on. 🤪

    Happy Monday. Happy week.

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    • I’m using the ice packs as I type. 🙂 If only I worked as fast and as easy as I did even ten years ago. According to local authorities, the fall colors are not going to be as colorful and the coverage will be limited. It’s all courtesy of the drought conditions. The electric company is already warning of service disruption this winter because of compromised trees coming down. The gift of drought just keeps on giving.


  3. You remind me of my next door neighbor. She has a beautiful yard all terraced with flowers and just a small patch of grass. She is always moving plants around. Sometimes they don’t work out in the first spot and sometimes they grow taller then she expected. I miss my garden but I was already down to 4 tomato plants.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I couldn’t agree more, Judy. Nature is a sure balm for the soul!

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  5. The bee on the orange flower is just lovely! We aren’t showing signs of fall here yet, but distress will surely be showing up in the trees and bushes soon as we are once again socked in smoke from a California fire(s). Sigh. Nature and being outside is what feeds my soul as well. I’m even discovering the joys of being in the snow. Your red berries in the snow image is wonderful!

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  6. Beautiful pictures! And I’m with Eliza. Nature is a balm for the soul. You made the best case for heading south in the winter that I have ever heard. I doubt I will ever follow suit—I’m too much of a northerner—but I sure can understand the appeal.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos. Reminds me how pretty this world can be. Thanks.

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  8. Joyce says:

    Your pictures are stunning. And gardening is your source of the internal peace you project here. I never read of any cut throat competition, anger, or pettiness. You consistently respond to challenges from weather, uninvited wildlife, or health issues with calming optimism….and that’s my arm chair psychologist analysis for the day! No charge since you’re such a lovely client!

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    • If only we lived closer so I could come for a personal consult. It would be lovely. 🙂 I just came in from shoveling a half a load of wood chips and trimming the grapes. There was just me, birds, bees, and a muffled traffic sound. It was a good thing. I just went over to make sure I hadn’t missed any of your posts, and I have and I’ve missed those lovely grands of yours. I don’t get an email notification, and sometimes I see it on FB but other times not so much. I’ll head over.


  9. Glorious photos, Judy!! No fall colors in California or Arizona I’ll enjoy yours.

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  10. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh what marvelous nature photos you have. So many gorgeous photos. I love the turtles 😀

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  11. Good g-d, that shot of the berries and branches with the snow is wonderful. It sure looks like it’s from a camera and not a phone, so don’t ruin my vision by telling me otherwise. 😉 Great shots, all of them! – Marty

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  12. More beautiful images Judy! Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  13. Oddment says:

    What beautiful photos! There is peace in every one of them. The sisterhood of the dirt manicure is a very elite sorority, and no one gets in without properly disgusting nails. I congratulate you on the status! (I’m a charter member.) There are certainly times in life when we have to get outdoors or we break.

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  14. germac4 says:

    I agree with everything you say Judy, I think gardening is so good for keeping us healthy and happy and I would be lost without being able to put my hands in the soil. I love the previous comment …and I’m part of “ the sisterhood of the dirt manicure”!

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  15. Beautiful photos, Judy. Your story reminds me of my own grandparents. They didn’t live on a farm, but in a small western town on a large house block. Almost the whole back yard was taken up with Pop’s garden. He grew so many different fruit and vegetables and Grandma was responsible for cooking or preserving it all. My favourite was the huge old mulberry tree – jam and pies! Yum.

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    • Great memories! It’s strange what you remember from your childhood. They two big chest freezers. Blanched fresh veggies went into plastic bags, tied, and then inside white boxes with the name written on it. Then they were stacked in the freezer. When we visited other times, we come away with a bag of little white boxes. 🙂

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  16. Nancy says:

    What beautiful nature photos and many with Fall feels.
    I too need to be outside in Nature. Gardening, walking and sitting outside with the birds, crickets and butterflies does it for me! The heat did not help that out… but it’s cooling down, I think.
    Happy Week to you!

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  17. Dan Antion says:

    These are beautiful photos, Judy. I love the be, the swan?? and the turtles – I think I love the turtles the best. I understand the comfort you feel being out in the garden. There is something about seeing ordinary nature, and something even better when you’re working with/within it. I am sorry about the way this summer has damaged gardens across New England. My wife lost most of her vegetables. It’s sad, knowing the amount of work that goes into a garden, when the weather steps in like this. Hopefully we can salvage fall.

    Thanks for the mention. I’m glad I could spread the word about Cee’s challenge. Sometimes, the topics resonate with us.

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    • You mention ‘ordinary nature,’ and that probably describes what I do best. 🙂 I feel the Editor’s disappointment because I pulled my veggies out they were in such bad shape. I never harvested one full sized tomato. 😦 Even with supplemental watering, small gardens just couldn’t take that heat plus mine were in stock tanks which no doubt increased the soil temperature. I’ll be enjoying the cooler temps this week as I continue to do my fall chores, but I sure wish I had your ‘puddles’ of water. Have a good one, Dan.

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  18. Eilene Lyon says:

    Very lovely images. I like the butterflies especially. I’m wearing a t-shirt today that says, “Gardening is better than therapy — and you get tomatoes.” 😊 I will be moving some plants this fall, too. We got a little bit of drought relief this summer. Had more rain than usual in June and July. Still pretty darn dry, though.

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  19. bikerchick57 says:

    Judy, these are lovely photos! I especially love the photo of the boardwalk and straight standing trees. Where is that?

    I’m with you – I prefer to be outside in nature, on trails, near water, or taking care of potted flowers. It’s my form of emotional therapy, where cares of everything else tend to drift away. I hope you had a wonderful week and enjoy the weekend.

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  20. I’ve been away from my emails so I hadn’t seen this post before. Gorgeous photos! I keep thinking one is my favorite, then I pick another.

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  21. Thank you for sharing these pictures. They are amazing. ❤

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  22. Brenda says:

    Kindred spirit. Being outside in nature is as essential as food, water, and sleep for me. I feel so sorry for people encased in buildings 24 hours a day–what beauty, interest, and richness of bumping against non-human lives they miss.

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  23. Dawn says:

    So many kindred spirits gather here, Judy! I feel the very same way about spending time in nature. The garden is my happy, creative, healing place! Every time you head south for the winter, I savor your warm, sunny, green, colorful nature photos and stories. They are such gifts for those of us whose Winter gardens are covered by a snowy blanket for such a long time! Wishing you happy, healthy Autumn days, Judy! 💗

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  24. slfinnell says:

    I enjoy reminding my eldest that she would probably someday end up as an inner city teacher of gardening each time she complained about weeding. Well I was kinda right?? Lol

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  25. Yes, it’s definitely nice to spend time outdoors.

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