Saturday, October 10, 2009

Then the Sun Came Out


Yesterday, the rain fell softly upon the earth in Northwest Ohio. Since we'd had a dry summer, the rain was quite welcome.

Health issues kept me from going to work in the morning, so it was a day best spent inside where it was dry and warm, snuggling with a kitty and a blankie on the couch.

This morning, I awoke to a beautiful sight out the bedroom windows, which face east.

The sun was up, and shining through ground fog, giving everything a mystical, ethereal quality. I got out of bed and grabbed the camera so I could capture some images before the sun burned it all away.


Max's Garden presents so many wonderful opportunities for capturing fascinating garden images. It's at the back of our property and there's a lot going on. Of all the gardens we have here, it's my favorite. It's a retreat of sorts from the "real world."


The grape arbor and its resident "scare crow." This is the second year for the vines and we did have a few clusters of grapes (Vitis labrusca). We're growing white, red, and purple seedless varieties: Himrod, Reliance, and Mars.


The dead willow, covered by Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) growth, also holds various bird houses and feeders. If you look closely at this photo, you'll see a smaller work of art...


No sign of the creator of the dew-laden web though.


Native Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides) and foliage from Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus') and False Indigo (Baptisia 'Twilite Prairieblues') are silhouetted by the sun against the split-rail fence at the back of Max's Garden.


At the front of Max's Garden, near the arbor entrance, the grasses are turning their beautiful fall colors, as is the Staghorn Sumac (at the right edge of the photo). In the evening, during the "magical hour," these literally glow.


By the time I finished snapping these photos, the sun had burned off the fog and was lighting up the maple tree.


The day promises to be sunny, if a bit cool for this time of year (57°). The first hard freeze of the season is predicted for tonight, so we'll finish bringing the tender plants in the house today.


14 comments:

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Beautiful expressions of fall in your garden. Yum.~~Dee

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your world was looking particularly beautiful through that foggy lens. I hope you are feeling great today.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I was out with my camera today too. It is so nice to see sunshine!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I hope you are feeling better today!

Sue said...

I enjoyed your lovely photos, and saw the web before you showed it in the next photo.

I hope you are feeling well. Yes, get those plants in. We had to do it already, and I wish I had put some of my outdoor pots in the garage in case the weather turns nicer.

sweet bay said...

Beautiful sunrise pictures! I love the glowing maple too.

EAL said...

Gorgeous, Kylee. I love sumac in the fall. It is on fire here as well.

Janet said...

Morning fog and autumn colors are a perfect combination for great photos!

Alexandra said...

What lovely pictures and what a wonderful garden. I hope your well again.
Funny thing, our September was very dry as well, and the rain we've got yesterday was really needed.
Greetings from Switzerland
Alex

Greg Draiss said...

Excellent photos and beautiful gardens

T Opdycke said...

Wonderfuly photos of a misty morning, Kylee. I especially love the spiderweb.

joey said...

Camera + Fog = Captivating Fotos. Beautiful autumn shots, Kylee.

Patsy Bell said...

You captured the best of fall. Early risers always have the advantage on these cool, quiet days. Your photos are inviting.
Patsy Bell Hobson

MrBrownThumb said...

Nice shots here Kylee. That spiderweb shot is pretty awesome. Congrats on the capture.

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