~Jordanelle State Park

Traveling all day in the sunshine you would know that once we arrived at Jordanelle State Park, north of Heber, Utah, the skies over this beautiful Wasatch mountain range turned gray. However, the aspen, cottonwoods, and grasses, although past their peak, are still pretty.

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A patch of blue sky. The sun moved in and out of the dark clouds.

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The Jordanelle reservoir is fed by the Provo River.

 

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Site 29, with full hookups.

You can find information about this beautiful Utah state park here – Jordanelle

 

~Snow and record-breaking temperatures…

October 14, 2018, Loveland, Colorado

Received about three inches of snow overnight.  Before daylight, woke up to the sound of a snow ploy, on our hill. Tonight will be 15F, a record low for this time of year. Spend the day inside; cooked some dried Black-eyed Peas and drank lots of hot liquids. Brrrrr!

Starting tomorrow our temperatures will be more moderate.

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I took this photo looking south, in the backyard.

The birds have been flying in and out of this evergreen tree all day trying to stay warm.

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Backyard
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Young White-crowned Sparrow
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Adult, White-crowned Sparrow
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Spotted Towhee

The Juncos have been a challenge to capture, so no photos. Please excuse the poor quality of these bird photos, because I took them out the window.

 

~First Junco Sighting

October 11, 2018, Loveland, CO

blowing wind and snow

forcing birds down the mountain

signs of change

 

First Junco sighting today; I saw just one. Birds are moving to lower elevations. White-crowned Sparrows have been enjoying the feeders for a week now. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos to share.

This week we enjoyed the first snow fall of the autumn season. Forecast for Sunday in Loveland – snow and 11 degrees.

           

~Harvest Moon from 2016 and a poem

September 24, 2018

~I was going to take a photo of the Harvest Moon tonight; however, the moon is obscured by clouds. So, I am using a photo, I took, of the 2016 Harvest Moon. To view click on Harvest Moon.

 

The term Harvest Moon traces back to preindustrial times, when farmers — lacking the technology available today — were pressed by the season and welcomed a moonlit week to stretch the shortening daylight hours. Their fields had to be harvested before the farm could be bundled up for the impending winter season. Crops had to be housed. Firewood had to be cut. The daylight hours were rapidly diminishing at this time of year; seemingly, there was not enough time for all the chores that needed to be done in the sun. The Harvest Moon was a welcome lantern in the early evening sky.

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Around 8:25pm the Harvest Moon peeked out of the clouds. No floating clouds to add interest nor is it low on the horizon to add color.

 

~Welcome to Autumn!

Autumnal Equinox

Today, September 22, 2018, the Sun crossed the celestial equator and marks the first day of autumn. We celebrate two equinoxes, one to mark the beginning of Spring and one to mark the beginning of Autumn. Equinox literally means “equal night.” And during the equinox, most places on Earth will see approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

On Sept. 22 at 9:54 p.m. EDT, the sun will cross the celestial equator, or an imaginary line that projects Earth’s equator into space. At this exact moment, the Northern and Southern hemispheres will receive an equal amount of sunshine, and the length of day and night will be approximately equal around the world — hence the term “equinox,” which is derived from the Latin phrase meaning “equal night.”

To learn more see Astro Bob’s Blog at Fall. Some of this information was taken from Space.com Space. Also go out to wikipedia to learn more. Click here: September Equinox

OoO-A few photos I took today while on a bike ride, while enjoying this first day of Autumn. What did you do today to celebrate the September Equinox?

 

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Canada Geese enjoying a rest. Some are probably getting ready to migrate.

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A guess some will stay.

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Mehaffney Park. Fall colors haven’t arrived yet at 5,000 feet. Our home sits on the hill in the background.

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A bug enjoying the warmth of the sun on this first day of Autumn. Taken in my backyard.

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This bush is showing some cooler weather changes. Our lows have been in the mid 40’s.

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Easing into fall.

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Some bushes are announcing their fall arrival.

Welcome to Autumn. Enjoy!

And, here is what Scrubby is doing on this first day of Autumn:

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Cashing peanuts.

 

~Poem- A flower blooms…

Loveland, CO, September 17, 2018

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a flower blooms

one final burst of color

saying goodbye to summer

in late September

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Maybe not, is this the last one?

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~I have several pots of flowers in the yard and they keep producing new blooms; hopefully, until the first frost arrives. Autumn, is just around the corner.

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
John Donne

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
John Howard Bryant

Enjoying retirement: On The Road & At Home