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In search of autumn colors

Looking for fall colors
Looking through nature’s window for fall colors

The season for enjoying the fullness of life — partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth.

~ Denis Waitley

Mums the word
Mums the word

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and visitors from Canada!

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything exciting, or not exciting but worth a mention?

The colors trickle down
The colors trickle down

M and I traveled north of the Mason-Dixon Line to visit with family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  We spent time with his sister, one of his brothers (and sister-in-law), and his father.  It was good to see them all again.

Just beginning to turn
Just beginning to turn

I thought we might see more color on the foliage up that way, and we did.  Just not as much as I was expecting.  It’s been a warm autumn for them, too.

Oak leaves
Oak leaves

It rained during the wee hours of Saturday morning, and into the later hours of the morning as well.  By afternoon it had stopped and we went for a hike to get some exercise while we spent time together getting caught up with each other.  I missed out on some of the conversations while hobbling along on a stiff and sore knee, but the knee eventually loosened up and I was able to keep up with the group.  We walked 3 miles which is more than I’ve done in a while because of my knees.  It was a good hike.

Mostly green, but if you look carefully, you can see the fall colors beginning to show.
Mostly green, but if you look carefully, you can see the fall colors beginning to show.

The trail we picked is a new rail trail so it was easy hiking.  We picked it, in part, because M and I were interested in checking out the wind turbines near the trail.  The opponents of the industrial wind turbine development being proposed here in our county on the Eastern Shore are having a community meeting on Thursday.  I wanted a chance to hear what the turbines sound like, and this hike was a good opportunity.

Wind turbines on Turkey Hill.
Wind turbines near Turkey Hill.

The turbines we saw on our hike are baby turbines compared to what the developers want to put in here.  In fact, the turbines they want to put in here are three times taller, and, I’m told but haven’t been able to verify, bigger than any other turbines on land here in the U.S.  What surprised me about the baby turbines was the noise.  It seems innocuous at first, but after a few minutes it was not difficult to imagine how the low-level hum and whoosh would keep me awake at night if a turbine was located near my home.

Colorful drape
Colorful drape

I don’t think there are any locals reading my blog, but just in case there might be one or two, you can find out more about this week’s meeting here.

Maple display
Maple display

I still wonder if wind energy is the answer to climate change.  It’s hard to trust the wind energy folks who are applying the same tactics as the gas and oil companies, driving wedges between neighbors through misinformation, greed, and secrecy.  One thing that bothers me most is the secrecy, especially when it comes to the lease agreements the farmers sign.  There is a confidentiality clause that forbids the signers to talk about their agreements with the developers.  If our tax dollars, both state and federal, are subsidizing the turbines, shouldn’t the tax payers be entitled to transparency and full disclosure?  I think so.  What are they hiding, anyhow?

I also question the removal of an opponent of the wind turbines from our Planning and Zoning Commission.  There are obvious proponents (and people who appear to have conflicts of interest when it comes to benefiting from the turbines) on the commission.  If they are allowed to stay, why kick off an opponent?

Yellows
Yellows among the greens

One other thought on this and I’ll change the subject because I know most of you are not here to read about wind turbines and local politics.  In all the talk about climate change, I hear very little about other changes that could be made that will make a difference.  Conservation, for one.  Think about all those lights that are on at night, guarding empty buildings.  The food we consume has an impact as well.  There are some interesting factoids at the ChooseVeg website about how our food choices could help the environment.  I realize switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet is not for everyone.  Perhaps we should also consider where our food comes from.  Eating local, when possible, cuts down on the use of fossil fuels simply because the food doesn’t need to travel as far to get to you.  There are a variety of ways to reduce our carbon footprint.  You can find some of them at Carbonfund.org.

A beautiful curtain
A beautiful curtain

I reckon that’s enough from me on this cloudy Monday.  Probably more than enough.  Don’t worry.  I’m not this preachy all the time.  I try not to get my soap box out too often, or stay on it too long when I do.

Branching out
Branching out

Thank you so much for visiting, and taking a short hike with me as I look for fall colors and work out my thoughts on life, the universe, and wind turbines.

Leafy
Leafy

I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset this evening.  The clouds are expected to stick around for most of the day.  There is no rain in the forecast, but I noticed there is rain on the radar so we may see and feel a few drops here and there.  You never know with the clouds around here, though, so let’s plan on going out to the dock if the sky should clear or start to clear.  See you there around 6:00 PM.  Sunset is at 6:28 PM, and that will give us time to catch up with each other before the show, if there is one, begins.  I don’t think you’ll need a jacket.  It’s warm and humid, a little sauna-like today.

Lush
Lush

Walktober News.  I see some of you have done or are working on your Walktober walks and posts.  I’m looking forward to joining you on your walks soon if I haven’t been by already.  Reminder:  The Walktober badge over in the sidebar links to the Walktober Dates post where pingbacks and links should go, and you can pick up and use the badge for your post if you like.

Reds
A variety

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Today’s joys:  A calm and cloudy day, perfect for getting caught up on indoor work; all of you, for your visits, your likes, and your comments; small changes in the foliage here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch; tea time in the afternoon; being home again after a weekend away.

 

 

 

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

19 thoughts on “In search of autumn colors

  1. Looks like a beautiful area to hike. (You know it’s fall here when the autumn colored mums arrive at the nurseries and home stores)
    I’m glad you explored the wind turbines. They do make noise and vibrate the ground. Even environmentalists are beginning to raise concerns about wind energy: bats, birds, migrating birds, hawks – all being slashed up and killed. The Feds have even given a “safe” number of eagles wind energy companies can kill each year. (and what happens if a person accidentally harms an eagle? Doesn’t seem fair). People who haven’t seen the farms- heard them do not understand. So many once beautiful mesa and butte areas are now blighted – and property values ruined.
    You are right. Much can be accomplished by passive solar building methods and turning off so many darn unnecessary lights – light pollution is very real. Old technology bulbs in home, public areas, and highways can be replaced. (Crime is a real concern…one excuse) You offer some sensible ideas….but as long as there are grants funding wind turbines – and profit to be made by a few – little else will get attention.
    Fall hikes! Should be required!

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    1. I agree, PhilosopherMouse! Required fall hikes for everyone. With lots of fresh air, sunshine, and lovely colors. 🙂

      I agree about the funding and profits when it comes to the turbines, too. From the research I’ve done, it’s not the clean, green energy the wind companies want us to believe it to be.

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  2. You did the experiment, now you know about the turbines… I’m not sure abou wind power, bit is sure seems cleaner. We laid back, I had another bout of allergic crises. Miss you both

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  3. I didn’t find this one naggy or whiny at all. Just decent sharing. There is something in what you shared that smacks of the truthiest truth that i have still been hanging onto since the talk involving some historical local residents who lived on a Lakota reservation for 40 years. Still not sure, if anything, what to do or not to do about it. We have maples here flaming in their reds and oranges. For now the rest mostly remain green.

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      1. Thanks, Elisa. I’m learning more than I ever thought I would about alternative forms of energy. There are complications with everything, it seems. Still sauna-like here, but not for much longer. Looks like a cool front is coming. 🙂

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  4. I’m convinced the colors are teasing us. They keep peeking out. They are turning a muted color waiting to surprise us one morning when we wake up and the world with have a color explosion! I’m waiting. 🙂

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  5. Most of Autumns colors are found on the ground here in Northern Minnesota. The winds over the past week have blown most of the leaves off (except for the stubborn oaks which will keep leaves most of the winter).

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