Oh, I love foggy mornings! Yesterday was deliciously foggy – and my day off – so I happily headed out early before the sun had a chance to burn through. I stopped at a little fishing trail to the creek, and just a few steps in I came across these-
They’re fairy mushrooms – aren’t they adorable? Like tiny umbrellas for woodland creatures!
Wildflowers were blooming prettily along the trail, and the air smelled wonderful with that sweet, rich scent of late summer here in the Ozarks.
Another thing I enjoy about this time of year are the spider webs everywhere – on the ground, festooned from tree branches, even on sign posts along the road.
What I really love is when they’re decorated with dewdrops that look like tiny beaded necklaces!
As I got closer to the water the fog grew thicker, and I stopped at a part of the creek with lots of dead trees and strange growth close to the water that has a cool, mysterious look to it all year long. I love it, and one of these days I’m gonna see if my son can get me out there in his boat.
That’s a Great Blue Heron on that branch in the distance. So glad I caught him – right after this he took off with a rusty squawk and several flaps of his huge wings.
From here I decided to drive over to Empire Park on Lake Taneycomo. I just had to take a picture of my favorite trees – cottonwoods. I love how their leaves sparkle and rustle with the slightest of breezes!
As I walked along the lake I saw ducks paddling in the water, and was surprised to see another heron standing motionless by the shore-
All in all, it was an hour well spent – thanks for coming along!
Apparently all babies love to play peekaboo – even equine babies! I was hoping to get some pictures of a couple of foals at a neighbor’s ranch, so I just sat on the ground with my camera and waited, hoping that curiosity would bring them close enough. The little guy here is a Missouri Foxtrotter, and he’s 3 weeks old.
His mama, bless her heart, brought him right to me – but he was shy and kept trying to hide behind her. At first he peeked at me through the cover of her tail-
Then he inched around her and peeked under her belly-
Finally, he got brave enough to come closer!
Have you ever seen such a sweet face – he’s so adorable!
But now the game was over, and with a saucy flip of his tail and what looked for all the world like a wink of his eye, he and his mama moved off to the far side of the pasture. I’ll have to stop by and see if he wants to play again in a few days!
I’m kinda obsessed with the moon anyway, so I couldn’t resist the urge to try to capture it tonight. I drove out on some country roads nearby until I spotted it coming up over a farmer’s field.
It took several dozen shots to get these two halfway decent ones, but oh, it was gorgeous!
Yeah, I know the name of my blog is “lilruby jewelry”, not “lilruby everything except jewelry” but to be honest, my jewelry mojo is in a lull right now and is on a short hiatus.
In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying the incredible beauty of these fall mornings. After the nasty drought we had this summer I wasn’t expecting a pretty fall, but it really has been! When I came upon this idyllic scene of the sun coming up over a pasture of Holstein cows this morning I just had to hit the brakes and pull over.
I expected these young cows to be skittish, but as soon as I walked up to the fence and started jabbering at them they came to see what I was up to.
Before long I had several wet noses sniffing at my camera while gorgeous chocolate brown eyes gazed at me from under long, girlish lashes!
She’s even wearing earrings!
After a few minutes I had to get back on my way to work, but I really enjoyed my visit with these bovine beauties!
This afternoon as my husband and I were headed to Branson, we decided to take a scenic route in order to stop at one of my favorite antique shops in another little town. He remembered a road that would make a good shortcut, but wasn’t quite sure which one it was so we tried a couple different ones.
Along the way we saw scenic views-
I never get tired of seeing those beautiful blue hills!
And my favorite thing – a lovely little ivy covered stone church!
Eventually we found the road we were looking for but I’m so glad we took those wrong turns!
Once again, I found myself mesmerized by some farmer’s fields as I drove by – this time it appears to be hay that’s been cut but not yet baled. I loved the striped patterns throughout the fields and that prompted me to get out with my trusty little camera and explore a little.
While you’re looking at these photos, imagine the warm sun, the smell of the new mown hay, the soft breeze that kept the wildflowers swaying and the twittering of the birds as they flew across the fields – all the simple things that make a country morning so special!
Maybe it’s just me, but I was struck by how cool these giant hay bales looked scattered throughout this field.
So, after several days of admiring them everytime I drove past on my way to town, today I finally pulled over –
– braved the chigger filled weeds by the side of the road,
and snapped a few pictures. Sometimes it’s just simple things like this that make me happy – and that’s okay!