Meadow Glow


The leaves are not yet turning, but there will be some leaf peeping when they do… instead we have some pretty meadow finds as the sun goes through its late afternoon paces. I promise some NY Fall to come.


The welcoming chill in the air, the golden leaves, the birds and insects in the misty eve.


The colors in the background are simple, but Fall is a simple time of year.


Writers write, and artists create. Philosophers reflect, dreamers imagine, and loners soul-search. Naturalists explore, the weary restore. It is a time for everyone to connect with nature.


The meadow transforms then the meadow performs. The grasses dance, and insects fly. The wind chills and birds fill the sky.


Sometimes it is but one, other times it is none.


The Monarch above and below are off to a productive Summer arriving in late Spring, but one was seen in the garden only yesterday. I almost wish I was traveling South with him. I know the road they travel has the leaves changing to the fiery colors of Fall.  Seems late for the Monarch to head South. Nature has a plan…


A plan I hope we all share… rain falling is a welcome sign for things to get back to seasonal expectations. Rain is so needed here…



Simple pleasures, keep it simple…


A time of gold, I cannot get over the colors at this time of year. It is well before the real Fall color breaks, yet has its own subtle beauty.


The bees are busy gathering for a long winter. I watch them work.


Now is a time while much of the landscape earns a rest, seeds set out to burrow in for next year’s transformation. That is something I really like about the seasons, they are always in a state of transformation.


It is a time to take stock in what will be next year. Things we welcome and things we don’t. A simple turn of the calendar. Flip forward in life, a reminder to refresh. Just think simple.


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37 Responses to Meadow Glow

  1. Beautiful post with such simple but magical photos. I am alarmed by the lack of rain here during the season when roots are formed. I just noticed yesterday that all my sugar maples have brown-spotted shriveled leaves and they are falling off without coloring. I always look forward to their vibrant orange. Are you coming to PA soon?

    • I am thinking of not coming this Fall. I have not been feeling that well lately and thought the long travel would be tiring. I love the Fall color in PA and heard from one of my bird groups that the Fall color is beautiful in the Adirondacks this year. But not here. The leaves are browning up here with lack of rain and falling without color. The one photo of the yellow leaves in the post was all that was on that tree, or any tree for that matter.

  2. gardengirl92 says:

    Your poetry is as beautiful as your pictures.

  3. Ooooooooh, yummy meadow loveliness indeed. Great post. Blessings, Natalie

  4. bittster says:

    Sorry to hear You are not feeling well, hope that passes quickly. Beautiful post as usual, did it all just come together or take forever to write? I feel like my writing is more like beating something with a stick…. Very little subtlety, so I can’t relate to putting together something lyrical!

    • Thanks for the well wishes. Good days are more frequent, so I just need to get more energy. Usually I am full of energy, so I know its time to lay back. Post don’t ever take long to write, but to proof is another story. I am slightly dyslexic and prone to mistakes I don’t see even when reading over and over. The dyslexia makes rhyming a natural thing for some odd reason. I don’t set out to ‘make a poem’ that is why it is broken up through this post. I could never be a poet though. I have no discipline to do it correctly, so I get what you mean by beating it with a stick. If I tried to make poetry as art, I never could.

  5. alesiablogs says:

    Writers write, and artists create. Philosophers reflect, dreamers imagine, and loners soul-search. Naturalists explore, the weary restore. It is a time for everyone to connect with nature.

    That above quote from you this am invites me to write write write!!! Thanks for the encouragement this am and I hope you do feel better and full of energy! Your friend in the Pacific NW Alesia

    • I think Fall is the perfect time to write for those that do. Inspiration abounds, and the weather is perfect to go and find it. Thanks for the concern. I am just a bit worn out I think. Not my usually “on the go” personality lately.

  6. lornagannon says:

    Wow, stunning images and lovely words. Thanks for sharing them. Autumn/Fall is my favourite time of year.

  7. Phil Lanoue says:

    Absolutely lovely scenes!

  8. “Flip forward in life”!! Yes, my dear Donna and what a beautiful way to show it too!
    Happy weekend and -what seems to be- last days of autumn! 🙂

  9. Lovely photos. I haven’t seen a Monarch since August. The other two butterfly pics are great – is one of them a fritillary?

    • One is a Common Ringlet and the other I think a Pearl Crescent. I was really surprised to see the Monarch yesterday in the garden. I have a post coming up next with some of what is still blooming, but did not shoot the butterfly bush where the Monarch was feeding. I saw a Hummingbird really late 9 days ago. It was feeding on my petunia hanging basket since I took down the feeders. Our weather has really been warm here. Today is 73° and tomorrow is supposed to be near 80°. Plus, we only started getting rain. I think this weather is throwing off some of the insects and birds.

  10. Emily says:

    Your beautiful work and lovely words inspire me to get back to both. Some health glitches have had me a bit down too, but this post is making me want to get out and walk with my camera and notebook. Thank you for your wonderful blog.

  11. dianaed2013 says:

    Great images – especially enjoyed the Monarch butterflies

  12. Our trees are beginning to change color and I was hoping to get some photos today– I was in Mumford at the Genesee Country Village & Museum– but it was rainy or cloudy most of the day. I hope tomorrow will be better.

    • On my street, some the trees have a very rusty orange color, others are still green. The maples are so stressed and sickly. I was going to go on a walk in Hamburg with Audubon today, but it was stormy this morning. Tomorrow I was going to go to their reserve, but it is supposed to rain again and it is too far a drive to have it canceled. I would think Mumford has some trees coloring…

  13. I really enjoyed the mood of this post, Donna. I’ve been thinking lately about the palette of early autumn–I think it’s my favorite, with lots of greens, tans, browns, and golds–but still many colorful flowers before the frost. And the shocking (but stunning) autumn colors haven’t popped yet. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate the calm of early autumn.

  14. Dr. Booky says:

    Lovely pictures…

  15. riverboat38 says:

    Beautifully written accompaniment to your wonderful photography.

  16. Another beautiful post 🙂

  17. Brian Comeau says:

    Very poetic Donna. Sorry I’ve missed a few of your blogs lately. It’s been a hectic fall and hope to be back writing and reading more soon. Hope all is well.

  18. A.M.B. says:

    Gorgeous pictures! I love this time of year. The leaves are just starting to turn (it’s subtle, but it’s there!).

  19. Perfect sentiments to take a note from nature and slow down, enjoy and simplify. Gorgeous images.

  20. dianar49 says:

    Your pictures are beautiful. You have a wonderful way of capturing the essence of your subject.

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