Thursday, October 22, 2009

Complete Color

My maple tree is fully colored now, so a few more photos, and I'll be done. Both these shots were taken today.

The photo below was taken Oct 18th. Most years my tree is the last to turn, but this year there are still green trees all around the neighborhood. I like the contrast, and consider it the true "peak" of Autumn colors.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Favorite Tree

After our dry summer, the leaves have been changing color slower than usual. My front yard maple is normally the last to turn, but when it does, it is spectacular! I've tried to take a photo every few days when the light is right - and there IS light (I leave for work in the dark). In order from bottom to top: the photo above was taken October 10th (on a typical "flinter" day).
The middle photo was Octber 4th, and the third, September 26th.

I'll be back with a shot of it nearly red!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Will Steger

A couple weekends ago, Mom and I went to see Will Steger give a presentation on climate change. For some reason (since I'm not YET a senior), I had received an invitation in the mail from Walker Methodist Senior Center. Seating was free, so I asked Mom to come along and we were treated to an interesting slide show depicting some of Will's recent and past adventures.

He is one of the few people on earth who has actually witnessed the effects of climate change on the North Pole. For example, expeditions now must include kayaks to cross open water where there was solid ice not so many years ago. He also spoke of growing up in Richfield and how he became a teacher and explorer.
The invitation I'd received was put into a drawing and I won a "Global Warming 101" tote bag (my winning streak continues)! After the presentation, we were treated to hors d' oeuvres in the dining room and it was more than just cheese and crackers: smoked salmon, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, a selection of desserts, and coffee/apple cider. We had never been to the Walker Center before, and it was certainly a wonderful way to visit the place.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dancing With The -- Family

Happy "Flinter". You know, breakfast + lunch = brunch, so Fall + Winter = Flinter (I took liberties with the spelling). It's been so long since I posted, calendar autumn arrived, followed by snow on green grass and trees). I will have a few photos to post of that scene. In the meantime, here's a fun "video" I put together with the help of Oriental Trading, a catalog and online craft store: