Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Fall flies


A bit of color among all that green.

It seems like fall is flying away. It’s been unseasonably warm, and by the end of summer we had had days and weeks with no rain.

A soggy marsh.

It’s still warm, even now, but this week we’ve had days filled with waves of rain. Yesterday we got over an inch, the day before was similar, and though it’s barely noon we’ve had half an inch already.

A little bit of peachy yellow shines in the wet air.

The few colored leaves we had are are sailing across the yard on gusty winds. Sometimes the rain blows sideways too and we are feeling a bit of cabin fever.

So in between rain bands Katie and I ventured out to see if I could capture just a few photos of what little color we have. She was hoping to read a few pee-mails left by neighborhood dogs.

The most color we have right now is sumac.

The maple trees, the sumac, and the wild grapes are turning color, but most of the rest of the trees are still green, or just turning brown.

Katie and I only went a block or so in each direction, but we saw what color there was. The wind was picking up again, though, so I urged her to move faster toward home.

The wind scuttles across the pond across the street.

In our own backyard, while I was concentrating on the leaves left on our burning bush I felt the first splat of new rain. “Katie!” I yelled, not looking back at her, “COME!”

Damp burning bush.

I tucked the camera under my arm and sprinted for the back door. As I got there I looked over my shoulder and she was standing out there just looking at me. She didn’t want to come back inside. “COME!” I yelled again. She stared at me.

Berries provide some color too.

She is, after all, a princess.

I ran back out, head tucked into the wind, grabbed her leash and tugged her into the house. And just as I closed the door the rain slammed into the windows. She looked at me as if to say “Gee mama, what was all the rush for anyway? We’re still relatively dry.”

Safe inside watching the rain.

Silly girl.

Hey mama! Wanna play now?

PS: This is not my Walktober. I’m planning something next week when I travel to a special place. But if you’re inclined to do a Walktober, and if it’s not pouring rain where you live, this might be the perfect time to do one! Link to Robin’s blog and she’ll compile them all at the end of the month.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Fall flies

  1. You urged Katie to move faster toward home? Oh, yes. That did make me laugh. Your mama is so funny, Katie.


  2. Our color has been beautiful, but is now fading – and falling off the trees and bushes. I’ve turned off my sprinkler system, drained the fountain, and put an old pot saucer on top of it so the birds still have water. Frozen in the morning, so I have to remember to add more to it.


  3. Look at all that color! Nice


  4. Love the photo of the pond! We’ve had a warmer-than-usual Fall, too. Very little color to this point; in fact, lots of the leaves are simply turning brown, shriveling up, and dropping off. I can totally see the Princess standing out in the rain and waiting for a taxi back inside — Dallas is getting better about NOT staying out in inclement weather, though.


  5. Not your Walktober, but you followed the spirit. Great timing with still much green to contrast the reds and golds.


  6. Ha! When I saw “Fall Flies” as your title, I immediately thought of the one pesky fly that gets into the car and keeps getting in your face as you drive! Glad it was NOT that! Pond across the street is lovely. As is Katie.


    • HA hA….now I’m wondering…did I spell it wrong? Is there a flys….that I should have used. Now my brain is mush and I don’t know, nor do I want to look it up. Ah well. Yes, the pond across the street was advertised in the real estate listing as ‘a view of water.’ Right. When we moved here 25 years ago you could only see it out of one window…the half bath behind the kitchen. If you stood on the toilet. 🙂 After the remodel we can see it out of the breakfast room, in the winter when leaves have fallen.


  7. I guess some don’t mind weather whereas others do…. 🙂 Gorgeous colours, all the same.


    • I like weather because it changes things, the light, the sky, the colors. But I don’t really want to be out in a downpour, especially with the camera. Silly dog. She normally hates being wet, but she sure didn’t want to come inside that day.

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  8. Was that a picture of sassafras? I wasn’t aware it grew up yonder.
    I’ve been off Facebook and or of touch for so long, it’s so good to catch up with your blog.


    • You know…I didn’t recognize that tree as sassafras…but it does grow here, in fact we planted a tree in our back yard that is still young and struggling…so it could well be. I need to go look at the leaves of our tree and compare.


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