|Fall is coming!|
This morning when getting up at 5:30 for golf, I had a difficult time getting out of bed. The air was cool on our second level of our home, and the covers felt so warm and soft. In the latter days of summer, it starts to cool down at night and the mornings are relatively brisk as well. This is my favorite time of the year. The fall colors are starting to show on the maple trees and the first signs of autumn are beginning with the gathering of birds into flocks. Instinct tells them that they must be ready to start traveling south soon. I look around me and see by the swaying branches on the trees that the winds are coming more from the northerly direction, and with that, the cooler weather. From now until November, it will trend in the direction of winter. These are the beginnings of fall when nature begins to ready itself for sleep.
|Beginning of a great day!|
|With the end of summer comes our first fruits.|
As I type these words I can hear the call of a pileated woodpecker coming from the woods. Further in the other direction, I hear chickadees seemingly answering its call. When observing these birds, I noticed the golden rod swaying in the breeze on the hillside. This unusual plant causes allergic reactions for my family at times. I strive to cut it down, but it does get away from me at times. It is a beautiful plant, or some might say (weed.) One can spot, in the winter, many times a ball that has formed around the stem of the golden rod. A worm bores into the stem and the plant instinctively builds a hard ball around it to protect itself. Many times upon closer inspection, I have found that some woodpecker has pecked a hole into the stem ball, successfully retrieving the hibernating worm. My son Will has excitedly asked me a number of times to cut into the stem in an attempt to find the worm as well. I try to make our journeys into the woods a learning experience as well as enjoyable. I want our children to grow up with an appreciation for nature and the world around them.
|Visitor to Anne's honeysuckle.|
I love joking with my wife Anne, and we have a fun time laughing with each other. One such day I informed her that the only trees in North Dakota are called telephone poles. Anne does have a generous love for nature and she appreciates the beauty that God has placed all around us in the form of wildlife and greenery. She is very good-natured and takes my joking with a grain of salt. Anne is always kind and very courteous to our children and myself. I have told her that it is true that opposites do attract in this case. She smiles and gives me a kiss and says that I am a good man and not at all like that. I then watch her walk away and think how fortunate a man I am that God has blessed me with such a wonderful wife.
|Coyote's last visit in the early Spring.|