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October 11 – Where did September go?

I have been meaning to hack up a post for two weeks now, but every time I sat down to do it, wound up doing something else.
It’s been a fantastic month anyone that does business or pleasure outdoors, but the farmers have got to be the happiest. No more than a sprinkle of rain for the entire harvest season around here, only a few scraps of canola are left for the combines.
Big heat and plenty of wind right when it counted dried out the swaths in near record time, harvest seemed to fly past in one big dusty episode.
Great for them but rather blah for me. A three week stretch of coughing up dirtballs and washing grain dust out of eyeballs, a seemingly endless haze covering the landscape.
The early changing leaves were all stripped away by the wind and it looked like it was going to be a long, bleak trip to frost season, but it’s looking better now.

Although a lot of leaves are gone, the ones that are left have really started to shine.
A trip around Gleniffer lake yesterday was a lot more colorful than I thought it was going to be, lots of very bright patches with almost no leaves gone yet. Five miles north and there is hardly a leaf to be found in a tree. Hoping the wind stays away for a few weeks but that is likely asking too much, we’ve been lucky so far this month.
I have not looked at long range models this month yet, going outside instead to check the weather, and enjoying the nice fall we are getting one day at a time.
I don’t even wanna think about what comes next.

Dusty autumn sunset west of Red Deer, AB - Sept.10, 2011Hawks monitor field movements west of Red Deer,AB - Sept.21, 2011Fall colors along the Little Red Deer river - Sept.23, 2011Smoke from a forest fire at Ya Ha Tinda fills the evening sky - Sept.24, 2011
Smoke filtered sunset west of Penhold,AB - Sept.24, 2011Autumn colors in Red Deer, AB - Sept.25, 2011Golden autumn sunset west of Red Deer,AB - Sept.25, 2011Combine chews canola west of Innisfail,AB - Sept.26, 2011
Weak Aurora show - Sept.27, 2011Early autumn light west of Red Deer, AB - Oct.9, 2011Fiery autumn sunrise - Oct.10, 2011Great Horned Owl warms in the early monring sun - Oct.10, 2011
Busy Muskrat with a mouthful of building supplies - Oct.10, 2011Golden Tamaracks - Oct.10, 2011Autumn colors around Gleniffer Lake - Oct.10, 2011Rustic fall afternoon setting in the Kevisville area - Oct.10, 2011

3 Responses to “October 11 – Where did September go?”

  1. 1
    anthony L Says:

    nice pics…as usual Pat, went for a drive over a week ago out by Lake Louise and the Tamarack Larches were all a beautiful gold color, it was georgeous. Many cars pulled over taking pictures. Wow this has been one of the nicest falls in a long time. No sign of OLd Man Winter anywhere yet! Gotta feeling when it comes its going to be mean.

  2. 2
    Dann Cianca Says:

    Beautiful photos, Pat. Glad you’re getting at least a little color to look at up there.

  3. 3
    Pat Boomer Says:

    Thanks Anthony, Dann
    Just got back from southwestern Ontario, seems terribly brown around here now.

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