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Friday, September 12, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: "Harvest Moonday" Hike, Early Snow

It's been a week of many seasons - Monday and Tuesday were definitely summer, with highs of 90ºF. Most nights and early mornings recently have had the chill of Autumn to them, and Wednesday was a chilly, rainy, Fallish day. Wednesday night and Thursday we were under a Winter Storm Warning and it snowed several inches (14" in our neighboring, higher elevation town of Story and up to 18" in parts of the Big Horns). Though we didn't get nearly that much (about 4" at our house), by early this morning our temp had dropped to 19ºF.

But let's begin with the summery weather and Harvest Moon of Monday, before the flowers, trees and shrubs were dealt such a cruel blow that also likely annihilated our chances for fall foliage.

Monday morning, before it got too hot, we loaded up the dogs and took them walking on a new extension of the wonderful Sheridan Pathways system (on the attached map, it's the red and black path near the bottom right, running between the yellow and purple signal light symbols). This part of the path leaves very busy Brundage Avenue and as it heads toward Sheridan College it takes you into a different world… one of trees and marshes and birdsong and tranquility. And shade - which was our chief objective on such a warm, sunny morning!

Here are BW, Willow and Josie crossing one of two handsome footbridges that cross the marshy stream meandering through this area...


Once over the footbridge (you can just see it in the bottom right of this next photo) and out of the trees and into the meadows, you get to enjoy this beautiful view of the soon-to-be-snowcapped Big Horn Mountains (if you know where to look, you can even see the road that led to our old house on its way over the mountains!)…

Look at that clear blue cloudless sky!

Oops, I spoke too soon. Startin' to cloud up. :-)

And you thought I was joking about it clouding up, didn't you? ;-)

Here's Willow enjoying a rest in the shade back at the trailhead after our walk. Notice her leg draped elegantly over my foot, her way of keeping me from wandering off! :-) …


She was intently watching BW deploy our wonderful PetLoader, which Tess demonstrates...


That night, of course, unveiled the full Harvest Moon, seen here rising over the dry hills to our east...


Rarely satisfied with how my moon closeups turn out, I decided to have some fun and make this one a little funkadelic….


And now for a too-soon taste of things to come, the wintery scene from our patio yesterday…


We covered our front flowerbed Wednesday night, but could do nothing for our large rose bush except pluck this last beautiful, fragrant bloom and bring it inside to enjoy for a while. The bergamot on the right had already broken off when I went out at 5:30am to knock the snow off the trees and shrubs, so I brought it in, too. I think the rose looks sad, and doubt the reassurance that our temps will return to the 80's early next week offers much consolation…


Wishing you a week of lovely skies! 
We'll be spending it in Big Sky Country (Montana) with our dogs and camper! 

30 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, strong colors, well done!

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  2. We need to check out the new walking path area, looks nice. We saved a few pots in the garage and covered some things but most is shot from the cold. Oh well, that's Wyoming for you. At least we didn't lose any trees this time, knock on wood.

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    1. It is, and pretty handy to your residence, I think you guys and Wally will enjoy it!

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  3. I was enjoying all
    your pics and tales... until that last one!

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  4. And wishing you that the snow will melt fast, and not return for a LONG time yet!

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    1. Thank you! It's mostly gone, so that part of your wish is coming true - don't know about the second part, though! But it'll be getting balmy again soon.

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  5. Nice shots...even the snow one. Really early snow this year...

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    1. Thank you, and yes - if guests showed up to a party that early, it would be considered rude!! :-)

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  6. Wow, I thought we had it bad the last two mornings with a wind chill in the 30's! I can't believe how much snow has fallen in the higher elevations already. Yikes!

    The views from that path are so pretty. I would love to hike in that area! I spy a 3-in-1 vest harness of Willow & I love how she keeps you from wandering off. ha! :)

    That's quite the funkilicious photo of the moon! I've only managed to get a few decent shots of it, and none of them have been recently. The skies have been pretty cloudy at night lately.

    I'm hoping for a very happy, fun, relaxing time for you, BW, and the girls! I know I've said it already, but I'm really looking forward to hearing all about it. :)

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    1. I know, I haven't had time to look at some of the snow totals in the high country, but we were amazed at how much Story and Buffalo got! Bet they were shoveling the deck at our old Big Horn digs! Neener-neener, so glad I don't have that grueling job anymore!

      You guys would love the walking path system, especially certain parts of it, like this one. Best thing about Sheridan! Willow's 3-in-1 vest has been so helpful for getting her up - and especially down - the PetLoader. She's a lot more confident about it now, but she her nervousness about it at first was making her balance issues worse - once we put the harness on and hold it by the back handle, we had control over her and she felt much more stable and comfortable. So glad we had it! And yes, she has come up with a good method for teaching me to "staaaaaaayyyy." :-)

      I hope our trip will be a good one, I'm anxious about some of it (first time in a "Pickle Campground" - what we call the kind where they pack you in side by side like pickles!), and any visit with Mom, this one perhaps especially, is a roll of the dice. Glad I'll have BW and the girls along! I hope your weather warms and you get to enjoy a campout yourselves, but wish you a fun and relaxing weekend however you spend it! :-)

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  7. I like that funkadelic moon! And I can't believe your back patio. Triple digits here in S CA for the next few days. Much too hot.

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    1. I thought of you while I was editing it, and though it comes nowhere near the wonderful artistic touches you give your photos, you were an inspiration! :-)

      Wish you could send us some of your heat and we could send you some of our cold so we could both be enjoying 75º - 80º temps!

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  8. Snow already? Yikes! Gorgeous shots of moon and clouds.

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    1. "Snow already? Yikes!" said the woman who lives in Sweden! LOL I guess it really is shocking when someone in a country that far north that's known for snow and winter has that reaction! :-) Thanks, glad you enjoyed the moon and clouds photos!

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  9. you have a lovely place to hike. Tess is so pretty and I'm sure the snow is melted by now but was pretty anyway.

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    1. We sure do, and we make use of it every day! Yes, the snow melted quickly and today and yesterday (Sept 25 & 26, sorry for my delayed reply!) were/are predicted to be in the low 90s! Tess says thank you for the compliment. :-)

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  10. Wonderful skies! But also the landscape! A wonderful area!

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    1. Thank you, Mary - that's quite a compliment coming from someone in a place as beautiful as Vienna!! :-)

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  11. Nice coverage of your trail walk with Your three dog friends. Willow sure is cute in the "paw and foot" hold photo, You live in a wondrous place. Like your bouquets that barely escaped the freeze. Nice post -- barbara

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! I'm glad you enjoyed the post - Willow is quite the photogenic cutie pit, and our scenery never gets old.

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  12. I've really enjoyed having an opportunity to check in and see what's happening in your life - it seems like it's been an eternity.

    You will chuckle, I think, when I tell you that this week you describe is the very week that Michelle PCSd to FE Warren. She was so funny. Apparently she moved to Wyoming with only her tank tops and shorts!! So when she heard the forecast for Wednesday she was in a panic!! But, she was also just as suprised when two days later it was sunshining and warm. All I could say is welcome to Wyoming and expect more of that in the future!

    Other than the weather, she is LOVING Wyoming and her new base. And as another funny side note, the base has dozens and dozens of antelope walking around. She sent a photo and they are adorable. What fun!

    Now on to your post. It was really great to “touch” base with your life. I loved to see the Pet Loader – how neat. Are all the girls managing it expertly yet? I loved your funkadelic moon photo. It’s awesome and I can tell it started from a really good original since it has so much clear detail. I had heard about the snow but still seeing it s a shock. We’ve been getting up to 37 degrees but nothing that cold and certainly no snow!!

    My times up but hopefully all is well with you – I think of you often!

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    1. Hey, Jo! Good to see you back in Mehitableville, at least for a while! Hope you're having a blast in Germany - hoist a beer stein for me! :-) Since we have enjoyed a couple of recent chats and talked about most of the content of your comment, I'll just tell you that though they sometimes have their moments, yes - all the girls achieved expert status using the PetLoader (Josie especially!) Willow gets the prize for "Most Improved." :-)

      And yes, the snow was definitely a shock (though at least we had quick and easy access to clothing more appropriate than tank tops and shorts! LOL) Yesterday I think the high was 93º and today it's supposed to be 92º before it dives again by Sunday. And so it goes…

      Glad we were able to catch up again before your latest trip! Can't wait to hear about it!

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  13. Well, what extremes! From lovely blues to soft whites, you guys have it all. Love the pet loader and Willow's hold on you ;-). Yes, the Harvest Moon was lovely last week and you captured so well. It's great you have such nice places to walk in and so many nice views in the distance. I'm sure your next post will show snow caps in the Big Horns! Looking forward to your Montana trip pics. xoxo

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    1. Yup, our extremes can be extreme! :-) We don't mind having it all, just not necessarily all in one day. LOL I'm glad you enjoyed my Harvest Moon pics, I thought of you while I took them (and messed about with the funkadelic one). I didn't take any pics of the snow on the mountains (we'll be seeing plenty of that in the months to come!), but it did hang around for a few days! All gone now, though, even on the highest peaks. (Probably be back by Sunday from the looks of things, though we should just get rain down here).

      I got some pretty good pics on our MT trip, just need the time to do something with them! I'm hoping that will be my next post, though I still have the remaining two garden tour posts to do - and the annual quilt show starts Wednesday! So much good blogging material, so little time...

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  14. Hi,Laloofah. Your sky shots are very beautiful. The harvest moon ones are fantastic. It was cloudy in Tokyo at that time. I enjoyed your photos very much.
    The temparature would change extremly in your home. I hope the snow would melt soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Minoru! I'm sorry to hear you had cloud cover during the Harvest Moon, but glad my blog could help share it with you. The snow did indeed melt soon, though it lingered on the mountains for several days - it was pretty up there (from down here!) :-)

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  15. What a beautiful walk and such beautiful nature. Willow is very sweet and her hair looks soooo soft. The petloader is a fantastic idea for Josie, this way she will enjoy all the walks without fearing going up and down of the car. Does all the girls use it?
    It´s incredible that from a blue sky day suddenly the weather changes to a snowy morning.
    We also enjoyed the harvest moon, it was soooo big that you could almost touch it stretching your hand ;D. Beautiful the pics you made!!!
    XOXO

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    1. It was a beautiful walk, we've done it again since and hope to do it again soon! And Willow is every bit as soft as she looks. :-) All the girls use the PetLoader, it's been such a great help! We actually bought it more with Willow in mind, she was the one who was really struggling to jump in and out of the car since her vertigo - but all the girls are really benefitting from it. That jumping out is so hard on their shoulder joints, and not safe.
      Our weather has been wild this fall! All those sudden changes last month, and this month we've had some terrible winds, with gusts over 50mph - but also a long stretch of incredibly warm and gorgeous weather! And the forecast for the next week shows no end in sight…
      That harvest moon was definitely something! Such fun to know that we got to enjoy the same one, despite the distance between us. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, Sandra, thank you for stopping by! xoxo

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