time of change

September 23, 2019  •  5 Comments

Unless the sky is obscured on a regular basis where you live in the northern hemisphere, you have probably noticed that there are a few minutes less daylight each day.  And those minutes become hours.  Instead of darkness arriving at 9 p.m., suddenly it seems the light disappears from the sky closer to 7:00 p.m.  It is a time of change, as crops are harvested and nature prepares for the new season.  Welcome the autumnal equinox, which this year happens to be today.  It is one of the best times to give thought to what we have done during the summer season and where we are going next.

As for me, I have been pondering some changes to my website.  The busy-ness of growing things and watering and photography kept me away from it, although the concept remained implanted, waiting to emerge.  During the past week, I finally sat down, swallowed my fears, and began work.  Some of you (including Terry, Cristina, Steve, Barbara, and Debbie) gave me input, for which I am extremely grateful, but I wanted each of you who have been so good about reading this blog a chance to check it out.  The link is below.


The biggest change you will see is a home page slide show.  The light colored arrows are for directional purposes only.  They don't do much of anything else. Left to right, right to left.  That is it.  Moving your mouse or doing track fingers on other devices will slow down or speed up the movement of the photo strip.  If you find one image on which you would like to focus, just move your mouse to the center of it, and stop your mouse.  I will continue to work on other elements in the coming weeks, so if, for some reason, you are unable to get into the site, it is probably because work is being done on it.  In the mean time, here are two singular signals of a time of change - aspen leaves in our north garden here on the mesa.


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Thanks to Jean and Sam, Marilyn, Stacey, Donna C., Dianne, Wayne, Terry T., Steve, Barbara, Donna K., Louise, Elida, and Maria for your feedback this week.

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
I like the simplicity of this post with the two contrasting images of the aspen leaves. Once again you've used shallow depth of field to focus our attention on the leaves. The change of seasons is upon us for sure. The brisk nights and cooler days are a joy. Mid-30s here last night.
Debra Harbaug(non-registered)
You do great photos! I also think the scroll down feature will be a nice improvement. I take my dogs to the dog park at 6:00 and it got dark really quick!!!. So, I will have to change my time to 5:00 from now on! Keep up the good work my friend and give your handsome husband a kiss from me (or not). Now some Town Club Sorority updates: Rose Montgomery is going to Maui for one week with her balloon flying (possible future husband). We also have sad news about Jeannie (Pinkham) Jurgenson who is dying from Parkinson's Disease. She has stopped coming to our monthly breakfasts. And Lourdes Elias needs maximum assist to eat, so she is not long for this world. Take care my friend. All my love from Debra Harbaugh
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Yes, scrolling works good. Nice feature.
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Nice. Gotta love fall colors. Especially if you're like me and your favorite colors are orange, red, yellow.
Dianne James(non-registered)
Oh, my! I really like the scrolling feature on your website. Can't wait to see it once it's all done. Fabulous.

The Autumnal Equinox amplifies projects which we will endeavor to do over the winter (redoing the kitchen), inside. It also spotlights what I wanted to do and didn't (an arbor for my wisteria vine and other projects) this short summer. The tomatoes' leaves hang shriveled and dark from frost the last two nights, but the tomatoes are still on the vine to ripen a little more before I bring them in. Today might be the day for that, unless it warms up. So sad to see all those vines dying, but they're loaded with tomatoes of various types. They're covered with a non-woven material I got at a greenhouse supply, and the Brandywines even have some plastic over that.

I digress...
I know that with every beautiful photograph you post, there's an equally beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

Love from the other end of the Valley.
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