Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Stills - Signs Of Fall

I really didn't think I had time to go take a walk out back and try for some Sunday Stills shots this week. Please. You don't have time to take a short walk? Sigh. Grab your camera, the Loyal Corgi and take a hike.

Yeesh!



Cobwebs.  The number one sign of fall here.   


We get spider webs all summer too, but there's something different about fall webs.


Something you'll hear beekeepers all over this area talk about heading into fall is the aster bloom.  Asters provide a great late source of food to help bees overwinter.  Interestingly, the honey they produce from asters smells, um, funky.  You can walk up to a hive and smell it from 10 feet away.  

There's nothing wrong with it, that's just the way it smells.  Some folks even like the stronger tasting honeys from various late blooming flowers.  Stella and I planted buckwheat last summer and that made the hives smell like graham crackers.  The honey is darker and I've been told has more nutrients the bees need.   


The thing is...I've never seen any bees actually working asters.  Until yesterday afternoon. 


Go take a walk.


Actually, the true number one sign of fall is a ton of stuff spread all over the wool house in preparation for the Kentucky Wool Festival next weekend. And the fact that most of it's not. quite. ready. is honestly the real number one sign of fall ;-).

18 comments:

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

That shot of the bee motoring to those flowers is a great snap! That bee is on a mission! A lovely barn. Charming with the yellow flowers in the foreground!

Michelle said...

The first shot is my favorite!

Mary said...

All truly lovely photos! I love the first one also. And the picture of the wool is warm and cozy.. :)

Strawberry Lane said...

Love the photos and your narrative.
BTW ... I think you need more wool. I have bags full of luxurious Alpaca wool. (I'm not spinning anymore.) Wish you lived near me. I'd drop it off at your farm.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Such a lovely walk you made!!
The spiders have been productive this year in the house and on the screen porch. If you don't sit in a porch chair at least every 2 days, the spiders will keep it warm for you!!

Ed said...

Excellent shots and you are sooooo right about getting out and taking a walk, I wish I had Keebs with me, that would be an odd sight.:-)

Andee said...

Beautiful pictures of always. Very interesting about the bees. I wish I lived closer to Kentucky to come to the festival.

Shirley said...

It's a busy time of year- even for bees! Great shots, glad you found the time.

Terry said...

Beautiful Fall pictures.
That's interesting about the asters making honey smell funky. Our wild asters have a spicy scent.

Michelle said...

I saw my bees working the aster today. They were busy for sure. Nice cobweb shots!

Alice said...

Making yourself take a walk to capture cobwebs is a good way to clear your head of them. Love the composition of the first photo and the perspective of the farm. Hope the hike energized you to return to being busy as those bees :-)

Alice said...

Making yourself take a walk to capture cobwebs is a good way to clear your head of them. Love the composition of the first photo and the perspective of the farm. Hope the hike energized you to return to being busy as those bees :-)

Alice said...

Making yourself take a walk to capture cobwebs is a good way to clear your head of them. Love the composition of the first photo and the perspective of the farm. Hope the hike energized you to return to being busy as those bees :-)

Tiggeriffic said...

I knew I should of taken a walk to the pasture this morning before I went to church.. or maybe this afternoon when the sun was warm on the back.. Guess I'll have to go tomorrow. The milk week is drooling out of their pods and look so pretty with the sun shining on the silk.
Great pictures and looks like you had a great day~!
ta ta for now from Iowa:)

The Dancing Donkey said...

What wonderful shots! When I don't have time to take a walk is when I have to make sure I do it anyway. It always makes the rest of the day go better.

Susan said...

Oh, it's so sad when we must FORCE ourselves to take a walk outside! Honey developed from goldenrod also smells funky - like old sock. I've never built up the nerve to taste that.

WildBlack said...

the pics has got a beautiful light n fresh effect, coz of the morning sun I believe :)

henrygl.com said...

beautiful shot, loved the 3rd one specifically :)

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