Every year around this time, two things happen. The first is that I want to totally run away from home. The second is that I feel like I can never take enough photos of the colors to carry me through until they appear again next year.
I had to make a run to BJ’s in Geneva yesterday, so since I left the house long before they would open, I decided to take the “long backroads way”. The sky. Ha! It was awesome!
And as I progressed, I spotted a sundog!
I didn’t process that photo at all. The colors really were that outstanding! As I made my way along, I rolled the window down, even though the air had a chill to it. Since I was only wearing a summer sweater, I do admit, I turned the heat on just a bit! As soon as the window was down, I could hear that all too familiar call of migrating Canada Geese above!
I arrived in Canandaigua, then headed onward toward Geneva. I love taking the backroads and was thrilled, as I would be passing through the Mennonite area. I love doing this, as the farms are so beautiful. Not only is everything picture perfect, but most every house is decked out with colorful flowers all around. The gardens are scenic with their prolific offerings! I passed by one greenhouse that is always so pretty and the sprinklers were up and operating! Shooting into the sun made for some cool photo ops!
I wonder if the folks inside the house saw me and if they did, if they thought it crazy to photograph sprinklers! It didn’t matter, as no one bothered me, and it was so peaceful just watching the water splashing onto the greenery below. I made my way on down the road and was impressed by the lovely sign at a crossroads. All of the businesses listed on the big sign are indeed Mennonite. I am sure the little sign is also a Mennonite sign as well.
And of course the colors in the foliage offered a splendid showing all their own!
The cornfields also offered some surprisingly beautiful colors as well, believe it or not! The sunlight was so golden and I think everything was glowing! It was interesting seeing the corn in various stages.
Look at those tassels in the sunlight!
I rode on past the Mennonite church.
and thought I would photograph the empty horse stalls. These buildings are huge! They can hold so many horses and buggies!
This particular Mennonite community would be considered “Old Order” in that they use horses and buggies and bicycles to get around. The more progressive communities do allow dark-colored “not too fancy” automobiles to be driven. I drove on past a Mennonite schoolhouse.
I drove past fields of soybeans covered heavily in dew. (although they look like they are coated in frost!)
I drove on an entered the little town of Gorham where I encountered a couple in a horse and buggy. Luckily for me, there was traffic coming in the opposing lane, so it wasn’t awkward for me to stop momentarily to snap a quick photo.
As I passed this couple, I noticed the woman on the left held a little pink bundle on her lap! It is interesting to note that buggies are driven on the right side….that is, the person guiding the horse is on the right.
I also passed the church in Gorham that was offering a most excellent display of color!!
And as you can see, the sky was also putting on a show of its own!
I kept driving along until I came upon a most wonderful stop! At an intersection, there were large wooden crates filled with pumpkins and squash and the like. A cart offered Indian corn and pumpkins were also lined in rows. This is where my wildest cravings for autumnal colors were satisfied!
And for one of my most favorite things about autumn! I love Indian Corn!! It is so pretty. It reminds me of multi-colored beads. Or the beads remind me of the corn.
So now you have had your fill of Indian Corn? Not me. Not ever. I love all those awesome colors on each and every ear! And as I turned to go, I noticed this photo op….
Not too shabby, huh? Time was passing and I really needed to get my shopping done.
It is always hard for me to end my little excursions, particularly when I am so enjoying my time out. I did my shopping and returned home where Mark was playing around with a new amplifier he had purchased for a friend. He wanted to make sure it sounded good and was working well before passing it along. He was having so much fun playing, then he called Michelle and I downstairs….
As he was playing, he said he noticed leaves and sticks moving up a tree in the distance! As he looked more closely, he saw a little squirrel carrying the loads! I walked down to the tree where he saw the squirrel…..to my dismay, it is very near *my* Shagbark Hickory where I found all those nuts! I hid behind a tree and was able to get this…
Yup. That little hole is just the right size for a tiny squirrel to wander in and out!