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Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday was a day of bright sunshine and dramatic clouds, a good day to roam the countryside. Near home, the edge of the woods glowed with red sumac, more than adequate reward for a couple of long dog walks.
In the early afternoon, David and I took a drive, winding our way through the western portion of Leelanau Township. Most of the roads out that way are newly and beautifully paved, just in time for--we hope!--next week's peak color, but our pack always seeks out the unpaved roads wherever we can find them...
...and that's how we chanced on these pretty goats at Black Sheep Crossing, enjoying both sunshine and companionship on their happy home grounds.
Wind was cold off Lake Michigan, picnic tables at Christmas Cove stacked away for winter, waves pounding relentlessly.
Circling back to our home ground, we were presented with sweeps of ripening field corn, Lake Michigan's cold in the distant background.
Next Saturday is Northport's Fall Festival. Details to follow....
Posted by P. J. Grath at 8:26 AM
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Oh, love the colors and especially those peaceful-looking goats and the waters of Lake Michigan. It looks like it's still autumn down there...and suddenly I'm missing autumn very much!
Our forecast for tonight is rain changing to snow. The way I look at it, though, after we have some serious cold weather, the decks will be cleared for true Indian summer. Hoping to have that for next Saturday.
Waves washing, goats ruminating, sunlight chasing shadows across the fields to the Big Lake - who would say that this is not the best time of the year?
High marks on the stunning factor and the cozy factor, but for anticipation I give my vote to May. Skiers and ice fishermen will disagree with me, I'm sure.
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