With dabs of red it starts…

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Mostly green, and yet…

Tinges of red here and there;

The magic unfolds.

 

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These days as I drive along the country roads, I see more and more green trees looking as if painted with yellow, orange, or red dabs at the edges.

It’ll be fun to watch over the next couple of weeks how the trees slowly change from green to more yellow, orange, or red until there is no more green to be seen.

Then, outside of the evergreens, all the other trees are consumed by colour, and such a vibrant display it becomes.

It’s a magic trick that nature plays on us!

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The Mallow

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A deepest of reds,

Lovely when fully opened;

The Mallow flower.

 

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When I was visiting my parents two weeks ago, I spent some time walking about in their backyard garden, to gaze upon and admire all the various flowers and plants that my Dad lovingly tends.

This was the first time for me to see one of their favourites – the mallow.  The flowers are huge and enthralling to look at.

Here is a close-up of its center….

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The beauty of nature in its finest of details and design….

I had meant to take a photo of the flower with my hand beside it to show perspective, but in the excitement I forgot to do that, so my parents kindly sent me one from their collection.

In this final photo, you can see the comparative size of one of the mallow flowers with my Mom’s hand next to it.

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Red Sky Delight

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Red light fills the sky;

The usual blue water

Is painted red, too.

 

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When I was driving along this road into town this evening, the redness of the sunset sky caught my attention…..as it often does.

This time though I also noticed the water from the pond in the background was reflecting the same shade of red.  The red from the sky seemed to flow into everything on earth.

Such a lovely painting with yellow, blue, and purple hues as well…..and black tree silhouettes let the colours jump out even more!

 

A Big Thank-You to Micah

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This is my gift to you, Micah, for all of your help tonight to finally sort out that confusion with my blog’s linked website that was causing so many visiting friends/bloggers tons of frustration when trying to find me.

You were willing and took the time to figure things out and then showed me step-by-step where I most likely went wrong.  And all of this from halfway around the world!  From your lovely home in the Philippines!  Good friends can be found everywhere and sometimes when you least expect it.

I enclosed this photo of a maple leaf that I took two weeks ago…..as the coloured leaves were falling down from the trees.  It’s red and stands out among the other fallen leaves.  It is meant to represent Canada AND the tree whose sap is the source of the delicious and versatile maple syrup that is finding tasty usefulness in more and more exciting and fun recipes, here and around the world.  And that you and I talked about.  🙂

Thank you so very much for your kindness, Micah.

I send you many hugs!!

Michaela

Summer Red Sunset

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On my evening walk

The red sun bids me good-bye,

Cradled  by the trees.

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Then I walk some more

Thinking she has disappeared.

I turn to look – ha!

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Further down the road

Hanging suspended in blue;

Now a pale pink orb.

Note:  On my walk two evenings ago, in the midst of my thoughts I looked up and saw the red sun, looking so different with no clouds and blue sky to reflect off her colours.  And my first urge was to run back down the road to the house to get my camera.  But then I thought, the sun sets fast….usually….and by the time I would get back to this spot, she’d be hidden by the trees.  So, I opted to use my phone camera, so I could at least remember this experience.

Mischevious as she is, after I had walked a good stretch more, she HADN’T disappeared yet, and I thought – oh!  I could have run back for my camera!  You tricked me!  Haha!  Oh well.

And even further on, I looked again, and that’s when the sun looked so beautiful as a pink orb, floating….suspended in the all around hazy bluish sky.  Just before she finally set.

I was so mesmerized with that image.