Weekend 107: Chasing the autumn sun

Whole day sunshine is past for now. We are surrounded by mountains and to get the warmth of afternoon sun we need to move out of the house. We do not plan our hikes/walks on daily basis but what matters is the sunny side of the mountains 🌞😎. Anyways when we go out near farms, we get chance to say hello to happy sheeps and to enjoy the beauty and freshness of autumn.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.~
L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

AUTUMNAL

Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees,
That hardly sway before a breeze
As soft as summer: summer’s loss
Seems little, dear! on days like these.

Let misty autumn be our part!
The twilight of the year is sweet:
Where shadow and the darkness meet
Our love, a twilight of the heart
Eludes a little time’s deceit. … …

Ernest Dowson (The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson)

Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.~ Jane Austen (Persuasion)

In our region the day tempearture is well below two digits now and the days are getting shorter hence it’s obvious that people enjoy the warmth of autumn sun. Trees are changing colours quite fast. A new scene welcomes us whenever we walk on the roads.

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Jo’s Monday walk, I think Jo is enjoying a short break for now 🤩

I am updating this post and joining Robin’s Walktober . It’s going to be fun.

Weekend 100: Summer at home 2

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Walking in surroundings is included in our daily routine now. I picked a couple of images from our walk last week.

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Flowers are blooming everywhere here and almost every house has beautiful display. A couple of days ago we took a short walk to appreciate gardens in our neighbourhood.

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Our town walk was concluded with coffee and cake. No rains and wind and even the temperature was just perfect resulting lot of people outside. Gladly it was convenient to maintain social distancing while seating outside. July is vacation month in Norway but our borders are still closed and moreover this year people are adviced to spend their vacations in Norway. Hope this will help local business which rely mostly on tourists.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Second entry to last week’s lens artists photo challenge: Summer

Here is my first entry for the same challenge : CLICK

Weekend 77: Rhododendron

This morning I told Kate about my plan to visit Rhododendron section in arboretum and I managed and I am really happy about it as it’s going to rain tomorrow and as per our weather forecast department we might see more snow on Monday.

weekend77_1Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, the state flower of Sikkim in India and the state flower of West Virginia and Washington. It is is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family. I am sure I have seen more than 100 plants/shrubs and I found it difficult to see the exact difference between two similar plants with similar colour. All were gorgeous.

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All the parts of Rhododendrons are dangerous, especially leaves, showing symptoms of Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, death. Honey made from the nectar of Rhododendron flowers is also toxic and should not be consumed.

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Azaleas make up two subgenera of Rhododendron. They are distinguished from “true” rhododendrons by having only five anthers per flower. I wanted to see the Christopher Wren Mollis Hybrid Azalea (the above bud). The Mollis deciduous azalea hybrids were developed in Belgium. These are orange azaleas which were yet to bloom. They might be ready in next couple of days.

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It was good to see many smiling faces.

Weather and the flowers change human behaviour in a good way.

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None the less, I enjoyed the beauties today and was quite surprised seeing various shades of blue. Each one was different yet more gorgeous than others.

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Rhododendrons are referred to as the King of Shrubs since they are regarded by many as the best flowering evergreen plants for the temperate landscape

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Jo’s Monday Walk

For more information:

https://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/morepopularflowers/rhododendron