Fall is a short but glorious season at high altitude.
Aspens are changing color quickly.
Our main deciduous tree, they turn the landscape golden.
I've been trying to walk/run 4-6 miles daily.
I keep an eye on the sky, because of frequent rain/hail storms.
Mostly, I traverse the trails behind my house.
Occasionally, if I have errands in town,
I walk along the banks of the Blue River.
I love the energizing sound of rushing water.
My favorite Delphinium bloomed late and is putting on quite a show.
However, our abundance of rain has turned my gardens sodden.
Most of the perennials and wildflowers are going to seed.
The Cow Parsnip (Indian Celery) is sculptural as the umbels dry.
It's a "volunteer" herb that grows beside my stream.
I like to think that a bird may have "planted" it.
A bumper crop of lichen and fungi display their fantastic
colors, shapes, and textures in the forest.
Because of all the rain, many varieties of fungi, some poisonous, are sprouting in the forest duff.
I eat mushrooms but tend to buy mine at market since I'm no expert at identification.
Poisonous varieties can be lethal.
I've started to drink chocolate chai latte with breakfast.
It tastes smooth and decadent - I need it to banish morning's chill.
(That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. I may have to add another mile to my walks.)
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