Technical difficulties kept me from putting up this photo of our tamaracks in their autumn glory. Tamaracks look like evergreens but their needles change color and fall off in the fall--in other words, they're deciduous. This year, our tamaracks looked, from our window, like flames.
Here's a closeup of the needles.
And, in an entirely unrelated matter, here's a recent visitor to our back yard, possibly escaping the bloodthirstiness of the mighty hunters (the deer know they're safe here, if often vilified for their destructiveness!):
Outside some very extreme circumstances, I just don't think I could ever shoot one, no matter that they've destroyed our vineyard and would-be orchard. I still enjoy seeing them come right into the yard to browse.
Just about every morning a rabbit (or two, or three) pays a call, browsing our front yard for edibles.
"Hey, that sorrel looks tasty!" I haven't been able to harvest sorrel this year. Both the bunnies and the deer are very fond of sorrel, no matter that they have to visit the herb garden, quite close to the house, to nibble it.
Out for stroll, this mom and her little ones strayed quite a distance from the lake to wind up in front of our barn. They're headed in the right direction, though.
Jim took a series of photos of this beautiful spider (yes, I know--to many of you reading this, there's no such thing as a beautiful spider!). This was the most striking.