Thursday, October 16, 2008

The View

It's been raining here all week, so we haven't been able to get any of our outdoor chores done. I grabbed the camera and ventured outside when I tired of indoor chores. The picture above is the view we get from the kitchen window over our sink.

This is the view from our bathroom window. The reddish bushes on the left surround our back yard. They make a lovely, impenetrable screen all summer long. In the spring, the bushes grow bunches of delicate white flowers that develop into white berries. The birds, deer, and squirrels love to eat the berries! My Dad says they're bayberry bushes. I should really look that up one of these days.

Here's the silver maples in our back yard.

For Cherie: Here's a picture of the baby birch that sprouted up in our front yard. We discovered it last year, after we trimmed the brush around our shed.

Here's a shot of our own, personal aspens. In MN, we call them poplars. They're pretty much "junk" trees up here, but they sure are pretty in the fall. You'll notice that our ash trees have already lost their leaves. By this weekend, most of the rest of the trees will be bare too. Fall color is such a short-lived treat. *sigh*


At 10/16/2008 7:41 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

You're right, it's too shortlived but wonderful. Thanks for those pics, Tshsmom! Here's hoping for a long fall!

Hope you're feeling better?

At 10/16/2008 9:47 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

Very pretty - we call them poplars here and they are like weeds - I dig a ton of them out of my yard every year. I think your bayberries (no clue if that is the right name or not either) is the same bush we had at our house where I grew up. I haven't seen one anywhere since then.

At 10/17/2008 7:00 AM, Blogger mister anchovy said...

Very nice. The leaves have mostly turned where I live, except for the immediate area around my house, which for some reason is late. My locust tree is just turning and the maples are still green.

At 10/17/2008 11:49 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

I was going to ask if that was across the street from you until I read a little further down. I recognized the area.. LOL... You are correct with it being short lived alright..

At 10/17/2008 1:57 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Great views from your own home. *envy* We're just starting to get fall colors. If I think about it, I'll take some pix this weekend.

At 10/17/2008 4:53 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Thanks, Tshs, for the gorgeous views of your world - your land. Thanks, too, for the photo of the strong-willed little birch! So pretty. And the aspen/poplars - just lovely with their white trunks and golden leaves. (Junk or no. ;) Your silver maples are ahead of ours, which are just now turning with some seriousness. I raked some leaves off the porch the other day and know that many many more are on the way. Love the way they crunch! For now, most of them are still green.

It must make you feel much contentment to arise under windows with such views, and to arrive home each evening with the greetings of these beautiful specimens of nature. Your BBQ grill looks FANTASTIC by the way. Is that one of those smoker types? Tom wants a smoker/grill in the worst way.

Again, thanks for sharing. I should get my camera out and do a little show and tell of my own.

Breathtaking post.

At 10/17/2008 7:38 PM, Blogger Pam said...

Lovely landscape! It must be fun to watch the wildlife. I'm terrible with names of plants and trees and only just recently learned that we have box elder trees. Now the question is, is there really such a tree or do they only call them that because that's where the box elder bugs hang out before they swarm the south side of our house? Or, *gasp* do box elder bugs grow on trees??? Horrors!

At 10/17/2008 11:27 PM, Blogger SME said...

Beautiful! I love this time of year; too bad it's the shortest of the seasons. I could do with about 7 months of fall.

At 10/18/2008 7:35 AM, Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Beautiful pics! Things have not peaked here, yet. Getting close though. The drive on the turnpike home from work can be breathtaking. I love fall. Ours will last until mid November - my oldest was born November 10th, and that seems to be the last glorious week of it. I remember seeing the trees out the window while I was in labor.

At 10/19/2008 1:24 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Bridg, with the price of heating fuels, I'm hoping for a long, warm Fall too.
My back is almost back to 100%. I'm still careful though.

Jeannie, our neighbor has Silver Poplars, and they're the WORST for shooting up little trees all over our yard! :(

Mr A, sometimes your house will protect your trees from early frosts. Enjoy your leaves! ;)

Good eye Tweets!

VV, living where you do, you probably have Fall colors at Thanksgiving.

Cherie, the view from our windows is usually breathtaking. Depending on the season we see lacy new leaves, the dense green of summer, fall colors, and snow on the pines. The view is one of the few benefits of living in our area.

I wrote a post about that grill 3 yrs ago, when L's mother bought it for us. It cost just $30 less than our kitchen range! Ridiculous in my book, but L loves it.

We CAN smoke on it with indirect heat by using one burner and placing our meat on the other 2 grids. A regular smoker will hold more meat and be more efficient to run. I prefer the electric smokers to the charcoal ones. I think you get more pure smoke flavor without the charcoal adding its own flavor.

Pam, I don't know; I'd SWEAR that box elder bugs grow on the trees. Fortunately, we get very few of them. But then we only have Tag Elders. Hmmm.....

SME, that's what Grandpa always says! ;)

Grizz, I'll bet your area is GORGEOUS in the Fall!!

At 10/21/2008 3:00 PM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Not so sure if its a good eye or just knowing the area... LOL... But beautiful all the same.. I miss home sometimes but like the big City....

At 10/22/2008 3:06 PM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

you have lots of trees nearby. It looks very pleasant.

At 10/24/2008 12:56 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

There's nothing like fall colors. But, yes, don't blink or they're gone.


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