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I’m wondering about Lady Autumn here in NE Ohio. She has been making a slow entrance to be certain. A little over a week ago it was in the high 80s and suddenly it appears there will be chance of snow on Sunday. Will fall’s picturesque debutante make a later than normal appearance to the gala? Will she make a modest or brilliant showing of her colorful attire? Or, will her leaves generally fade and drop into an early winter? Only time and Mother Nature know the fate of daughter Autumn in this part of the world. I’m hoping for flash of brilliance and a dance or two under warm and wonderous leaves, even if it is short lived. #autumn #fallinneohio #fall #changingseasons #colorsoffall #mothernature #naturesbeauty #naturelover #peaceandbeauty #wandering #woodlands #forest #woodlandbeauty #creekside #neohio #fourseasongirl #explore #getoutthere #walkinginthewoods #lookingforfall

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It was one year ago and at the end of dry season when I had the chance to view the famous Victoria Falls. As such, I missed the extreme power and extensive curtain of water that most associate with the falls. I can tell you however that it did not minimize the experience for me because I felt that the land that supports and surrounds the falls had the chance to share the stage and spotlight the falls in a very different way. Perhaps there was a bit more harmony between the elements of earth and water giving it an interesting and unique beauty. #victoriafalls #zambeziriver #zimbabwe #zambia #dryseason #africa #waterfalls #adventure #travel #explore #nature #powerful #landscape #naturespower #amazing #mosioatunya #naturesbeauty #naturelover #africanadventure #throwback #memory #falls #whatavacation #getoutthere #travel #takemeback at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Hard to imagine that on October 10 the landscape would lack the blush of fall color. I suppose the above average temperatures and sunny days are accountable for most of that. Today you can feel the change that is coming. Yesterday’s and this past week’s temperatures in the high 80s are moving downward and the high tomorrow is to be only 50. The migratory birds, for the most part, have taken flight and only one Snowy Egret was observed yesterday. The herons often stay and even some of the Canada Geese have been hanging around a good part of the year. So this walk at the wetlands might have been the swan song to a summer that held on long after the equinox. Perhaps cooler night air and cloudier skies will initiate the blooming of the fall colors on the trees. It’s my favorite part of the year, so I hope so. #wetlands #landscape #october #missingfall #lilypads #marsh #heron #fallinohio #ornot #birdseyeview #throughthegrasses #grasses #nature #naturelover #wandering #peaceful #peaceandbeauty #ohio #neohio #wanderingatthewetlands #explore #getoutthere #whereareyouautumn #autumn #summerholdingon

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One year ago today I was standing on top of this mountain in Cape Town, South Africa being awed by the view. It was the beginning of the best vacation I have ever experienced. Since then I have yearned to go back to Africa. Today I’m nearly 10,000 miles away, so let’s see what can one do a year later to top a moment like that? Hmmm. I have the answer. Hold and cuddle your new grandson for hours on end and have all your family gathered together to welcome him. Nothing can top that! #tablemountain #capetown #za #capetownsouthafrica #westerncape #mountainview #heavenly #memory #oceanview #climbers #lionshead #landscape #earthandsea #thatview #naturelovers #mothernaturesbeauty #travel #asfarastheeyecansee #surfandsky #explore #getoutthere #southafrica #africa #cuddlegrandbabies #family at Table Mountain, Cape Town

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This was my departing view of The Canadian Rockies as I was heading east to Calgary. A little chunk of heaven. Although early September at the time, there was a bit of fall easing into the landscape. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get out and explore this beautiful planet and tuck away memories like this. Worth the price of admission...oh wait, it didn’t cost a thing to stand on this roadside pull off and enjoy the view. Ahhh! Now that is priceless! #canadianrockies #canada #alberta #ohcanada #landscape #naturesbeauty #mothernaturesbeauty #nature #mountainview #abitoffall #naturelover #memory #justanothervacationpic #blueandgold #cloudysky #peaceandbeauty #priceless #getoutthere #explore #travel #peaceful #changingseasons

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My daughter in law has these big beautiful hydrangeas all summer and I continually marvel at them as I, personally, seem challenged to grow them successfully. But now as their northern exposure, limited sunlight and cooler temps are causing their luster and brilliance to fade, I seem even more fascinated by their great beauty and color palette. If only I were fading in such a lovely manner. 😂😉👵🤷‍♀️🧐🙃. Happy Sunday my friends. #hydrangeas #flowers #deathbecomesher #fadingbeauty #fallblush #mothernaturesbeauty #nature #naturelover #petals #fallinohio #neohio #macro #changes #color #garden #flowersofinstagram #fall #autumn #enjoythemoment

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Although it makes for an interesting photo, it seems to me as if there is too much algae in our fresh water lakes and ponds and even our oceans. Global warming??? I have no expertise, only guesses. #protectourearth #algae #whysomuchalgae #fall #reflection #pondview #nature #naturelover #protecttheenvironment #mothernaturesbeauty #fallinohio #neohio #pondscum #bluesky #skyonthewater #prayersforearth #lovenature #carefornature #fallday #protectourpubliclands

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It’s Monarch migration season here in NE Ohio. You see them everywhere but that doesn’t mean I’m always successful in catching a photo. They can flit around more than my 4 year old grandson. I’ve loved Monarchs since I was a child and have always been intrigued by their beautiful markings. I found out today as I was contemplating this photo that their color, like many brightly colored creatures, is a warning to predators of their foul taste and potential poison. As the Monarch caterpillars ingest the milkweed, apparently they hold onto the plant’s heart arresting steroids that are similar to digitalis. So my advice, look, enjoy the beauty, but don’t eat one! 😳🙄🤭. #monarch #butterfly #monarchbutterfly #wildflowers #migration #hairysunflowers #ohio #neohio #naturelover #naturescreatures #butterfliesofinstagram #naturesbeauty #flowers #latesummer #beautiful #mothernaturesbeauty #finaldaysofsummer #summerinohio #wandering #youresopretty

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A beautiful September day at the wetlands before the swans took flight and the clouds and leftover rain from Florence came to call today. #prayersforthecarolinas 🙏 #ohio #neohio #wetlands #falliscoming #landscape #trumpeterswans #ducks #goldenrod #wandering #nature #naturesbeauty #naturelover #latesummer #changingseasons #color #reflection #cloudyblueskies #mothernaturesbeauty #wildflowers #golden

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Meanwhile, back in Ohio I’m enjoying the last 7 days of summer in my own beautiful corner of the world. Won’t be long until Mother Nature paints the landscape with color. I love all four seasons so I’m savoring these final days while looking forward to the arrival of autumn. 🍃🌿🍂🍁. “To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven.” The Byrds #finaldaysofsummer #neohio #summersfarewellsong #ohio #waterfall #leaves #riverview #landscape #wandering #nature #hiking #naturelover #mothernaturesbeauty #framed #turnturnturn #seasonalchange #landscape #southchagrin #bytheriver #lightandshadow #highlights #mycorneroftheworld #simplethings #explore #getoutthere

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Another from the ‘smoke series’. This was taken 15 days ago at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. The Howe Ridge Fire burns to the north of the lake and continues to keep the famed Going-To-Sun-Road closed. On this morning the sun and blue sky broke through a bit, but just out of frame on the left you could see the plumes of smoke rising in the air. The soft edge at the horizon is due to the smoke. Glacier was on my bucket list but I think I need to keep it on and take an opportunity to visit again and see this lake in full glory and drive that incredible highway that was closed during this visit. #stillbeautiful #lakemcdonald #glacier #glaciernationalpark #smokeonthewater #smoke #howeridgefire #montana #morninglight #smokeseries #nature #naturelover #wander #explore #getoutthere #americasbeauty #boat #protectourpubliclands #landscape #lakescape at Lake McDonald

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💙🤩🏔🤩💙, and more to come 📷📸📷📸📷📸📷😬. BTW - Sometimes you can teach an old dog a new trick. I have been frustrated with the cropping on IG of a few vertical shots. My solution, trick it into believing it’s a square photo. Anybody else have a solution for this. Am I just the last one to figure this out? #banffnationalpark #alberta #canadianrockies #mountain #mountainview #glaciallake #hiking #wandering #pinetree #silhoueetedpines #magnificentmountains #getoutthere #optoutside #canada #ohcanada #nature #vacation #naturelover #mothernaturesbeauty #travel #explore #beautyoftheearth at Banff National Park

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Well vacation has come to an end but not before I fell in love. Yes, in love. I fell hook, line and sinker for the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. Sigh! It’s hard to leave a new love behind but don’t worry Rockies, I will return some day for more moments when you will pull on my heart strings and leave me with stars in my eyes. #banffnationalpark #alberta #canadianrockies #sunrise #dreamy #softlight #vacation #mountainpeak #morninghasbroken #travel #explore #getoutthere #bestillmyheart #wunderlust #nature #naturelover #dawn #mothernaturesbeauty #morephotostocome at Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

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Rain came last night in British Columbia and cleared the atmosphere of smoke. I can’t tell you how nice it was to stand outside and breathe in the fresh mountain air this morning. But tonight as I was trying to decide what to post, I kept coming back to this photo taken on the smokiest day of the trip. There is something haunting and intriguing about this image to me. The stark, black trees of past fires stand in front of the soft, beige curtain of smoke of the fires in the mountains today. Down at the bottom there is a bit of life and color, a promise of a future. Past, present and future in a somber frame with a reminder, that just like for me today, tomorrow can and often will be a better day. #fires #glacier #somberlandscape #smoky #glaciernationalpark #loganspass #baretrees #mountainview #wilfires #quiet #nature #landscape #pastpresentfuture #firescape #montana #summer2018 #westernwildfires #august #blackandbeige #contrast #hillside #smokeseries at Logan Pass at Glacier National Park

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