Early last evening we drove through roads on our destination that simply added breathtaking beauty to our day.
"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter." ~Nova S. Bair
As I stopped to take pictures, the only sound was the rippling water and the distant tractor engine from a nearby field. The solitude created a peaceful respite from the business of the day, and the schedule we were keeping.
On the rural roads, we saw signs everywhere of preparations being made for the coming winter.
Farmers at work in the fields, harvesting the crops, and taking all the necessary steps to get ready for the months ahead.
Storing hay has taken a different twist in this part of the state, and now is covered in white plastic.
Our grandchildren call them giant marshmellows.
What a clever way to store the harvest.
The corn is in the corn bin and ready to supply feed for the cattle.
Each autumn, I watch this farmer make these preparations, as the farm is close by, and each summer I see how depleted the harvest has become. I find the cycle quite interesting. I admire how they continually plan ahead for each season of life.
"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad." ~Edwin Way Teale
"Autumn carries more gold in its hand than all the other seasons." ~Jim Bishop
What are the signs of the upcoming winter in your part of the country?