Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Days of Gold

Nothing Gold Can Stay
by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn on Flagstaff Road

Over the weekend, my friend Jane and I took off on Saturday in the early afternoon to make a trek to the Togwotee Pass area on the Continental Divide.  Just off the main highway between Togwotee Lodge and the Hatchet Resort, I remember traveling Flagstaff Road, perhaps 20 years ago, and thinking I must return. My how the time has slipped by.  To predict the best weekend to see the fall colors in the high country is a gamble.  However, I believe we timed this trip about right. 

We saw lots of yellow aspen mixed in between the forest evergreens.  In only a few places we spotted a lone tree sporting orange.  I can't say we saw shades of red, which was disappointing.  "Hey Mother Nature, did you forget to put red on your color palette before you started painting Flagstaff Road?"

Because of the fires in states west of WY,  a smoky haze erased the rugged details of the Tetons which one can usually see, even from this distance.  I suppose we were fortunate to see their outline.

We are wondering if that freezing cold front that came through a couple weeks ago had something to do with altering the natural change of color in the aspens.  We saw a lot of yellow/brown in many of the aspen groves. 

Once we got back to the main highway, we stopped at a fairly new rest-stop located just east of Togwotee Lodge.  I'd never stopped there before,  but the view from that lookout is picturesque, for sure.  A sheltered look-out area with some legend boards and a mural are nicely displayed.  From there we headed home, stopping in Dubois for dinner.

I hadn't been home 5 minutes before the phone rang, and my neighbor couldn't wait to tell me that they had gone up to Atlantic City, and the colors there were spectacular.  Lots of oranges and reds.  So, perhaps that's the spot this year for leaf-peeping in Fremont County. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A fresh orange

I took a deep breath and started a fresh cast-on for the orange fingerless mitts.  I think the sizing will work!  Or at least...so far, so good.

Here he is right at my feet.

I had to chase this little guy out of the grass in the yard again.  And he is not very scared of me.  I can get right up to him, less than an arm length away--and he just looks at me as if to say, "What's up?  Is there a problem?  Everything seems fine to me here in the tall, rich, tasty grass.  You want me to go?  Are you kidding??? Why???"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Orange frog

Ribbit...and double ribbit!  I had to frog it.  Bummer.  I had two inches completed.  I was trying to convince myself that it really wasn't too big around and that it would all work out fine if I just kept going.  After trying on the knitted cuff section over my hand numerous times, the orange light finally dawned on me that the size was not working out at all. I want orange fingerless mitts that fit well!  So.... I had to do it.

I cast on again, this time with fewer stitches (the small size).  It looks kind of small.  Hmmm. This better work out.  Frogging a second time just would not work for me.  Of course, my friend "Lyle" would say that the yarn and knitting project will last a lot longer if I keep frogging; it's a way to keep one's eyes from wandering toward new purchases so quickly. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's all about orange...

Well, the Broncos won their game on Sunday against KC...although it was a bit of a nail-bitter right down to the last seconds.  Keep that orange crush going, boys...

Speaking of orange, I have been looking at and enjoying the color like I never have before.  You may have seen the orange bracelet yesterday, and I decided I may as well pick up the orange yarn from my stash (thanks, Nancy S) and cast on a new project.  I'm likin' the orange... AND, I was inspired by one of kathy b's latest projects...so here I go...

Monday, September 15, 2014

A beautiful September morning...

The cold front passed through, but we're back to normal fall temps.  I couldn't, however, pass up the picture of snow on the foothills which lasted a little longer than the snow in my yard.  I like how the high peaks are visible between layers of clouds.  The leaves on a few trees have started turning, but the show of color is probably two to three weeks away. 

The chuckers are back.  They came through last year, and here they are again.  I don't know what they are finding to eat here, but they are poking/pecking around every morning.  15-20 of them were hanging out for quite a while.

I was inspired to make some jewelry this weekend, and the fall colors were inspiring me. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014