Waning Fall

The chrysanthemums by the door are fading to brown.


 The maple trees in the front yard are almost bare now.



We never rake our leaves here on the prairie. The wind takes them away shortly after they fall.

The fields of soybeans and corn have been harvested leaving the countryside bare and open.


This morning dawned sunny and upper 40s, but a cold front is moving in and by 5pm it will be 30 degrees.

Fall is winding to a close, and winter is slowly settling in.

The low tonight is supposed to be 16 degrees. Brrrrr…..  Time to put away my fall jacket and pull out a winter coat.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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13 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I already pulled out my winter coat 🙁

  2. Alica says:

    I’m not ready for temps that cold! Brr…. Fall comes and goes so quickly, so it seems. It’s nice you can just let the wind take care of your leaves!

  3. Lorraine says:

    Your mums are pretty! Love the colors. I still have a couple of marigolds holding on. They are covered in mulched leaves that are warmed in the KY sunshine.
    Sleet and snow mix for us tomorrow. My winter coat is still at the cleaners……
    I need to bring in some wood for the fireplace..

  4. Lisa says:

    brrrrr . . .how do you stay warm??? A cold front is coming through Alabama tomorrow and our temps will be chilly this week also but odds are that it will be warm again by Thanksgiving.

  5. JMart says:

    I am so drawn to the horizons in your pictures….we don’t get those here in New England except at the shoreline. So wish we didn’t have to rake! My hubby vacuums them up with a lawn vac and turns them loose on the compost pile.
    Enjoy the waning days of fall.

  6. Tina says:

    Wow! 40’s to 16 is quite a jump. It’s great snuggling weather though. Just grab your honey or a willing cat since both like to cuddle. I just have to ask Janet at JMart, what do you mean you don’t have horizons?

    • JMart says:

      Sorry to be misleading regarding horizons….we have them but I live in an area that is very heavily-treed. I am surrounded by acres of deep woods. Therefore, we don’t get those faraway horizons that people in the Plains states do. Whenever we travel I am fascinated by those unobstructed views!!
      Hope this explanation helps!

  7. Patty says:

    I put the extra blanket on the bed when I remade it this weekend after doing laundry! I’m in SC, but we are suppose to have some days this week where the high is only in the 40’s

  8. Oh, brrrrrrr, indeed. The weather this time of year is one of the redeeming features of living in north Florida. We had mid to upper 70’s today and a gorgeous day. We’re due to get down to mid 30’s on Tuesday night, though, from that same front that going to hit you a bit earlier.

  9. Tanya says:

    I am a Wisconsin girl and our Autumn is coming to an end. Northern parts of my state have gotten snow already. I’m not ready for the brutal Northern winter. Seems like they get longer every year. It is bad enough now that it’s dark outside before 5 pm!

  10. Jeanne says:

    It’s so interesting to read about all the different temperatures around the country. Here on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains in western Oregon, we had 61 degrees and sunshine part of the day today. Tomorrow is supposed to be mid 50s and rainy. We’ll see. We love the winter weather here – very mild compared to what we had when we lived in southern Idaho and in Canada.

    I love your pictures, Suzanne! Absolutely beautiful!

  11. Teresa says:

    I woke up to 9 degrees this morning. It was quite a sudden change and shock to the system. Beautiful captures.

  12. Carol says:

    New England reporting snow flakes this morning and a stiff wind tonight! Burr… I’ll say, leaves are on the ground or blowing sideways! I will enjoy my hot cocoa and cookie before bed. Goodnight everybody.

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