First Day of Fall in the Country

We headed off on another road trip to the country and took so many pictures that it will take a few days to post them all. We've had a horribly dry, hot summer and I am worried that we will not get the great Fall colors I was hoping for. Some trees have started to change and I tried to capture as many colors as I could.

Almost all of the corn has been harvested and the fields have been prepared for Fall. Click to enlarge.

The area we visited had some beautiful barns.

This area had brick and stone churches rather than the wooden ones we saw so many of on the last trip.

I stopped by the roadside and cut these thistles to use in arrangements. Oh boy are they sharp!

I really want to turn one of these into my new home!

The Maples are some of the first trees to turn.

This countryside is covered with split rail fences.

This is horse country.

Long ago I used to ride in a hunt that started on this very road.

Cantering was always my favorite part of riding. You can see this horse is cantering.

This farm planted evergreens and maples together for a beautiful Fall show.

Split rail shadows.

Watching her made me miss riding.

I used to train racehorses.

This is the spot where the hunt would begin.

I could fix this one up!

I love this time of the year so much but I really wish our weather would drop into at least the low 80's.

Gorgeous country road.

Tomorrow I will show you the pics of the town we visited. I hope you got a bit of a Fall fix from these pictures. Happy first day of Fall and blessed Mabon to all!

* To anyone in the eastern part of the country that is experiencing the Stink Bug infestation, if you have any advice I would really appreciate it. For those of you who have not heard about will. Believe me there can be nothing quite as creepy as these hideous bugs...ugh!!!

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ana_didi said…
Hi Joyce!
so beautiful places :)
Pricilla said…
Me, I loved the feel of a gallop. Felt like I was flying. I miss riding too :(
Beautiful photos! Love a drive in the country!
Hi Jaz! We went to Ottawa for a week so yes, we were visiting the federal government MAZE (not labyrinth), so to speak! I was hoping the fall colours would have started down East but there was not a lot yet. Love your maple leaf blog border!
Beautiful countryside!It looks much like it does in many places around here where I live (well not so much around my cottage but in other places in this county), that also is horse country. No county has as many horses as this here in Sweden.

I think that thistle is Indian teasel. We have it in our gardens over here, but they have spread out in to the nature too :-)

I have read about Your stink bugs and they seems nasty. But Soap should suffocate them. Mix 1 part soap with nine parts of water and a cork (screw cork) of methylated spirits (or any kind of alcohol). That should help some anyway.

Have a great day now!
Love these pictures! One of my fondest memories of my grandma was all of us kids piling up in her old car and riding around out in the country.

I had big problems with stink bugs in my vegetable garden this year. I went out one night and found at least two dozen of them on one of my tomatoes! I used a homemade soap mixture and went out with a flashlight every single night for weeks and sprayed them with the soap, plucked them off and stomped on them. Ewww. HATE those things.

I heard that fall colors may be late this year - though I've forgotten why now (since we don't really get that down here).

Hope your week is going well & thanks for the pretty tour!
Guillaume said…
And I thought in my naivity that it was yesterday! I always think it is the Equinox on the 21st. But for me, it always starts with September.
sure put me in a Fall mood. i loved all of it...another thing in common and we didn't know it.I used to show horses. Have had 4 horses in my life. both english and western...and what i LOVED the most about riding was riding through the woods in the Fall...galloping along ...Fall air...and riding as free as the wind. Sammy was probably my favorite horse..a HUGE sorrel gentle giant of a guy. I had Sweet with a white strip ...a beauty..english jumper and MEAN as a snake that sweet pea...that's for sure.... had dolly as my first horse and Whistle that I showed alot in CA. we did it all..had the trainer and did Cow Palace in San Francisco and Earl Warren in Santa Barbara and everything in between..LOVED it and Miss it too. thanks for the memories... and HAPPY FIRST DAY of last...and guess what..we are headed into a heat wave. waa waa waa......
Wendy said…
Here in Southern California, we don't get at all these beautiful blazing colors! Thank you so much for the gorgeous shots and helping me feel like I just went on a mini vacation :)
The Frog Queen said…
Looks like you are having a great time. Thanks for taking pictures so we can come along for the ride :)

Teresa said…
Beautiful pictures! I've only been to your area of the country a couple of times, but I just love it.
Tractor Mom said…
Love the pictures! And keep those nasty bugs up there with you!!

Come by when you get back home...
I wanna move there- I love the graveyard and the white fixer upper house.
Soraya said…
I suppose I'll be living vicariously through your blog to see Autumn Leaves. We lack them here in Florida.
C in DC said…
Oh, how lovely. Now I am completely homesick.