The Pretty Before the Storm

It precipitates sideways in the Midwest. This does not happen in the mountains.  Well, at least not often or even frequently.  Sideways precipitation is not enjoyable.  It is especially unpleasant at 5:30 a.m. when The Queen wants her morning walk (she does not care what the weather is doing).  Lately, the weather has been rainy and forty degrees.  My least favorite weather to live in, much less walk in.

To complicate matters, I hear constantly what a “bad”, “cold”, and “long” winter that is coming.  It is on the radio, the internet, and in conversations nearly everyday.  I really wish a wooly worm would appear and prove all these people wrong.  Since that is not going to happen, I have decided to adopt the Scarlet O’Hara position.  I won’t think about it today, I will think about it tomorrow.

Luckily, between the rainy days the Midwestern fall is still pretty and I intend to enjoy it until the snow starts to fly.

Here are a few snaps of the pretty before the snow . . . enjoy!

This lovely little lane above is in northern Allen County just off of Puff Road.

Ouabache State Park located in Bluffton, Indiana is a beautiful park complete with lake, trails, and gorgeous picnic areas.  It is a great place for a walk, fishing, boating, or a climb on the fire tower.  The leaves were very pretty.

Indiana has a system of fire tower that were historically used to protect property from fires. This is one of three fire towers in northern Indiana constructed for that purpose.  I was really excited about climbing the tower for some pictures of the fall leaves.  Unfortunately, the tower was closed because of a hornet problem.  Maybe next time.


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