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I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky

October 21, 2009 | Iowa,Weird things

For just a few hours one day in October, my yard was filled with thousands of birds. When I first pulled into my driveway, I noticed the grass in my yard was black. Then I looked again. My grass wasn’t black. My grass was covered with black birds. As I neared the garage, they flew off in a mass. I parked the car, grabbed my cameras and followed them around the yard.

They flitted about and flew from tree to tree in droves. It was fascinating and a little creepy in a Hitchcockian way.

They were so high in the trees, I figured there was no way they could hear me over their own noise. But as I walked through the yard, it seemed as if I disturbed one and set them off to swarm away in a group to the next tree. At that moment, the chirping would stop, and all I could hear was the fluttering of wings. (I’d also get that dippy feeling in my stomach that maybe I should duck or run for cover.) Then the chorus would start again.

I listened and watched for about an hour. By the time I brought the kids home from school, all the birds were gone.

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There’s a full moon rising, let’s go dancing in the light

October 17, 2009 | Iowa

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So the season of the fall begins

October 16, 2009 | Iowa

More fall colors. Before the snow.

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Leaves are falling, autumn leaves are falling

October 13, 2009 | Family,Iowa

Before I was so rudely interrupted with it’s-still-fall-dangit snow, I had lots of fall colors to share. We took a road trip Sunday to the Mississippi River — we’re only a couple of hours away. We fed the fish in Decorah. We also had lunch at a pizza place in Decorah, apparently home to lots of Norwegian-Americans. We also stopped in Marquette and McGregor. It was tons of fun. I’ll post some now and some later.

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I’m having a few, and I’m wishing summer were here

October 12, 2009 | Iowa,Winter

Because it snowed this morning, my son said, “Today is the first day of winter!”

Yes [*glower*], it SNOWED this morning. Although, the first snow was two days ago. A record. Or something.

I replied, “Well, no, actually, the first day of winter isn’t scheduled for a while yet. It’s still technically fall.” And I tried not to think about how long this winter will be if it actually starts today. Because it’s not like spring will come in February to compensate.


This is what they looked like just three days ago.

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Oh, September grass is the sweetest kind, it goes down easy like apple wine

September 30, 2009 | Apples,Garden,Iowa

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