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Gentian Blue

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Feeling a little blue about nothing in particular today so . . . Charlie and I went to the swampy woods which reliably has gentians at this time of the year.

Not my own picture . . . because I'm not a skilled photographer at all . . . but this image captures perfectly the unique blue that I look for every year at this time.

Charlie had a wonderful run along the trails, ears flopping and tail wagging and yipping occasionally with sheer exuberance. He races ahead, turns around to make sure I'm still with him, runs back just to smile joyously, and then takes off again.

The yellow goldenrod and wild asters (every shade from palest mauve to deep deep purple) were also in bloom. There were just a very few bright red maple leaves. And the "BEARS HAVE BEEN SIGHTED IN THIS AREA: Keep your dog on the leash" sign had been posted: didn't see that one until Charlie and I were getting back into my car! I don't know how brave Charlie and I would have been if we had known!

If definitely feels like fall. Last weekend was sleeveless top and shorts: this weekend jeans and long sleeved Tshirt and jacket, with warm socks and duckboots. I made a huge pot of French Canadian pea soup, and some apple crisp with new season Paula Reds.

And: definitely left my blues in the gentian patch!! emoticon emoticon
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    Love going for walks with my dog. Its always nice. Love the flowers!!
    1992 days ago
    Great blog!..I love hearing about the flora and fauna of your area!! So different from here.

    It's still hot and dry here, though we've had a couple days of frost it's back in the mid 30's C and really windy and dusty :(

    Love apples especially this time of year emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Sounds like a beautiful walk!

    Yes, it is fall here as well -- highs only in the 80s, LOL. But it is in the 60s early in the morning when we take our walks.
    1992 days ago
    Yep, this past week has decidedly brought a scent of Fall to the air. Along with mixed feelings too...regretting the summer that I didn't really jump into with both feet, sensing the potential of jumping into fall with both feet, but still unsure and lacking the confidence I used to have so much of...

    1992 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Ah!!!! you transport me to a place or beauty and peace. It is wonderful that bears did not interrupt you r wonderful day.
    1992 days ago
    A walk is a wonderful way to lift a blue mood, I can feel autumn coming on too.

    Love that.........not so keen on the fact winter follows!

    Have a good week emoticon
    1992 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! Gorgeous flower! We sure don't have those around here! LOVED your descriptive walk, felt I was right along with you! The bear warning would have made me mighty nervous though. Charlie's yipping would have warned the bears off though. They are generally shy and avoid contact if there is enough warning. The bottom has certainly fallen out of our temperatures too. One day got down to 3.
    Glad you made it home safely and could enjoy that classic soup!
    1992 days ago
    I sometimes have a hard time shaking those kind of vague things...


    Good job.
    1993 days ago
    I'm glad you were able to walk off (and to) the blues!
    1993 days ago
    Sounds like your Charlie is a scout, as my Diamond was. Much the same behavior on runs... she'd lope out, come back to check on us, and head out again. Love him extra for me today!
    1993 days ago
    I've never seen a gentian blue in person, but now I definitely want to. Watch out for bears! I heard this is a bad year for bears in lots of communities. Your soup sounds wonderful, especially with your cool weather. It will be months until we have long sleeve weather, and I'll enjoy it when it comes. You enjoy now for me, too!! Hope the blues stay in the flowers! Take care. -Marsha
    1993 days ago
    i just saw gentian blue for the first time on friday when we hiked up the mountains here in the north cascades! didn't take any pictures, though. we had pelle the border collie also gleefully running back and forth. yesterday we hiked in the valley, and saw bear sign everywhere, but no bear. pelle was running about then as well. still summer here by day, but it is awfully cool in the mornings!
    1993 days ago
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