Today is the first of October, the very best, the most beautiful, the most inspiring and exhilarating month of the year. I adore the color, the scent, the pageantry, the crispness, the whole vibe of this month punctuated at the end with the fun of Halloween, a time when kids of all ages can act out their fantasies. It’s a time to indulge our imaginations!

What’s not to love?


Mightily so with a good stiff breeze
Or gradually over time
Thanks to gentle stirrings, peppered with patience.

New growths occur
Some perhaps at great distances.
Nature has her ways
And always provides – well, when she’s not feeling feisty.

In the world
Accounts for much of the way of things.
Fairness – not so much…

Husband and I spent a glorious afternoon hiking this weekend and these young ‘uns – rebels! – were also savoring a beautiful October day on their Harley Davidson motorcyles. Our very own, gorgeously incredible Ledges State Park was a madhouse of visitors yesterday.

Folks here realize that each and every luscious fall day that goes by may be the last good one of the year so you have to get out there while you can. These fellows, in their biker black leathers, graciously agreed to allow me to photograph them. I love their casual pose, the only shot I took as I did not want to delay them – they’d only just arrived when I crossed their path – in their enjoyment of a fantastic fall day here in central Iowa.