It's that time, y'all. I promised pictures of my little slice of America and here they are.
So, what kind of spooky things have I for you? Well, they aren't all spooky and scary, in fact none really are to me, but you know how that is. I'm jaded. So... first up is the fallen log.
I love downed trees. Especially ones that have fallen naturally. I like the moss that grows on them, I like how they almost always look like they are telling a story.
This one is not far from my house, out in the booger woods maybe seven miles from me. I just love how it looks. It makes me wonder how many kids have walked across it to get to the bigger trees on the opposite bank so they could swing on the vines in those trees.
I just love it.
So now, fall foliage! My area has gorgeous autumns... most years. This year we had an odd thing happen with the leaves and since it wasn't as beautiful as it normally is, I wanted to share how strange it was instead.
First, the leaves started falling before the trees actually changed colors. Odd yes, but not unheard of.
This little country back road goes nowhere--literally, it starts off the side of the main road and goes on for a mile or two, then stops. It leads to nothing but more woods.
What like about this little stretch of road is that you never, ever see any vehicles on it, but it still doesn't overgrow. ot that there aren't any vehicles that go down there, but really, why would they? There's nowhere to go.
So what's up next?
Ah! Tree roots that just make me giggle. These things are all over the place. When you live in the mountains, you get used to seeing tree roots that have grown above ground, usually on the side of a steep incline on a mountain. These kinda look like teeth, I think, but my imagination has artistic license here. I'm sure they don't really look that way to other people.
After the first leaves fell, we got a little gold and yellow, but it wasn't special like most years. Most autumns around here are fan-fucking-tastic. But, with all the rains we've had and the strange weather of this summer and fall, I guess it just wasn't going to happen.
I got cheated, I tell ya!
There are some colorful pics in here, but there aren't many. You shall see, I promise.
This is down the road a stretch from my house.
And this thing is a tree.
Or was, anyway.
Just a rotted tree stump but I dig it. It sets my imagination going.
Wonder why things rot the way they do? Why they make those different shapes and such. It's wild, that's for sure.
Anyone else think that this looks like the perfect place for a mouse to live? I don't know why, but I just think it looks like a mouse house.
Nothing really special, but you know.
AND LOOK AT THIS!!!
It's a frigging headless grasshopper!
Technically, anyway. The head is laying beside the body, completely separated. I just had to include it.
Remember earlier when I said some leaves fell before the trees turned? Well, here's some turnage, but it's nothing great. A little gold, a little orange. This is the view from my kitchen window.
And just as the trees did turn to the brighter colors I know and love (like to the left here)... they all fell off. Like, within two days of fully changing color.
I love walking through the woods when the trees are gold and maroon. But instead.
I got one color, then another.
THIS IS ALL I GOT!!
By the time the maroons came out, there was no trace left of the incredible golds and oranges that are normally there.
This is the house next door. It's up the hill from my house and when I was a kid, my best friend and her family lived there. I've slept in that house and yes, it was creepy and scary. It still is.
Of course, it didn't look quite this bad when I was a kid. So, I've watched this house go from being a family home to an abandoned house, to a falling down wreck. And is it haunted, you want to know?
Yes. It's always been haunted that I know of. Way back when, in the beginnings of the 1900's, a young mother died in the upstairs giving birth to her youngest, and fourth, son. Five years later, her oldest son (by then he was 16) murdered his father on the front porch with an axe. I've actually heard the woman talk upstairs, and my friend's mother said she could feel people get in bed with her, but you know.
Sorry about the slight glare and bad quality of the photo. I took it from a moving vehicle.
Just trees and mountains. More colorful leaves!!!
Both pictures, same tree. On the left is from early July.
The right is from last week.
It's wild seeing how much a few months can change something.
And lastly, vines that look like a giant spider. I love these... they're just too neat.
Oh... and before I forget. I had, repeat, HAD pictures of the old graveyard up the road. But, with my old pc going on to that big motherboard in the sky, I no longer have them. I'll have to replace them and share, along with the story of the graveyard.
So anyway, that's it. That's fall around my place. Hopefully next year will be a bit brighter and I can show y'all how beautiful it truly gets around here. Oh... and...
Peace & Love, y'all
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