Saturday, October 22, 2011

Melancholy days

Autumn is here! I have a love/hate relationship with the season. I adore the beautiful colors and the crisp air, but I hate knowing that winter is coming with its cold, dreary days of constant rain.
I decided to take advantage of the decent weather to go for a quick bike ride.The weatherman said it wasn’t supposed to rain. So I hopped on my bike to take some photos of the gorgeous autumn colors.   Click on any photo to enlarge it.

The trees are spectacular right now. Photos don’t do justice to the vibrant colors.

Of course, the weatherman was wrong. A soon as I got about 3 miles into my ride, it started to rain. It was only a few sprinkles, so I continued on. 
I had to stop and take this photo. The monster looks creepy staring down at me from the window.

While I was taking this photo, a fellow bicyclist snuck up behind me and said hello. It scared the snot out of me. I’m not used to seeing many people on Old Sheridan Highway and I didn’t hear his approach.
 Yes, I almost screamed; the biker seemed very amused by this. With my adrenaline pumping, I continued on my ride. I wanted to show you this view because it is so beautiful. This is what I see when I bike down Old Sheridan Highway. It is so green and the hills look tranquil.

Here is another view off those hills, this time with thistles in front of them. There were lots of tractors out working the fields today.

I have meant to post a picture of this barn. It was here that I found the teddy bear.

Right next to it is this contraption thingy with Fargo written on it. I don’t know what it is, but it looks rustic with the trees behind it.

My next stop was the South Yamhill Cemetery. I was hoping the trees would be colorful here. It didn’t disappoint me. Everything looked somewhat spooky in the autumn weather.

While taking pictures, I saw some dirt fly up from the ground. I admit, my first thought was “ooh, zombies”. I have been watching too many zombie movies lately.
It ended up being a gopher digging, not nearly as exciting as a zombie.

The rain was starting to really pour, so I decided to head home. I think I will come back on Halloween. That seems like the perfect day to visit the dead.

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