Our water heater was leaking and needed to be replaced. So last Wednesday, my husband and I (trust me, he did most of the work...) unhooked it, hauled it up the back stairs and took it to have it recycled...whew! Then that evening, my nephew came and installed a new water heater...bless his heart!!
So, after lots of cleaning up and busyness on Thursday morning, my husband asked me if I wanted to go for a little day trip . . . well, more like an afternoon trip, of course I was all in! I could feel my blood pressure dropping by the minute as we headed for the hills.
It was a beautiful cloudless day, but, because of all the wildfires in our area, it looked very overcast and you could hardly see the mountains. But it was good to relax and just escape the craziness of the city or should I say, the country. It's grain cutting season here, so not only is the air thick with smoke, it is also thick with grain dust . . . not good.
As we were driving, we noticed that the Service berries were almost ripe. I plan on going back for a few buckets of these yummy berries today. They are usually all eaten by the birds, but this year, because of all the snow we had last winter, they are just thick on the bushes. I think I might make some jam and maybe freeze some for cobblers and muffins or pancakes.
This creek was so pretty, and because it's nestled into the mountains, it wasn't as smoky.
I was surprised to find so many wild flowers in bloom. It's so dry this summer, I thought they would be wilted and gone by this time. They are fading fast, but they are still beautiful.
This is a flower that I have never seen in the hills before. I wasn't sure what it was, so I did a little research and found that it is a, Wild Hollyhock, it was just beautiful!
I thought this Thistle flower was so pretty . . . I'm glad it's not in my yard though!
As we were driving along, I noticed two, Sandhill Cranes just walking along without a care in the world. These birds are usually spooked pretty easily, so I took advantage and got a picture of them. They are so pretty!
It was fun spending the afternoon enjoying nature. I know there won't be too many more of these days left with Autumn right around the corner!
Have a great Monday!
Hugs and Love,