MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: LET’S PLAY LEAF FROG

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

LET’S PLAY LEAF FROG

Four of us (my Dragon and Ron’s Dragon) took a nice short hike at Frozen Head State Park yesterday. Ron and I got several nice shots with beautiful fall colors in them. The last two are Ron's (click on them to enlarge)…aren’t they great with all those rich colors reflecting in water!

The first one was taken after Neena thought she saw a frog along the path. Since it was in the 40’s she couldn’t understand what this frog was doing out. On closer inspection she realized it was really a leaf that resembled a big green frog!

The panorama was taken on the road leading past the Brushy Mountain Correctional Facility to Frozen Head. This is such a beautiful area and just about 10 miles from my house. They call this area “God’s Country” around here, but it’s really just Morgan County near Wartburg, Tennessee.

Why is it they always call places where sunlight is piped in and moonshine out “God’s Country?” It must have something to do with the isolation and the surrounding nature. It is pretty, but I’m satisfied to live 10 miles down the road.

We have been totally surprised at the fall colors this year. We are still over a foot behind in annual rainfall, and I expected the color to either be burnt off by the drought or by arson by now! There is always some idiot lurking around with a “jones” for wildfire when the forests get this dry. Well, it ain’t over yet!

We, well, I am glad the cool weather has finally arrived. After the hike and the feast at the local Mexican restaurant yesterday, I took the couch throw out on the back porch and took a nap. It was cold, but only my nose was exposed. Soon, both Baylee and I were snoring away!

Of course Judy was toasty on the couch with Dr. Phil lecturing in the background.

Ah, retirement…still highly under-rated!

More shots a Mushy's Flickr!

13 comments:

pat houseworth said...

If we could only be blessed with one season, I would vote for Fall in a heart beat.........

Kevin said...

Watching the seasons turn like that must be a treat. I'll bet it never gets old.

BRUNO said...

You're lucky to still have such an "un-improved, non-developed" area within a ten-minute drive! These sort of areas are being paved-over, and built upon more and more each season.

Sounded kinda like a "tree-hugger", didn't I? Guess it's because I still have a big patch of MY OWN trees to hug, yet!

I'm actually VERY jealous of you! Wish I could walk distance like that again! But, that's why I kept one of my old tractors around, gives me all the leg-stretches, and upper-body workouts I need, herdin' it around the fields...!

*Goddess* said...

40's? Yikes. BTW, it's going to be in the 50's here next week...LOL! Now I see why my sister has a hard time packing when she comes up from the Carolinas. One day it's freezing and snowing, the next it's in the 50's.

The last three pics are really gorgeous.

david mcmahon said...

Lovely shots, mellow post and - oh, man, what a great headline/ post title.

Hammer said...

Damn that is gorgeous country. I've got to make a trip to that part of the country.

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Dr.Phil? MY Dr. Phil?? Tell Judy to keep her mitts off - he's mine, 'ya hear? Have to admire her taste, though..

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Beautiful shots and idyllic images, as usual. That place was beautiful in August when you drove me out there.

And that does look like a frog. Hilarious.

Olga, the Traveling Bra said...

Wow - beyoootiful photos! I would love to see yer neck of the woods sometime Mushy! ;)

Suldog said...

Autumn is easily my favorite season. I love those shots of the water with the blue skies reflected. Lovely!

Lin said...

Those leaves int he water shots are just gorgeous! Not sure if I am more envious of your leaves or your WATER!!!! I'm gonna have to start rain-dancing or something to catch up.

Mushy said...

Actually, that is the lowest I've ever seen the water in that creek. It's awfully dry here...I wonder what happened to all the aquatic life this system used to support. Surely everything will survive.

phlegmfatale said...

more bewitchingly lovely photos from your neck of the woods - thanks! Love the leaf frog, too -clever!