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Sept. 1, 2022

This is this year's sweet corn harvest.  It is now wrapped and parceled out to a few friends, and primarily frozen wrapped individually in reused aluminum foil for a treat through the winter.
 It was a challenging season, with coldest spring on record resulting in a lot of the seeds molding before sprouting.  Up to half of the crop was lost, but we're grateful for what made it...

Sept. 3
Butterfly on one of our dahlias...


Sept. 4
I got invited to record a possibly final bluegrass concert for a local band last weekend.  After a week I got the videos editing and posted to Youtube: http:/www.sondahl.com/kpb.html  
is the webpage I created to go with it...



Sept. 9th.  At this time of year goldfinches, nuthatches, and chickadees are still around feeding and bathing in our back yard.  We have a patch of self seeding chicory (which is fairly common as a weed along highways).   The blue flowers are pretty, but the leaves are like a giant dandelion, and it looks pretty ragged.  Anyway, it turns out the goldfinches love the seeds:
Goldfinches feeding on our chicory seeds

Here's a dragonfly on chokecherries, from a bike ride up Brickel Creek I took today (17 miles round trip)



Sept. 11
The wildfire smoke is back, from 1700 acre fires nearby or larger ones in Oregon and Washington...   This photo shows the smoggy sky near dawn as mist rises up from the mill pond to meet it...



Sept. 18
Earlier this summer, our two year old granddaughter did some path choosing on a walk near Farragut State Park.  It led to a concrete but very organic looking pool on a tiny creek...
I wasn't on that walk, but we went there with friends yesterday, and here are two photos:





Sept 22
We got a local getaway yesterday, to an area north of Clark Fork we've explored before...  23,000 steps later, here are the photos...

We were fairly high, so skinny alpine firs predominated, some festooned with old man's beard moss...


As we approached Lake Darling, the ground appeared to have a lot of grass hoppers.  But a closer look yielded these tiny frogs


This is Lake Darling, which, on the two mile walk back the the car, brought up the issue of why some lakes are Lake  ____ and others are  _____Lake.  Like nobody calls Spirit Lake-- Lake Spirit,  or Lake Superior --Superior Lake.  Lake Darling was near Moose Lake, and no one would call it Lake Moose...


 This is a telephoto close up of the mountain behind the lake.  The gray patches are broken rock, or talus, slopes.\


Next we returned to Char Falls, whose old wood sign was replaced with a plastic Forest Service brown fence post that said THEFALLS reading down it.
The falls itself was hard to photograph due to the lovely sunshine, as it also dappled these pools leading toward the falls.  


A new falls for me was Wellington Falls, a 45 minute walk down an unmarked logging road and a scramble along a steep hill  required to get this viewpoint.  The light was fading but that
added to the artistic blurring of the falls.  by September the falls are all shadows of their spring glory, but still lovely.  


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This is a closeup of the upper falls...

books read
Currently enjoying:
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers Book 1) by Becky Chambers.  Good universe building and character development...
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