Posted in Utah Corner

Autumn in Northern Utah

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It’s autumn time in the country side. I just want to stay outdoors and soak it all in.

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Time for faded blue jeans, brown boots and my favorite Robin egg sweater.

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Colors abound; Amber waves amid rust, sage, and apricot.

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Wet or crunchy leaves mat the ground, lining up along the road in friendly clumps.

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Various textures mingle together; They charm my senses and quietly beg me to capture the moment.

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I roam my backyard, ever so gratified with my Creator’s orchestration.

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It couldn’t be more perfect, I muse; The natural harmony overwhelms me.

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I am deeply, utterly, passionately… content!

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I think when I return home from my autumn exploration, I’ll curl up on my deck with the cat and a classic book!

♥ Last week while my son was away at a youth conference, and after I had recovered from a rather traumatic root canal (I had to see a specialist because my tooth’s roots were curvy), there was this glorious autumn day beckoning me to “come out and play”.  With no hesitation, I abandoned all housework, tossed my camera bag (tripod and all), into my car, and drove aimlessly around the back streets of my home town. I stopped here and there and every-which-where. I took spontaneous photos of any and everything that delighted me. Which is your favorite? Thanks for reading and visiting my blog. Happy October! ♥

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Posted in Photography Corner

Sunset Wanderings in My Backyard

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One of my favorite things to do in the country is to take a sunset stroll.

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This evening, my daughter meandered with me. We wonder how long this machinery has been resting on this spot?

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As we ambled along, we babbled about any and everything that popped into our noggins.

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Even weeds can be delightful on a country lane in the gloaming.

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As we moseyed back to our homestead, I counted my blessings. I am thankful to be country girl.

♥ Do you ever roam around your neighborhood at the close of day? What sights do you see? ♥

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Horse Pulls

Last week was our little town’s Black & White Days, so named for the Holstein cattle shows dating back to 1912. Apparently, this is the “longest running Holstein cattle show west of the Mississippi”.

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Giving the horses some exercise before competition.
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The sled itself weighs 2,000 lbs.

I didn’t take any photos of the Holstein. Tuesday-Friday held various cattle shows and other judging for 4-H and FFA. The kids and I checked things out in the middle of the week, catching a glimpse of a cattle show on our way to the youth council’s hamburger stand.

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Adding 500 lb. barrels.
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Bringing the horses around to hook them.

Saturday held a full day of events, beginning with a chuck wagon breakfast. There was a fun run, highland games, and several food vendors selling typical fair food- fry bread, corn dogs, deep fried Oreos, caramel corn, and elk burgers? The day wrapped up with a parade, followed by the most popular event, the horse pulls.

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Bringing his horses to a stop, having made the pull.

Aren’t these draft horses beautiful? There were three competitions: light-weight, medium-weight and heavy-weight. There was usually eight competitors per competition.

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My lovely daughters.
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This team did not want to hook!

Competitors came from neighboring states and of course, our own town. In years past, we’ve had competitors from Canada as well.

♥ Have you ever watched a horse pull? Does your town have any annual celebrations? I’d love to hear about it! ♥