Tuesday

~An Early Autumn Drive~

This fine fellow kept his eyes on me, the entire time I was taking his photo. I have several shots. His eyes moved with me in every single one! Yes, it is a tad creepy. I wonder if he arrived on this planet aboard one of the vehicles seen at the end of this post! That would be quite a story to tell, on chilly Fall nights, around the fire. Autumn is the time of year when tall tales can be heard in every little corner of the countryside.

We'll save the ghostly stories until it grows a little cooler and the frost is on the pumpkin. For now, come along on a drive through beautiful rural Missouri, on this early Autumn day.

Sit back, relax, enjoy!



This is a private covered bridge, crossing a small creek. There is a way to ford the creek, for large trucks.
A northern Lincoln County lane.
Black Walnut Tree branch. I love Black Walnuts in Fudge and Pumpkin Bread.
Walnuts, beneath the tree.






A small Maple showing glorious Autumn color.

Friendly toadstools? Or could they be Flying Saucers?





HAPPY FIRST WEEK OF AUTUMN, 2008!

70 comments:

AnnaSam said...

Thanksfor letting us see how bwautiful a ride is there!Have a blessed day.

Andi said...

What wonderful pictures! I love black walnuts too Pat. My Mom used to make a wonderful walnut honey loaf bread that she used black walnuts in. It was so yummy...she even won a "sweepstakes" ribbon at the county fair when I was a youngster...obviously years ago. I will have to see if I don't have that recipe tucked away somewhere.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous pictures, I really enjoyed the tour.
I live in Fl, so I don’t see the changing of the seasons.
We are the same most of the year.
Blessings, Virginia

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
I always enjoy your photos. Not only are you a talented decorator...but a talented photographer too!
diane

decorator101 said...

Thank you so much for all your kind words about the tablescape over at Susan's betweennapsontheporch... You sure put a smile on my face.... I love your blog..and today was just perfect for a drive in the country...I think I liked the covered bridge the best..Reminds me of The Bridges of Madison County...hugs ~lynne~ aka decorator101 over at RMs

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Must be that time of the year because I noticed tons of toadstools in the fields lately. I have a huge black walnut tree. This year there aren't that many nuts on it but next year it will be loaded. The squirrels just love us. Wonder why? I took lots of photos today of the fields and mown hay that I will post about next week. :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

These are some BEAUTIFUL photos! I love the fall so much...it's just such a short season (especially lately...seems like we go from summer to winter in NJ with a brief fall "interlude.")

Charli and me said...

I love going for drives in the fall. Thank you for taking us along. I can't wait to hear some of your spooky stories

Susie Harris said...

I could just look at your pictures all day! You have an eye for it! Beautiful Miss Pat~

Suzan said...

Really beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful drive you took me on. I love the red barn! I really enjoy living in the country. A drive into town is beautiful any time of the year.
Hugs,
Penny

Lisa said...

You got a picture of a fairy ring. I love it!!! With all the rain, I've been sure we would have one in our yard, so far nada!! I love the barn picture. My aunt makes these great sugar free oatmeal cookie for me that includes black walnuts. Any other time I could care less about them, but they are scrumptious in her cookies.

Shannon said...

Hi! Just found your blog. You have beautiful things: I love your dining room paint color, the pics of the toadstools and your place settings! Gorgeous!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Gorgeous pictures!!!!!!!!!

M ^..^

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi Pat...Your photo tour was so enjoyable...and shows beauty can be found any and every where. ;-) Bo

The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

Fun pictures!

Happy Fall to you, too!

Sheila

niartist said...

What a beautiful drive! I'm so glad I could come along! Your pictures are so detailed, and the subjects you choose are just so artistic. I don't know if you have been a photographer for years or not - but you certainly have a gift for it!

Wendy said...

You take such beautiful pictures Pat!! You captured the first signs of Autumn so beautifully. Thanks for sharing your love of photography with us! Have a wonderful night!~Wendy

Inspired Kara said...

What a beautiful post! I love the barn...brings a smile to my face.

Nancy said...

Beautiful Pictures!!!! I always enjoy your decorating and photography!! Nancy

Rose Mary said...

What a pretty drive you had! Love the toadstools~they can be so interesting. Last year we had some HUGE ones in the back yard growing on a cedar stump. Black walnuts are so good~I hope we have a good crop this year.

R~Mary

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

That mushroom "path"! So purposeful!

Beautiful pix!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I enjoyed the ride today. When I saw the big 2 story house I thought "Tara "

Kat said...

Pat...I love a ghost story!! I wanna cuddle up on the porch and hear you spin a tale full of Blarney. Im glad to see you and J are keeping busy. I hope the beautiful sights kept you from worrying.
I enjoyed the drive very much. Your skill with a camera awes me.

Susan said...

Gorgeous Tour of fall folliage! Thanks for taking us along.

Southern Lady said...

Pat, I enjoyed starting my day with your drive in the country. Your beautiful photos are magazine-worthy, as well as your elegant home and gardens.

Sincerely,

Janie

Junebug said...

My dad's favorite ice cream was black walnut.

Anonymous said...

PAT- RICHARD HERE FROM CLARKSVILLE. FLOOD OVER- ALL IS WELL. HOUSE SAVED- YARD A MESS. ANY HOW WE ARE HAVING APPLEFEST IN CLARKSVILLE, OCT. 11 AND 12. MY OLD HOUSE FROM 1845 WITH THE BIRDS ON THE ROOF WILL BE ON TOUR. ALSO THAT IS THE DAY OF THE GRAND OPENING OF MY NEW SHOP THERE. ROSE COTTAGE ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE HOME. PLEASE PLAN A TRIP. I THINK YOU WOULD ENJOY THE DAY. I ENJOY YOUR BLOG- ESPECIALLY SCENES FROM RURAL MO.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I enjoyed your Autumn drive. Beautiful scenery. Jackie

Beverly said...

Pat, I always have a wonderful time on my little trips with you. Your pictures are enchanting.

My mother loves black walnuts, too.

Nnairda's said...

Great picture show! Makes me want to go out and take pictures of Autumn in Alabama.

Adriann

Suzanne said...

Beautiful photos Pat. I love the trail of mushrooms photo! Happy Autumn!

Mrs. B said...

Everything is beautiful! I just love autumn! Those old houses and barns are great. Hope you are enjoying the season so far!

Deb said...

Beautiful Pat! I love that covered bridge and red barn. I hope you and J enjoyed that time out. I'm really enjoying the cooler weather although it's not as cool as I would like. I hoping for hot hot weather so I can stand under the bucket at our local amusement and water park one last time this weekend. Deb

Pat said...

I enjoyed going on the drive with you on your blog today very much Pat! Beautful sights!

Love your new blog design too.

Hugs, Pat in NY

Catherine Holman said...

Thanks for taking us on your drive. Missouri is beautiful this time of year.
Hugs,
Cathie

Picket said...

Hey girl..beautiful pics & I loved the old Farm Houses! Thanks for giving us a grand tour..hope you are having a great week!

Tamara Jansen said...

What a beautiful area!

Deserae said...

Such gorgeous photos....I really enjoyed the ride :o) Your dining room looks fabulous! I love,love,love the new wall color and your table and chairs are gorgeous! The chair slipcovers are divine...the whole room is for that matter!!!!!!
~Des

Jessica said...

Your pictures are so beautiful! Mushrooms...who would ever think to photograph them...so pretty!

Baby Vagabond said...

Yummy.....black Walnuts! Beautiful countryside photos! The toadstools look like they were sprinkled around by fairies :-)

((hugs)) Rosie

Sandi McBride said...

The houses, the barns the flowers the belfreys, but of them all I loved the preying mantis best of all...
hugs
Sandi

Soov said...

It's rather slow at work today so I enjoyed my autumn drive with you. Thank you for that. :)

Jen said...

I just love drives like this. With gas prices so high Scott wont do it anymore with me....so I love thru your pictures...

Rose said...

Pat - you, m'dear, are such a gift! I imagine your heart is made of a super-stretchy material because it seems to have no limits. :) You are always so kind to stop and take photos that you think will be enjoyed not just by yourself, but by those who come to visit! I don't know if I'll ever make it to your part of the country in this lifetime, so I take total delight in viewing your area through your lens. Thank you!

sheila from life @ #17 said...

oh my word...I love the mushroom/toadstool photos...they look like they've just decided to pick up and go some place warmer for the winter so they're heading off!

I truly love those...they'd be great matted together in a long vertical frame...

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

what gorgeous pics...those toadstools, I've never seen anything like themthe Maple is wonderful

I enjoyed the tour as here in Australia we just don't get such a diverse season change and I miss that from my time in England, especially Fall and Spring

Sarah

Brenda said...

Love the photos.The colors are so pretty,but I will say those bugs are creepy. Aren't they called spit devils?

Linda said...

Hi Pat, wonderful pictures.
I enjoyed catching up...your new dinning room furniture is gorgeous and I enjoyed your list of favorite things about Fall. I bet it is just beautiful at the lake. Hugs, Linda

The Brenda Blog said...

Oh, be still my heart! I am in love with your barn photos!
Brenda

Lisa said...

I love all these wonderful pictures. Just beautiful and peaceful looking.

nikkicrumpet said...

I think my blood pressure just lowered considerable just enjoying that little tour. What beautiful pictures!

farmhouse wares said...

I didn't want the journey to end. Beautiful, calming photos.

bj said...

You live in such a beutiful part of the country...thanks so much for sharing it with me out here in West Texas.

dana said...

Pat, your photos are wonderful---I love seeing our Missouri treasures through your eyes! Tremendous job!

Kacey said...

Wow, what wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your world there. It's like going on a walk with a friend.

Holly said...

I don't know what it is about toadstools but I have adored them since I was a child! I loved the photos of them.

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
What a great drive. You live in such a great place.
Have a beautiful Autumn weekend.
Rosemary

Debbie Egizio said...

What lovely pictures as always. Those mushrooms or.....flying saucers are so wonderfully whimsical. Isn't nature great!

Mary said...

Lovely country scenes Pat - enjoy your time at the lake in the Autumn air and colors.

Appreciate you stopping by to wish me a good trip. Leaving Wed. Fly to London then on to Toulouse -about 1-1/2 hr. drive from my family's village. Hope to post now and then with some pics of Autumn in the Minervois area, and on our 5 day trip to Provence.
Will have just a day in London on the return journey.

You and J take care and have fun.
Hugs - Mary.

jeanne said...

Pat, your country pics are wonderful. I had to check them all out twice. The mushrooms do look like flying saucers. Delightful.

I do love Zinnias and I think it is because my mother always planted them from seed all across the front of her house. Then she cut them for fresh flowers all summer long. She loved fresh flowers in her house. So did her mother. Back then on the farm a flower garden was always huge. Lots of beautiful flowers in the farm house. Thus my love of Zinnias.

Hugs, Jeanne

auntpittypat said...

Thanks for taking me on a drive thru the beautiful Missouri countryside. I loved your pictures and could feel like I was in the car with you.

We have some beautiful trees with their fall coats on. It has been awfully so don't think the leaves will stay on the trees long.

Love to you both!

bj said...

Thanks for letting me know about Paul Newman. I always liked him so much...and those fabulous blue eyes were magnificent. Bless his heart...in his 80's and so sick with cancer..he is at rest now.
Thanks again, Pat...

Rhondi said...

Hi Pat
Thanks for taking us along with you. Your photos are beautiful. I like your banner too. Is it new?
Hugs, Rhondi

Susie Q said...

Just glorious photos Pat. Fall is my favorite time of year and nothing beats a drive in the country. Especially at this colorful and swet time of year! Thank you for takinbg us along for the ride!

Love,
Sue

Q said...

Dear Pat,
Lovely drive!
Missouri is a beautiful state.
Thank you.
Happy autumn,
Sherry

Brenda said...

Im so glad you came along and glad J was able to be with you. I wished we had more tings like this here.it just feels great to get out like this.

Joy said...

what nice pictures! Did you get any flooding out in your area a couple of weeks ago?

Amber said...

Thanks for the tour! Even the hints of the fall leaves makes me miss "home." We don't have colorful fall leaves here in Texas! Some of those homes are just gorgeous. And Wow! Those are some giant toadstools!

justabeachkat said...

Hi Pat

Remember me? Life has been sooooo C-R-A-Z-Y lately...but a good kind of crazy, so I can't complain even though it has kept me from visiting. But...I'm home now...for a week or so anyway.

I won't comment on each one but I've had so much fun reading all your posts I've missed. And your photos! Oh My!

Hugs!
Kat