It’s Fall in Florida! We Have Fall-colored Leaves Here, Too!

(Last Updated On: November 1, 2022)
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This bottom shot, close-up pic shows the red maple leaves that are all over here. Look at all of those big white seeds ready to drop to make baby trees :)
This bottom shot, close-up pic shows the red maple leaves that are all over here. Look at all of those big white seeds ready to drop to make baby trees 🙂

You know I love to mow.

I needed to mow the back pasture. But I got stopped a million times taking pictures. Pictures of my neighbor’s horses in her pasture. Her 2 minis and donkey were over by the fence again napping under the trees. So out comes my iPhone to take pics. My dog, Emma, is everywhere too.

Chris Dunn's (my neighbor), minis and donkey.
My neighbor Chris Dunn’s minis and donkey.
Donkey and mini are curious if I have a treat.

Then I started taking pictures of the changing leaves. Then the trees and pastures. Everywhere around me. Needless to say, I was out mowing for 2 hours. Normally, it would be 40-60 minutes.

Maple leaves in my pasture.
Maple leaves in my pasture.
Back pasture before I mowed.
Back pasture before I mowed.

Our Flora

The people that originally owned our place planted a bunch of trees. We have a lot of maple trees and popcorn trees. The popcorn trees are considered a scourge in Florida. They multiply a lot. They have ‘popcorn-like’ seeds that drop everywhere.

Ant pile in front pasture that I am letting live (not mowing over it). Just curious!
Ant pile in front pasture that I am letting live (not mowing over it). Just curious!
My Emma. Great Pyrenees x Anatolian Shepherd = Anatolian Pyrenees
My Emma. Great Pyrenees x Anatolian Shepherd = Anatolian Pyrenees lying in shade waiting for me to finish mowing.

I let the 2 back pastures grow this year to see if the wildflowers would produce a blanket of color. Not so much. Too many varieties muddle it up. I cut one of the pastures. It was more like bush hogging. I had to go back over it more than once.

Fall in Florida! Look at those clear, crisp skies.
Fall in Florida! Look at those clear, crisp skies.

Beautiful Dreaming

It’s so beautiful now! This is fall in Florida. Mid 70s. 50s at night. Getting up to low 80s again next week though. North Central Florida gets a cool front in late September/early October but gets hot again in the daytime. Wear layers. I can only wear shorts when I’m mowing in the sun. I need pants the rest of the time. And long sleeves. It’s cold at 70 to me.

Fall tree grouping. It's like a little cave of pine needles. I used to love to find pine needle 'caves' and sit in them when I was young.
Fall tree grouping. It’s like a little cave of pine needles. I used to love to find pine needle ‘caves’ and sit in them when I was young.

Hurricane Ian

Ian pummeled the Florida peninsula overnight Wednesday, September 28, 2022 as a tropical storm. Then it emerged into the Atlantic Ocean at the Florida Space Coast near Orlando, proceeding up the coast to South Carolina, becoming a potential hurricane again.

Some fallen tree limbs from hurricane Ian.
Some fallen tree limbs from hurricane Ian.

Ian brought a cold front with it. I don’t remember having a cold front after a hurricane. It’s always been crazy hot. That’s tough when your electricity is out. It’s always cold enough at night to make the pool water too cold for me to get in it to wash off. Luckily, the electricity usually is only out for a day.

Not Much Here

As usual, Ian didn’t do that much damage here. Mostly the high winds that cleaned the trees of excess branches. A couple of small old trees. Our house is surrounded by trees. I think that’s what’s holding it all together: so many roots from big and small trees. I also have 3 large stands of gorgeous bamboo. Good for privacy. They are outside my bedroom window. I love to see them bend in the wind.

White flowers found in back pasture before mowing.
White flowers found in back pasture before mowing.
Purple flower grouping found in back pasture before mowing. I have a larger group of these growing in front pasture. They are good dried flowers.
Purple flower grouping found in back pasture before mowing. I have a larger group of these growing in front pasture. They are good dried flowers.

There’s standing water everywhere, but a lot less than we’ve had before with other hurricanes and nor’easters. We’ll still be doing backbreaking work cleaning it up.

Our pond at the front of our front pasture. It’s usually dry, but it was full from hurricane Ian.

Emma had never seen the pond full before, so I didn’t know if she would swim in it. Well, she did! Took a couple big towels to dry her off, because she decided to roll in her favorite dirt area. The neighbors a mile away could probably hear me yelling at her “No! No! No!”

Okay mom. Where to next?
Okay, mom. Where to next?

Electricity was off from 8am – 6pm Wednesday, September 28. It hit Ft. Meyers area on September 29. They are just below us in the state. I woke up to no noise in my room. When I sleep, I have a window air conditioner that is on, a loud, noisy air filter, and I listen to sleep music with AirPods/iPhone to drown out outside noises. I also use a magnetic eye mask. I am “ate up with it all.”

Emma watching my neighbor's minis in their pasture.
Emma watching my neighbor’s minis in their pasture.

But really, I’m a night person and insomniac. I sleep till 12 pm when I can. We don’t get up till 9:45 am around here! Even trained my dog to wait. We’re such slugs!

Our back pasture before I mowed it. A Fall Florida day.
Our back pasture before I mowed it. A Fall Florida day.

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