There have been some pretty big changes lately. One large change has been in the weather which went from highs in the eighties to the forties…just like that. I was just out a few days ago taking pictures of a surprising mushroom. I say surprising because up to this point it’s been so hot and dry (six inches behind normal) that I could hardly believe a mushroom of this side would be flourishing. I admit this thing may not be as large as the picture suggests but still considering all things it is was quite large. Today I went out hoping I would see something that would cheer me up about the weather change…it was soggy but I love the view so much. Fall isn’t quite as colorful here as it is in some places but I really do have an appreciation for what we do get to enjoy . I would have enjoyed the sound of silence and scenery more without the neighbor’s dog barking at me and Gabby. On the bright side it made me move to different spots for some different views than usual. Soon the irrigation ditch will be empty and there will be no leaves to be seenand white will be the dominating color and it will be much, much colder. For now I have a lot of brown and yellow to see. The tree line will be barren soon so for now I rejoice in what I’ve got. The pond will be mostly water free and what remains will be frozen…so again I rejoice in today’s view. I took a few more pictures as I turned back toward home. I began to think of the value of what I’ve gotand once again I find that the gloom has to make way when I’m grateful to God for all He’s done in the here and now.