It’s beginning to look like fall here at Wild Ozark

Yesterday it really felt like fall, and it does again today, too. It was almost 40*F this morning.

I took a few photos yesterday, but was in a hurry to get somewhere so didn’t bring the monopod and the quality isn’t great. It seems I can’t hold the camera steady enough to get really clear shots. But you can still see how fall-like it’s beginning to look like fall here at Wild Ozark!

Fal color is beginning in the Ozarks

The setting sun illuminated these trees on the hillsides, really showing up the beginning color.
The setting sun illuminated these trees on the hillsides, really showing up the beginning color.

As I was driving slowly down the county road, I spotted this gigantic hornet’s nest about three feet off of the ground. They say that the distance of the nest from the ground is an indication of how deep the snow will be in winter. We have a nest near the house that’s twenty feet off the ground, though, so I’m not sure how much credence to give this saying!

Gigantic hornet's nest along the county road near Wild Ozark.

I missed writing/sketching my Nature Journal entry yesterday, but took a couple of photos I intend to use for it later this morning. So I’ll have to do two entries today to catch up.

Other projects I’ve been working on include the “My Nature Journal” book with blank pages for others to begin nature journals of their own. I’ll have these to sell at the booth, and they’ll also be available at Amazon and our online shop. I’ve included a few pages from my own journal to help inspire new nature journalists.

Full cover for the "My Nature Journal" book in the works. Look for it at Amazon on Oct. 5.
Full cover for the “My Nature Journal” book in the works. Look for it at Amazon on Oct. 5.

And it’s past time for me to begin working on the October Wild Ozark newsletter. I’m a bit behind on that but should get it done within a week or so.

I’ll be at the market Tuesday if all goes as planned, with books and balms again. I hope to see you there!

First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

Nature Farming

Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.

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