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It’s been a busy fall following an even busier summer, but things are settling down a bit, even as I start preparing for the Christmas Eve service at my church. It’s nice to have a more manageable work schedule; Tim and I are trying to hike more, read more, and have friends over once a week. We also got to visit our brand-new niece, Lexi, in Ohio, and went hiking in the beautiful Hocking Hills State Park! The following photos are a mixture of Hocking Hills’ beautiful rock formations and some late-fall beauty closer to home.

Intertwined roots (Hocking Hills)

Intertwined roots (Hocking Hills)

Tim and me

Tim and me

Root cascade

Root cascade

Under an overhang, looking up

Under an overhang, looking up

Ash Cave

Ash Cave

View from inside Ash Cave

View from inside Ash Cave

Milkweed fluff (Vermont)

Milkweed fluff (Vermont)

Milkweed fluffball

Milkweed fluffball

Milkweed fluff in the wind

Milkweed fluff in the wind

Apples--bumper crop

Apples–bumper crop

Self-portrait in orchard

Self-portrait in orchard

And a more domestic scene:

"Are cats aloof and independent compared to dogs?" Chunks reading Barbara King's "Being With Animals"

“Are cats aloof and independent compared to dogs?” Chunks reading Barbara King’s “Being With Animals”

What’s happening in your neck of the woods these days?

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