The chrysanthemums are doing great and the bees are loving it. Mums are one of my favorite flowers because they're so easy to grow and they don't need a lot of water.
The sky today was that beautiful deep blue that I only see up here in autumn. The summer sky is almost as blue at this altitude, but not quite. The leaves on the Box Elder tree aren't as pretty as they usually are this time of year. Usually they're all a brilliant yellow, but this autumn only a few are turning while the others are mostly just drying up and dropping off. I'm hoping the dogwoods, maples and oaks put on a better show.
I just got such a fright! I looked up and saw what I thought was smoke drifting by the window. I rushed outside and found it was a heavy, wet fog. The Ponderosa pines are collecting it on their needles, where it drips off and provides 'tree rain' to their shallow roots. Not real rain, but better than nothing. That is one of my pathway lamps above. I was trying to think how to take a picture of fog at night and this is the best I could come up with. It's really dark except for where the lights are.
It was chilly today (yay!) and it actually felt cold when I was outside, so I came back in and made a fire for the kitties. I'm going to have to clear everything off of the hearth except for cat blankets because Merlin takes up just about all the space by himself! Our low for tonight is supposed to be 33, just one degree above freezing. Bliss!