Photo 365 #81

Saturday was an absolutely glorious day, and I just couldn’t resist spending time in my yard taking pictures.  The sky was bluer than blue, the sun was shining bright, and my trees finally figured out that they owed me a little color before Winter claims their remaining leaves.

These are two of my favorite leafy shots, though there were several others.  I hope your weekend was just as beautiful as mine!

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Photo Friday: Haunted

There’s an old hospital in the town I work in.  I’m not sure how long ago it closed, or why, really, because the building now houses a doctor’s office and a home health care agency, but shuttered hospitals never fail to arouse my curiosity (this despite the fact that, for me, there’s something inherently petrifying in the thought of ghostly physicians of yore (thanks, House on Haunted Hill)).


This particular building also hosts a haunted hospital tour each October.  I’ve never been through it, but it does sound fun (though not for Cricket and Thumper, as they’re too little to see the amusement in being terrified).  Tomorrow night is the last night for it this year, and all the proceeds are invested in the community, which makes it fun and beneficial. 🙂

Don’t forget to stop by Charnele’s blog and check out her haunted photo.

Have you ever been through a haunted house?  What was it like?  Would you do it again?

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Photo 365 #77

There was another beautiful sunrise yesterday morning:


Normally I’m not up early enough to see things like this, but when the sun doesn’t come up till after 7:00 a.m., which is roughly when I have to be out of bed if I have any hope of making it to work on time, that makes it a little easier.  And with colors this beautiful, I should perhaps try to make it a habit to rise a bit earlier so I can catch more of them. 🙂

What’s your favorite part of rising early?

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Photo 365 #76

The trees at Pine Lake looked so beautiful Monday on my way home from work that I just had to stop and take their picture:


A friend of mine is lucky to commute through this beautiful area every day.  I think if I had to drive through there every day, I’d be late getting to work and late getting home, and my camera would have even more pictures of pretty trees than it already does. 🙂

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Photo 365 #74

One of the things I love about fall is the profusion of color.  From fiery reds to golden oranges, color abounds.


I found these late blooms among the changing leaves at the courthouse today as I ran errands at work.  I loved these flowers in the spring, when their golden yellow blooms were like little spots of sunshine on a cloudy day, and I couldn’t help thinking of them the same way today.  As beautiful as they are in the spring, when they pop against the deep green of their leaves, they were just as beautiful today against the backdrop of green and gold.

What’s your favorite part of fall?

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Photo 365 #73

We went to another Panther football game yesterday, and it was a lot of fun.  We tailgated in the afternoon before the game, we played a couple games of bean bag toss, and generally had a great time.


Of course, the real reason I go to football games (other than to hang out with great friends) is for the band.  Back in high school, I went to home games because I was in the band.  Now that my marching band days are well behind me, I go simply to enjoy the pregame and halftime performances.  Once a band geek, always a band geek. 🙂

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Photo 365 #71

Yep, it’s another beautiful sunset.  Last night’s sunset was magnificent; I could have watched it all night.


But this morning it was followed by an equally magnificent sunrise, which my hurried picture didn’t do justice:


The sun must be rising a little later, because it was dark when I woke up this morning.  I don’t like waking up before the sun because it’s awfully hard to leave my warm, cozy bed behind for the chilly darkness of early morn.

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Photo Friday: Endings!

endcornWho doesn’t love endings?  Well, okay, if it’s the end of a fantastic book, or if it’s the end of a particularly beloved character (still bitter), or if a relationship is ending, then I don’t like them.  As the great Jane Austen once said, “If a book is well-written, I always find it too short.”

But today’s ending is more in tune with the circle of life.  While it’s true that a circle really has no beginning and has no ending, life does (which makes “the circle of life” something of an oxymoron, doesn’t it?), and now that we’re well into fall, you can see endings everywhere.

Over the summer, my aunt took a picture of the kids standing in front of the corn that grows at the edge of our yard.  She wanted me to get another picture of the boys in front of the corn this fall, but I kept putting it off, and the weather recently didn’t help.

I came home from work one day and discovered that…

Photo 365 #67

It’s rainy, gray, and dismal outside today.  Tomorrow is supposed to be much the same, but colder to boot.  This makes for great writing weather, but otherwise it’s all rather dreary.

On top of that, it’s Monday.  I strongly dislike Mondays, though after watching this cartoon, I have no wish to get rid of them. 😀

Anyway, to counteract all this drabness, I give you this:


Nothing says cheery like a bright blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds.  I may have to set this image as my desktop background in a month or two when winter’s monotone colors threaten to drive me up the wall.

What’s Monday like for you?

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