Friday, October 17, 2014

A Foray into Black and White

By chance, I discovered an Irish blog entitled "This Weekend in Black and White," and decided to participate.  For the past few days, I've seen this black and white cat under the locust tree in my neighbor's small back yard.  The cat doesn't belong to him; we don't know who owns it, but it likes Dan's space.  The rough texture of the tree bark and that rusty iron wheel are are perfect background for  the contented cat.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Project 52 2014 #42

Some years, the colors of fall are especially varied and vibrant.  These jewel-toned leaves are a short distance from my front door, growing in an alley against the  wall of an old shop---I don't even know what's inside, although I've lived here 36 years.  The owner is a homegrown mechanic, always working on some kind of vehicle, generally an old one.  Its location in a residential zone, across the street from a century-old church, is one of those sights relatively typical in small rural towns like ours.  But I digress. The colorful leaves decorate the weathered wood, and make a good choice for my Project 52 photo book.  I'm linking again with Kent Weakley's Project 52  and Sweet Shot Tuesday. 

photo taken with Samsung Galaxy 5

Texture Tuesday {The Last Anemone}

For weeks, I've been amazed at the delicate anemone blooms produced by dried-up bulbs planted in late spring.  Our Zone 5 is too cold for anemones to be grown as a perennial, but I've certainly found something I want to plant again next year for the summer flowers!  Some bulbs produced purple flowers; the rest bloomed white.  This is the last one, tucked in with some white mum blossoms.  The quote is a reminder of a life goal, something that is easy to say but often difficult to do. I'm linking up with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Texture Tuesday {Mums in a Mug}

I'm sure I'm not the only one to buy coffee mugs just to use in photographs; I loved this black and white one when I saw it in the grocery store.  At home, I had a big bunch of white mums---perfect pairing!  I'm linking up with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday and Kristy's Texture Twist.

edited with Topaz Detail and kk_Storm

Project 52 2014 #41

It's October...and it's fall.   Warm days and cold nights.   Many of the trees are turning their autumn colors; I can only hope the cold nights don't get too cold, forcing the leaves to drop before they are fully colored.  Meanwhile, there are reminders....and I'm adding this leaf to Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Home" from a northern viewpoint

I live in a valley...Indian Valley.  I'm not sure of the length or width, but the northern edge is bordered by mountains while the southern edge is a ridge of hills serving as a border between this valley and the huge Grande Ronde Valley.  A recent morning drive allowed me time to photograph some of the scenery "out north," which is the term we tend to use.

Indian Valley from the north end.  Our little town of Elgin is located more to the south and the Grande Ronde River can be traced by the line of trees; the highway crosses the river three times within a 5-mile distance.

My favorite grove of aspens, which I photograph several times each year and each season. 

People often think these are birch trees because of their white bark, but those who know aspens recognize that feature. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Project 52 2014 #40

Gee, only 12 weeks left in this year!  I feel as if I'm sliding downhill...well, I guess I am, metaphorically, in age.  I've chosen an image that is not so unusual in rural areas---rather "Wild West" in nature.   Joining with Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday.