Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ride the Rails SkyWatch Friday

This time of the year you just have to take your camera every where. The sun has been shining on the trees and our moody Michigan sky has been working together to make this one of the most gorgeous fall seasons that I can remember. A great reminder of who is in charge and what miracles he can perform.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Weeping Willow Watery Wednesday

Even the Willow trees over the river have put on their fall colors. I kind of liked this plain picture because of the contrast with the cool blues of the water and the warm yellows of the tree leaves. Enjoy. Check out other beautiful water pictures from around the world by click on the WateryWednesday picture on the right.

Monday, October 26, 2009

On the Street Where I Live MyWorld

I took this picture last week on a very gloomy day. The leaves have already started to drop. We are fortunate that a few people in our area have taken the time and paid the expense to keep these old buildings (house and barn) in good repair. Please be sure to visit other locations around the world by clicking on the MyWorld badge at the right. Enjoy.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Night Time on the River

Here is a totally different picture for me. Taken after dark with a tripod. One of my favorite places. A board walk along the St. John river with spanish moss hanging from the tree. I had to remove the blue cast, and increase the contrast. I cropped it really tight and removed some distracting lights in the background. I don't know where to go from here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wild Grass --- SkyWatch Friday

The sun was hitting this wild grass along the rode as we were driving around looking for fall colors. No reds or yellow - but still pretty. Check out the other SkyWatch Friday entries from around the world by clicking on the badge to the right.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

On the Street Where I Lived ------- Outdoor Wednesday

This is a memory picture for me. I grew up on a small farm in rural southern Michigan. We lived on a gravel road. Some things change and some things don't. This is our neighbor's house. The road is still gravel and the house is still owned by the same family. It still looks the same. I wanted to capture the feeling of fall. The corn is ready to harvest, the trees are in their fall colors and the sky was beautiful. Life is good........

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Roll Out the Red Carpet - MyWorld Tuesday

Two confessions: I don't have any idea whose house this is. The huge red maple tree shedding it's leaves caught my attention. Next: The leaves were so red I didn't even adjust the saturation or vibrancy. Enjoy. To view MyWorld from around the world - click on the picture at the right. Have a great day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Reflections of Fall Mello Yellow

Yes, fall is in the air. We finally got a frost which killed all of our tender summer flowers. Southern Michigan is very beautiful this week. This is actually a reflection in the windows at the Power Center on the campus at the University of Michigan. Enjoy

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Field of Gold SkyWatch - Friday

I have been watching a local field of soybeans, waiting for it to put on it's fall colors so that I could capture this old abandoned barn. Everything came together when the cloud formation seemed to be pointing at the barn. Have a great weekend.

Maze & Blue

This is just a nonsensical fun picture. I couldn't resist - where else would you find a "maze & blue" fire hydrant but in Ann Arbor. What really makes this funny (at least to me) is that it was in the front yard of a veterinary clinic - a prop for dogs to use before they went inside to visit the doctor.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Field Spider

This clever piece of art caught my eye and made me smile. We had to turn around to snap a pic. This is another piece of art made from a round bale of hay. The center bale is about 5 feet in diameter and the legs are field tile. The facial features are pumpkins and gords.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The End of the Season MyWorld

These wheels are waiting for somebody to load their golf clubs and enjoy the few remaining good weather days for golfing. I was first attracted to this location because of the sunrise being reflected in the window, but then noticed the interesting pattern created with these wheels. To see other sights from around the world click on MyWord at the right. Enjoy!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Prickley Monday

Monday already. Sometimes I feel prickly on Monday - because it is the beginning of the week and I have to get thru 5 days until the weekend. So many things to do - so much to be done. I found this huge pricker plant on the ground while I was looking for some fall color pictures. I guess it pays to look down sometimes. We had our first frost yesterday, so things will start looking different. I like patterns in nature and this plant was interesting because of the way it radiated out from the center. I increased the contrast a bit and darkened the edges. It's just a fun ordinary picture!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Demon Drop SkyWatch Friday

Another picture from the Hillsdale fair last week. It goes with last week's picture. This is not for me....... the most pleasing ride for me is the Merry-Go-Round. Check out the other SkyWatch pictures by clicking on the badge on the right side of this blog. Have a great weekend.

Ready for Market

The next county over from us has very rich black soil and many truck farms. This view caught my attention because of the perspective rows - they appear to lead your eye toward the horizon and the moody sky. I also like the way the leaves were being backlit - the light made them glow. Last night the temperature was in the mid 30's (F) - I hope they got these to out of the field and to the market in time.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hay You !

Actually these are straw bales (not hay) put together by some creative farmer to celebrate fall. It's hard to get this work of art into perspective unless you realize that this creation is made up of giant bales of straw crafted into this unique design. The bale that consists of his body (with the orange wrap) is about 5 feet tall, and the round bale of his chest is about 6 feet in diameter. Enjoy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Inside MyWorld

I pass this farm on the way to work every day. This farm is kind of interesting in that the farm has belonged to the same family for over 100 years. They are proud of this fact, and have put their family name in neon lights on the silo. Enjoy.

Butterfly and Mello Yellow

It's hard to believe that it was only 2 weeks ago that I took this picture at the Irish Hills festival. They had an outdoor butterfly exhibit. You could actually go inside and feed the butterflies. Of course I had to wait my turn in line and then I had to patiently wait for the kids to finish, but I think it was worth it.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Riding High Sky Watch Friday

Another picture at the fair - taken after dark. For more Sky Watch pictures click on the badge at the right. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Last Fair of the Year in Michigan

Hillsdale Fair marks the end of the fair season in Michigan and the beginning of fall. I liked this picture of the fair because it shows two of the activities at a fair - the fair food (which really gets my taste buds going - can't you just smell the fried onions, corn dogs, and elephant ears) and the grandstands where you can see everything from horse racing, demolition derby, tractor pull and music concerts.