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Random Thoughts Thursday: Snow Go

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!

This week’s edition: Snow Go

  • So the forecasters in my area promised a foot of snow or more.
  • We got, like, 3 inches, maybe, of the fluffy kind that looks like instant mashed potatoes.
  • I should have sprinkled water on them to see if they were in fact spudly-goodness.
  • Mashed potatoes are one of the world’s most perfect foods.
  • Of course, this is coming from a woman who had macaroni and cheese and mixed vegetables for dinner last night.
  • The night before that, I had potato chips.
  • Potato chips = crunchy mashed potatoes.
  • I would have eaten the bag ~ I was starving because I had been in some sort of work-induced coma, only emerging after 13 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, then another 6 hours of work.
  • I felt like I had been gone for days.
  • I never left my desk, though, as my back reminds me every few minutes when I have to change sitting positions.
  • At least my back isn’t hurting from shoveling snow: a) the neighbor with the snowblower got rid of the teeny nuisance we had; and b) he could have just blown on the ground really hard and it would have dispersed.
  • Speaking of dispersing, I must, as the second definition of that word says, go in a different direction and do other things while you continue to read here.
  • I’ll be back on Tuesday next week. Unlike meteorologists, I know I’m 100% accurate in that prediction.
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Random Thoughts Thursday: Pretty Pictures

They’re Random! They’re Thoughts! It’s Thursday!
Today’s edition: Pretty Pictures, with some words, of course.

Click on the pictures in the post to make them bigger. True story!

I went walking through the woods one day,
Though the skies were full of rain and gray…
Park Jan 15 2It seems I scared the fog away…. see it running in the distance there?
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Is it just me or is this tree on the ‘C’ of “YMCA”?
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The trees are soooo tall and I am soooo small…..
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Posted in Photography, Randomy Goodness, Reflective

Autumn: The Denouement

Driving around this weekend, it became clear that Autumn is just about over. Sure, there are a few hangers-on, late-bloomers (or, more accurately, late-true-color-revealers), but they will lose their leaves in the next rainstorm or afternoon of gusty winds. I’ll continue to wander and take pictures, but they’ll be of Winter’s beauty. The seasons are changing.

Autumn, I appreciate the beauty of it all ~ from green, to true colors, to half-covered, to bare. Now, the limbs will reach to the sky in all their starkness until Spring returns again. For months, they’ll stand with the strength beneath their beauty exposed. (Bonus: it makes it easier to see the river along scenic winding roads).

Thanks, Autumn, for your artful beauty this year. Until next time….

(Click the photos to make them bigger.)

Peek-a-boo farm.
Peek-a-boo farm.
Golden yellow and green on the farm.
Golden yellow and green on the farm.
Towering trees.
Towering trees.

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Peek-a-boo. Just a shadow of myself.
Peek-a-boo. Just a shadow of myself.
The End.
The End.
The first snow(ish). Seasons mix and mingle.
The first snow(ish). Seasons mix and mingle.

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Previous Autumn photos can be found in these posts:
Pretty as six pictures
Carpe Autumn
Leaf Peeping
Penultimate Autumn Post

OR! Visit my Pictures! page and see a slideshow of all the images I’ve shared this Autumn.

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Penultimate Autumn Post

I figure this past weekend is the next to last with truly vibrant color. The bare branches outnumber those with clinging color. One more week or so and the season’s show will just about be over.

(Click each photo to view it larger.)
 
These clouds reminded me of Bob Ross paintings. Titanium white.
Happy streaky clouds in the blue sky.

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Orange almost overtakes the green. Soon, all the color will STOP.
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Red, and orange, and evergreen…
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I’ll venture out every chance I can this week to catch the final falling leaves of the season. It’s been a beautiful Autumn, changing minute by minute, some of which I was lucky enough to capture forever.
 
 
Previous Autumn photos can be found in these posts:
Pretty as six pictures
Carpe Autumn
Leaf Peeping

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Pretty as six pictures

More leaf porn. I love Autumn!

The sun was shining bright as I started my walk at Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Delaware River.

Such bright color!

Bright blue skies with happy clouds behind the beautiful colors of the season.
Bright blue skies with happy clouds behind the beautiful colors of the season.

But some trees are almost bare. The oranges and reds will fade to browns and then to bare limbs.

The leaning tree, reaching for the river?
The leaning tree, reaching for the river?

Don’t tell the yellows and browns, but….

I love the oranges and reds the best.
I love the oranges and reds the best.

The sun decided to hide for a bit…

Started to cloud up, but still a nice day for a walk.
Started to cloud up, but still a nice day for a walk.

A couple days later, another walk, another body of water ~ this time the Delaware & Raritan canal in Titusville, New Jersey.

I snap ’em where I find ’em.

A little friend found on a wooden bridge that crosses the canal.
A little friend found on a wooden bridge that crosses the canal.

I could walk in places like this all day long.

Goose friends along the path. I stopped to take a gander... a gander.... hahahaha.
Goose friends along the path. I stopped to take a gander… a gander…. hahahaha.

If it’s Autumn in your world, I hope it’s as lovely as this. Whatever it is, wherever you are, I wish you peace, love, and light.

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Carpe Autumn

I do what I have to do and then I’m out… outside with my camera. So many nice days — not too warm, not too chilly. A wee bit windy, so I can have the car windows down and the wind blows through, tossing my hair all around. With all that air in my hair, I know now what it feels like to be Beyonce.

This week and next are the peak for the leaves changing colors ’round these parts so today, a photo post! Next week: ditto. It’s like everybody’s pics at the pumpkin patch this time of year, you know, minus the pumpkins and the kids.

My favorite weather event is snow, but I do declare, my favorite season is Autumn. I’m wearing long sleeves, but I don’t need a coat yet. The colors of the trees change overnight and the same drives never look the same twice. Falling leaves look a little like snow as they float down, down, down.

And there are so many purty sights to see. (Click each photo to make ’em bigger.)

The clouds were being funky in the early evening of Oct. 24.
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THEN! It looked like the sky was on fire during sunset the same night.
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On Oct. 25, I spent some time in one of my favorite parks. I saw pretty reds and oranges finally emerging and I scrunched my way through lots of browns and yellows already on the ground. *CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH* I LOVE that sound!
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Whilst in the park, I saw this little guy chillaxin’ under a tree.
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On this last one, I know, the sun is blinding, but I wanted to attempt to capture it because, in person, the road looked orange. Now, I’ll remember. Oh, and while I was taking this photo, a lovely couple drove by and slowed to make sure I was OK. Sure, peeps. I’m just a weirdo parked on the side of the road with my blinkers on so I can take pics of an empty back road. But thanks for asking, nice people!
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Oh, the lovely sights of the most awesome season. Who knows what images I’ll capture during this week’s adventures. Good thing I planned my work around the nice days. Hey, this only happens once a year. You have to get it before it’s gone.

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To see last week’s photos, click here.

Posted in Photography, Reflective

Nature calls

Sometimes, the words need to stop and let silence reign. Sometimes, solitude and spending time in nature is just what I need to refill the well, to rediscover balance and peace.

Today was that kind of day. Work will be there tomorrow. And now my mind is clearer and ready to tackle new challenges.

Breathe and reboot. Ahhhh.

(Click on each photo to view it larger)

Some colors gone; others not yet revealed. More visits needed this week and next.
Some colors gone; others not yet revealed. More visits needed this week and next.
This lake shore will do until I see the ocean again soon.
This lake shore will do until I see the ocean again soon.
Awww.Heart-shaped leaf.
Awww.Heart-shaped leaf.
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Orange you glad it’s May?

cones 4 for headerIt’s the First of the Month! Yes, I usually do Random Thoughts Thursday on Thursday, but it’s the First of the Month! A new fun lil’ thingy here on DSF. I’ll write a lil’ post about the month of which it is the first and include The Photo of the Month. Exciting! I was going to tweet it with the hashtag #FOTM (the techy kids LOVE acronyms that don’t spell anything!). But there’s a hashtag for #FirstOfTheMonth. Cool!

So it’s May, but it feels like February — serious amounts of rain and a chill. I wore a sweater yesterday. A SWEATER. But I’m sure it’s just Winter’s last gasp. Needy Winter will go away again in a couple of days (I hope).

May means we’re officially entering The Orange Season: orange water ice, orange sorbet, orangesicles, and, of course, orange people at the beach (self-tanned or naturally baked).

Oh, to enjoy (hopefully) a slew of sunny Spring days prior to the arrival of Hot and Sweaty season! With the brightness and warmth, I can type away outside in various locations. Hope I don’t get sand in my laptop!

What’s YOUR favorite orange treat? Looking forward to a beach trip (or 20)? Perfect beach days will be here before we know it! It won’t be all sunshine — of course, there will be challenges. After all, it’s orange season, and we all know the REAL reason why that’s so:

With the Winter we had and the potholes that can swallow cars, these will be EVERYWHERE, even more than usual. Le Sigh.
With the Winter we had and the potholes that can swallow cars, these will be EVERYWHERE, even more than usual. Le Sigh.

Orange you glad it’s Spring?