NC Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins, leaves turning colors, and more pumpkins. Fall is a wonderful, cozy time of year. And let’s not forget SEC football (who knows what this year’s fall season will look like).

Go VOLS! The University of Tennessee, Neyland Stadium

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In Miami’s sub-tropical weather spring is barely noticeable, that is until you hit the summer heat. Coming to the mountains in the spring is like a right of passage for us. I think my favorite sign, is the beautiful peonies that are gone way too soon.  

Other indications are sightings of baby animals (groundhogs here), the first bird nests and hatchlings, elegant blooms such as iris and clematis, and the return of hummingbirds. The featured image I selected is soft, but I like the painting-like quality of the bird in flight.

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I am super behind on this month’s seasonal photo challenges, but I figure better late than never. Nothing says summer to me like the lifeguard stands on Miami Beach, among my most favorite photo subjects. Sunny or cloudy it’s great to just people and wave-watch. I love to walk along the “boardwalk” with a camera in hand. I have boardwalk in quotes because part is paved.

Of course, we are missing all this right now . . .

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Living on the coast most of the year, I have a fair number of boat-related shots. This is a random selection of some of my favorite pics.

Beachside fun on the Costa Brava in Blanes, Spain.

The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI, just after I slipped and fell in the saltwater with my Nikon. Needless to say, this was taken with my iPhone, which thankfully survived.

Colorful fishing boats in Cannes, France.

Celebrity cruising Alaska’s Tracy Arm Fjord. When will we get to do this again?

Flower of the Day: Lilies

On a quiet Sunday – pretty lilies from our daughter’s new garden.

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Classic Cars Under the Sun

Finally, I have somewhere to post a couple of car pics! I don’t know why I love these old cars so much . . . nostalgia for my childhood, or because of the wonderful colors and streamlined features? In any case, seeing them always makes me feel good. Notice the Camaguey (Cuba) tag on the melon-colored Pontiac. 

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Our favorite wildlife sightings are Black Bears – usually, the yearlings that are so recently on their own they wander where they shouldn’t be, at times they shouldn’t. This little guy visited us one morning a couple of years ago and I shot this pic through the window. So far, this year’s visitors have been at night, protected by momma!

It’s great to take road trips around the USA and look for the quirky and unusual. I often rely on the app RoadsideAmerica to keep us entertained with trivia-Americana and alerts to unusual finds along the way. Even on those long roads to nowhere, it’s amazing what secrets are hidden off the next exit or slightly off the beaten path.  Here are a couple of my favorite surprises.

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The Corn Palace | Mitchell, South Dakota

Considered a folk-art wonder, the world’s only Corn Palace attracts half a million visitors a year (who knew)! A smaller version was built in 1892, and the tradition has continued ever since, culminating in a fall festival in late August. Utilizing 12 different colors of corn they completely redecorate the facade with a unique theme annually. Yes, there is even a Corn-Cam.

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Wisconsin Road Art | A picture’s worth 1000 words

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The House of Mugs | Collettsville, North Carolina

If you visit, it’s free, and mugs are welcome.

The House of Mugs, located in Collettsville, NC

 

Celebrate the USA

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As a country we are complicated. Diverse, argumentative, creative, strong-willed, fierce, generous, and I hope kinder to one another going forward. Let’s celebrate what we do have.

With a clear sky and full moon, it was a thrill to watch the 45-minute firework show over the Lincoln Memorial and Washington monument that flank the grassy National Mall in our nation’s capitol, Washington DC. The light show was preceded by an amazing airshow. The highlight for me, was seeing the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flying together. If you have a minute to spare, check out these videos.

 

You inspired me to try a bit of selective color in this shot from Bodega Bay, California. BTW – amazingly delicious chowder and more at this spot, the Spud Point Crab Co. 

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