The Big Fall

The trees displayed their best colors as the stream wound its way toward the Ohio River. IMG_0161.JPG

The horse was delighted to take such a stunning trip.IMG_0193.JPG

The light tickled the leaves as they hovered over the road, giggling softly. IMG_0237.JPG

The community of trees came together to create drama for the schoolhouse. IMG_0266.JPG

A mirror of trees saluted the quiet water on its way south. IMG_0277.JPG

They walked in gentle harmony to the neighbors to eat popcorn and discuss what kind of winter it would be. IMG_0281.JPG

He grabbed the last of the grass while the grabbing was still good.IMG_0319.JPG

The vapid pieces united to make a strong case for themselves.IMG_0253.JPG

It lived a great life until the winter of its life showed up. IMG_9199.JPG

 

 

This N That

Summer’s over and fall is upon us. It’s time to share a few leftover pictures with you since summer has closed the door and locked it (the key is under the door mat).

Looking out over the hills during the summer reveals this pleasant treasure. Doesn’t it look serene?  You can walk for miles and find the same idyllic setting. Nice!

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A few miles away and there is that red and white again tucked neatly into the hills. I hope the red paint stays on sale. Don’t you?

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The little tree takes advantage of the mirror that the sun creates, and bends over to look at itself. What do you think little tree? Are your leaves shiny enough?

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This monarch doesn’t care all that much for greens. He enjoys the sweet yellow wildflowers. Go for it! You’ll need it once your start on your southern trip.

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Not all school busses are yellow. It looks like this one is full. How do you like the air conditioning on this one?

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It’s a brand new world for this fellow. Three years from now he’ll be as big as Mama. Looks like you have plenty of nutritious grass. Eat your fill. You need the vitamins.

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How would you like to live in this hidden cove? No electric lines means no modern technology can creep into this place and ruin the whole culture. Peaceful isn’t it?

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Just Thinking

Sitting on the freshly turned over sod is a great way to view the world. There is something solid and back to earth about it.

Summer’s evening creeps down the lane ready to make itself at home.

The smell of new hay and the soft plod of horses finishes the day well.

The most precious gold lies not in the vault but in open fields of a summer evening.

A storm might be brewing on the horizon but from where I sit everything is tidy and in order.

You might have your computer games and other electronic gadgets but I bet you don’t have your very own pet clothes line!

You can have a good enough day, but if you don’t have a giddy up trip home you’re missing it.

Present Things From the Past

It is always sad when I see what lack of use and maintenance does to the past. It only takes a little bit of neglect to render the once useful, useless. Needs change over the years, and what was necessary becomes unnecessary.  What was profitable becomes a liability. It is the way of life, and has been thus I suppose for as long as man has existed. Milk sours, honey thickens, and cheese becomes moldy. Iron rusts, wood decays, and cement cracks. Aging and decay is part of life. Look into the mirror and you will see that time moves on. Come with me and let’s see if we can find beauty in age. 

 

  

A Bird of Another Feather

This buggy break took me in another direction, all the way south to Costa Rica. What a break it was! I had to go on a business trip so I decided to take a few days and do a little birding with a few friends. Here are a few of the 1,000 pictures I took.

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Green Honeycreeper

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Summer Tanager

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Passerini’s Tanager

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Rufous Motmot

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Royal Flycatcher. This was a rare moment. These birds are not easy to find.

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Butterflies (unknown)

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Keel-billed Toucan

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Northern Jacana. A very good pose for a photographer!

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Scarlet Macaw

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I believe this is a Manakin but I am not sure which one.

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Emerald Toucanet. A great find!