Wordless Wednesday (Brown Understudy Edition)

This is Week Six of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s color is brown. 
We have a tree in our front yard that is (on first glance) pretty nondescript. I have hung the occasional bird feeder in it; I have driven past it thousands of times as I pulled into and out of our driveway. It’s green. Right now it has some red coloring. Fortunately, for brown week it has some cool brown nut-things hidden deep within the leaves.
To me, the brown nuts are like the understudy who knows a part backwards and forwards but has never gotten a chance to shine. This is your week, brown!
The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is white! The linky for white week will be up starting on Friday, November 18.

Wordless Wednesday (Pleasing Purple Edition)

This is Week Five of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s color is purple. 
One advantage of living in North Florida in the fall is that it is possible to enjoy outdoor activities well into the season. A couple of weeks ago, I had the physically and spiritually rejuvenating experience of doing outdoor yoga after work. The venue, a place called Lichgate, was perfect.
The Centuries-Old Lichgate Oak.
Yoga without walls.
And beautiful purple nearby:
I am not sure how this shot came to be, but I love the effect I stumbled onto:
The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is brown! The linky for brown week will be up starting on Friday, November 11.

Wordless Wednesday (Monarchs on Milkweed Edition)

This is Week Three of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s color is orange. 
Thank you, monarch butterflies, for your impeccable timing – I appreciate you passing through Tallahassee just in time for orange week!
There is some really interesting information about the Monarch Butterfly Migration here. (For example, I learned that “not one single butterfly succeeds in a full migration due to their short life span.  It generally takes three or four generations of Monarch butterflies to complete a full migration cycle.”)

The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is red! The linky for red week will be up starting on Friday, October 28.

Wordless Wednesday (A”Maze”Ing Corn Edition)

This is Week Two of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. For Week One (green), I blogged about a “hot orchard visit.” When it came time to take pictures for Week Two, I had to figure out how to craft a “yellow” blog out of the local corn maze (which I had originally planned to use for green week before I got tempted by an apple (hey! I wasn’t the first….)).

Nothing in North Florida can compete with traditional autumn colors. But we will persist, Florida style.

We will not throw in the towel:

This search for autumnal yellow will not be a flop:

Only in Florida:

Fall needs a little bit of help down here (thanks, Michaels):

Some of the most vivid yellow was in the beauty of imperfection:

Am I seeing things or is there something spooky in this one?

Eureka!

At the very end of the maze, I found a nice touch of yellow:

It may not have been fall, temperature wise or color-wise, but we still enjoyed polishing off a romp through the corn maze.

Some more images – not all yellow but we are talking corn field after all and I enjoyed the fresh air and the images of nature!

These pictures were taken at the Corn Maze at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Proceeds from admission fees benefit the Kidz First Fund (which helps children with Fanconi Anemia), the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, and the Foundation for Leon County Schools.

The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles & Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is orange! The linky for orange week will be up starting on Friday, October 21.

Wordless Wednesday (The Hot Orchard Edition)

This is Week One of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. This week’s theme was “green.” On a late September day when it was reasonable to expect an “autumnal” feel in the air during a visit to a Connecticut orchard, we got, instead, weather that didn’t seem all that different from Florida’s! The vista seemed to be holding back on the fall colors that will surely arrive soon:

Green was not the only star of the day:
But the promise of natural foods, bursting with potential:
Tartness:
And blushing beauty:

Gave me something to “fall” for despite the heat!
These pictures were taken at Lyman Orchards in Middefield, CT.
The Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles & Light. The challenge welcomes photographers of all skill levels. Next week’s theme is yellow! The linky for yellow week will be up starting on Friday, October 14 (if I have the schedule right!).

Wordless Wednesday (Sweet Summer Finale Edition)

As the second week of school gets underway here in Tallahassee, we say goodbye to summer with the Sweet Summer Finale of the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge.
I suppose I could look at the summer as something that started full of anticipation:
and ended up empty:
but I think it is just the opposite.
As a family, we started the summer with room for growth:
and were given so many flavorful moments, such as:
Turning 15 (Tenley) and 12 (Wayne):
Discovering a whole new country and its incredible people in Guatemala:

And remembering that the people (and animals!) who are right down the road are full of discoveries too:
It hasn’t been the easiest of summers as we struggled with Wayne’s continued job hunt after a downsizing; we definitely felt exposed as some of our protective shell was bitten away:
But as we say good-bye to summer, I know that we come out of it with memories for which to be grateful and the knowledge that so many people, in real life and in the blogosphere, are in our corner.
To all of you who made the summer fun, bearable, amazing, una gran aventura, and full of the knowledge that we have overflowing blessings, thank you — you put the delicious finale on the summer of 2011:
 I am linking this Wordless Wednesday post up to the final Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia. Thank you, Kristi and Alicia, for the time, heart, and passion you have put into this project. I have loved every minute (except for when I sliced my hand doing the “Refreshing” theme!) and cherished the opportunity to do something so “cool” when it was so blasted “hot” outside!
Crazy Days of Summer

Wordless Wednesday (Not THAT Blue Sky Edition)

I found this week’s Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge theme (blue skies) quite challenging. After all, each blogger is working with the same basic material:

Unfortunately, as I alluded to in Sunday’s post, my son has spent way too much of this summer looking at someone else’s engineered blue sky rather than the real thing:

I attempted a photo session for this theme that incorporated a kite and some of Tallahassee’s beautiful blue skies. Unfortunately, mother nature did not get the memo and forgot to send even a whiff of wind (sigh). But Wayne and his friend Hunter still had a good time, and it was awesome to see them enjoying a blue sky that wasn’t trapped behind a screen and manipulated with a joystick:

I am linking this Wordless Wednesday post up to the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia. This week’s theme is “blue skies”! Next week’s theme is “sweet summer finale” (and there are prizes!!).
Crazy Days of Summer

Wordless Wednesday (“Help”ful Friends Edition)

I love movies, but I don’t actually see many of them, especially within two days of opening night. When my coworker and friend, Beth, said, “Let’s go to The Help,” I started to give my usual “too busy/too much to do/don’t want to spend the money” response but something stopped me …. we had read the book together in book club and had all looked forward to the movie …. and the world was not going to come to a screeching halt if I took a couple hours out of my Friday night to watch a film.

The theatre was packed, and I ended up with my friends (and friends of friends) to my left and a guy named Tony and his wife to my right. I recruited Tony to take our picture; he delegated to his wife. On the second try we ended up with this:

(Photo Credit: Tony’s Wife)

But I really think this “outtake” most effectively captured the spirit of a “fun with friends” night at the movies:

 

(Photo Credit: Tony’s Wife)
It was a big “help” to my spirits to have a night of “fun with friends”!
I am linking this Wordless Wednesday post up to the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia. This week’s theme is “fun with friends”! Next week’s theme is “blue skies.”
Crazy Days of Summer

Wordless Wednesday (Summer Pops Edition)

It’s nice to give kids a few extra treats in the summertime,

But……when mom needs a summer treat for herself, she can…
Add lime zest:
Salt…

And some summer spirit(s) in the form of tequila and orange liqueur, to get…

Mom Treats!

The recipe for Margarita Pops came from Family Circle Magazine.
A few more images of my “Margarita Pop Fun” session:

Here’s the recipe (click on it to enlarge):

I am linking this Wordless Wednesday post up to the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia. This week’s theme is “summer treats”! Next week’s theme is “fun with friends.”
Crazy Days of Summer

Wordless Wednesday (Universal Bubble Fun Edition)

 Thank you, dear Guatemalan people in the Parque Central of Antigua, for relaxing by blowing bubbles! I was out of memory card space by this point, so grabbed this picture with my disposable camera:
and played around with it a bit on Picnik to come up with this:
Bubbles are fun, language barrier or no!
I am linking this Wordless Wednesday post up to the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge sponsored by Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia. This week’s theme is “bubbles”! Next week’s theme is “summer treats.”
Crazy Days of Summer