Last Call for the Farmers’ Markets

When you’re out and about today (jaunting?)…you may want to stop at the Farmers’ Market.  Sadly, here in Minnesota, several of my favorite Farmers’ Markets are closing this week.  Another sign that summer has ended…but, again fall has its own rewards…sweaters, apples, acorn squash and the ever-photogenic pumpkin!  I can’t wait to put on my Irish knit sweater — you know, the one that feels like a house coat and makes you look 20 pounds heavier…I have three! I can’t wait to put one on and go apple picking!  (We’ll save pumpkin picking until the girls are home for break.)

Have a great Saturday-wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!

PS…Don’t forget to get some flowers for the house…

It’s time…Footwear Friday


It’s officially time…I had to turn the furnace on last night.  So, sadly… it is time to put all of the sandals, flip-flops and open-toed shoes away for a while.

The only thing that makes this sad day bearable, is that I love suede!  Purple suede, black suede, brown suede….wait….I don’t have any blue suede shoes…perhaps it’s time for a shoe-shopping jaunt….!


The Glorious Color of Trees (And a Photo Tip)

Over the last several days, I have felt a certain urgency to be outside, capturing photos.  The weather has been in the 70’s here in Minnesota, and there have been dire predictions of an advancing cold weather front (even snow) by the end of the week.  If and when that happens, most of the glorious fall foliage will be gone.  I don’t use the word glorious often, but I’m sure most of my fellow Minnesotans will agree–this has been a glorious autumn showing of color!

All of the photos (except the last one) were taken using a wide-angle lens held at the trunk of the tree.  I love how this angle gives the sense of the majesty of the tree, and shows off the color against the sky.  The last image is of a pretty tree, but it looks rather boring.  I’m hoping someone can give me advice on how to make this a more interesting image…or other ideas on photographing trees…Perhaps we could do a tree photo link up…?  Any takers?  If so…I would be happy to host…