Friday, October 15, 2010

It's All About the Simple Stuff

Every one of our autumn day trips has been poetry in motion, as we observe nature dressed in its Sunday best no matter what day of the week it is.  When we go for a drive, we don't merely get in our vehicle and buzz down the road waiting for time to pass.  Heck no, we both search for things that are calling out "shoot me, shoot me" ......with a camera, that is!  For instance, this tree with the red vine.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I guess I'm intrigued with vines to begin with.  They add special character to anything they climb up on. 
This old barn was along a hidden driveway as we were venturing out on one of our art tours.  Its structure is worn and weathered, but still trying to stand as stately as the day it was built.  Many artists choose barns as their subject matter, and I can understand why.  A barn tells a story by its frame, the boards that have had to let go of their grip, and by what remains housed inside them.  The darkness inside their open doors make a person wonder what treasures are still stored there and what they'd be worth. 

This next picture we took out of our vehicle, because we suddenly came upon four deer walking nonchalantly down the side of the road, proud as you please, minding their own business and not caring at all that they were being watched.  Can you see them on the right side of the picture in single file behind the yellow sign?

This October rose was nobly blossoming in a Wisconsin rest area, and I had to capture its presence as best a digital can do.  I guess I'm a sucker for flowers, whether they're growing wild or are part of a manicured garden.  Flowers have to be the most marvelous of the artwork that our Creator made for us, with their velvety petals, intriguing colors, and divine fragrance.  They speak to the heart, to the soul, and to that secret place within us that needs to be nurtured when we're sad or unhappy.  As I've said before, we should never grow too old to pick a bouquet of dandelions and put them in a crystal vase.  To me, it seems so silly to propagate the daisy and poison the dandelion that tries so desperately to bring golden sunshine to our lawns in the spring.  Oh, I know I'm probably the only one who feels that way, but that's me nonetheless. 
Don't these white puffy clouds look like dollops of whipped cream?  Makes me want to reach up and grab a spoonful!  Yum....

We have so much fun with our mediocre digital camera.  Man alive, getting pictures developed used to be such a pain in the patooty.  First, we had to send them away, wait for them to be returned, and then half of the pictures didn't turn out or else we had about six pictures of the same thing.  These new cameras are the most wonderful inventions, especially for the average joe who simply wants to fiddle around with picture-taking just for the fun of we do.

Today's Trivia:  The Jolly Roger is the name given to the skull and crossbones flag that identifies a ship's crew as pirates.