Monday, October 31, 2011

Our World - Early snow

Friday night and Saturday brought us snow - not much, but it was mixed with freezing rain and sleet. The lilacs were bent over under the weight. In other areas of Maryland there were bad roads and trees down and power outages. In the northeast, the storm was much worse leaving many trees down and power outages.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

PhotoHunt - Broken pottery

In our travels over the years, we picked up some southwestern pottery which was displayed on the long bookcase. Unfortunately, one of the cats also liked to explore and one of our favorites was broken. The pottery is packed away now, and Marianne has redecorated wuth a different motif

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sky Watch - Watcher in the sky

About a month ago we were in the yard doing the fall decorations on the porch when we heard the distinctive sound of the state police helicopter. It is not unusual to hear that sound, as we are not far from the Frederick airport where Trooper 3 is based. But it is unusual to hear it circling this low over the neighborhood. Apparently they were looking for someone as they flew a pattern back and forth. But they must not have found anything newsworthy, as no mention was found in the local paper. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Three faces

This family of scare crows will greet our trick or treaters this Halloween.

Light and shadows - Trick or treat flag

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our World - Ready for Halloween

with ghosts, jack-o-laterns, scare crows and treats for the little goblins that may stop by.

Friday, October 21, 2011

PhotoHunt - High style ride

I found these two pups getting a ride around the Thurmont Colorfest in high style, complete with shade, blankets and a grand view of the path ahead.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sky Watch - Return of the clouds

Last weekend we had blue skies and sunshine, then the rain returned, followed by a cloudy Thursday. What will Friday bring?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Window boxes

Window boxes on old houses in Frederick (from my 2008 archives).

Light and shadows - Hydrangea

Monday, October 17, 2011

Our world - Pumpkins

Pumpins were in short supply in September due to the rain, but not any more. (I actually went to buy apples.)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

PhotoHunt - Public wood carving

This wood carver has appeared at the Frederick Oktoberfest every time we have attended. He and his partner do their work in public with chainsaws.

A sample of their work for sale. We have two of the jack-o-laterns from previous years and Marianne was tempted by the smaller one on the bench.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sky Watch - Foggy sunrises

Last Friday and Saturday, the sun rose through the fog. The last few days the sun has not been able to pierce the clouds.

Sepia Scenes - Chainsaw eagle

A wooden eagle carved with a chain saw, found at the Oktoberfest in Frederick on October 1.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Our World - Colorfest

The town of Thurmont, Maryland held its 48-th Colorfest last weekend. Colorfest is a juried arts and crafts show with over 350 exhibiters. Exhibits are setup in the parks and fire department grounds. Food vendors abound and local businesses and residents also have their wares available. Fall, Halloween and Christmas items are among the craft items available for purchase. Paintings, jewelry, quilts, and photographs are also in abundance. We enjoyed our afternoon (and came home with a few seasonal items).

Friday, October 7, 2011

PhotoHunt - Waiting for breakfast

Somewhere down in the hole, a spider is waiting for breakfast to land in its dew covered web.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sky Watch - Another sunset

Two weeks ago I went to pickup some Chinese food from our local restaurant. A very overcast day was showing some light along the top of the mountain and I took the shot above. As I left with our dinner, a big ball of fire appeared. By the time I walked to the car and grabbed my camera the image below was all that remained and the sun quickly disappeared. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Me 1942

This shot was b&w taken by Dad in 1942 (scanned by me from a print).

Light and shadows - Creek side walkway

Monday, October 3, 2011

Our World - Happy faces

We put out some of our fall decorations last week. Lots of smile and one sour puss!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

PhotoHunt - Covered wagon

A covered wagon seen at a farm event last year (sponsored by the local John Deere dealer).