With a Tim Hortons coffee and carrot muffin in hand Pheebs and I this morning wandered north of Goderich along country roads south of Dungannon. We had our eyes out for a lost dog in the area but never did see it. Knew chances were slim but we cruised through the area watching for it anyway.
TONIGHT’S PHOTOS ARE A SMATTERING OF OUR AREA’S COUNTRYSIDE
HOPE THESE HONEY BEES ARE TUCKED IN NICE AND WARM FOR THE WINTER
IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE MAGESTICALLY TURBULENT SKIES TODAY
HURON COUNTY HOODOOS
AUTUMN LEAVES ARE FALLING AND TREES WILL SOON BE BARE
YES THERE IS A FACE IN THAT OLD GNARLED TREE TRUNK
Being in the vicinity of Pheebs Alpaca Pals we stopped by to say hello. Not as many as there used to be but we did see 3 at least.
OSTRICH OR EMU?? NOT SURE
Not much going on in the countryside but did notice evidence of the corn harvest beginning. Best part of the day was the sky and I do love moody skies for the most part. Made for some interesting lighting so I took advantage of that and took way too many photos again. Way over a hundred so I had quite a time whittling them down after we got home. Luckily I enjoy editing photos and have the time to do so. For me, editing photos is as enjoyable as taking them. I rarely take a photo that does not have to be edited in some way. Many of my photos I take from a moving vehicle so horizons have to be straightened and cropping is always necessary of course. Exposure is often tricky with some parts of the photo being too light or too dark. Editing is again essential here. And then there is the color. On dull days like today it is difficult to bring color out of the leaves so this is where editing comes in. I don’t have what you might call a great editing program but I do have one that is good enough for me and my blog and I’ve had it for years. It was free and in fact I don’t think it’s even around anymore. It’s Google’s older Picasa 3.9. which by the way is far superior to the newer editing program they use now. Would I like a better editing program like Adobe Photoshop - Lightroom?? Sure I would but I’m afraid of the learning curve. I discourage myself too easily these days and I don’t need the extra stress. I’ll hang onto my simple little bare bones Picasa 3.9 for as long as I can.
Some may ask why I take so many photos every day and I guess my simple answer to that would be to say, 'I see so many beautiful things'. No matter where I go my mind just automatically notices color, shapes and shadows. I see faces in rocks, old trees, and clouds. I see light against dark and dark against light. Animals and birds catch my attention as well as people doing things or doing nothing at all. I see a lot that I notice others don’t see. And it is those things I see that bring me such enjoyment and peace of mind every day even if it is sometimes only fleeting. In a world seemingly gone mad I'm fortunate to have my hobbies of photography, writing, music, and local travels because it gives me the opportunity to each day briefly skirt the world’s encompassing madness my own way. There is beauty out there everywhere if you just let your creative mind find it for you.
SOME BUSH LINES STILL HAVE THEIR LEAVES AND THIS ONE DOESN’T
Kelly’s off to the dentist for an 8 a.m. Wednesday appointment so Pheebs and I will be off for our daily appointment as well with destinations as yet unknown……………….
I DON’T KNOW…….IT WAS JUST SITTING THERE AT THE END OF A FARM LANE
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Dictionary For Women::
Argument (ar*gyou*ment) n. A discussion that occurs when you're right, but he just hasn't realized it yet.
Airhead (er*hed) n. What a woman intentionally becomes when pulled over by a policeman.
Bar-be-que (bar*bi*q) n. You bought the groceries, washed the lettuce, chopped the tomatoes, diced the onions, marinated the meat and cleaned everything up, but, he, "made the dinner."
Blonde jokes (blond joks) n. Jokes that are short so men can understand them.
Cantaloupe (kant*e*lope) n. Gotta get married in a church.
Clothes dryer (kloze dri*yer) n. An appliance designed to eat socks.
Diet Soda (dy*it so*da) n. A drink you buy at a convenience store to go with a half pound bag of peanut M&Ms.
Eternity (e*ter*ni*tee) n. The last two minutes of a football game.
Exercise (ex*er*siz) v. To walk up and down a mall, occasionally resting to make a purchase.
Grocery List (grow*ser*ee list) n. What you spend half an hour writing, then forget to take with you to the store.
Hair Dresser (hare dres*er) n. Someone who is able to create a style you will never be able to duplicate again. See "Magician."
Hardware Store (hard*war stor) n. Similar to a black hole in space-if he goes in, he isn't coming out anytime soon.
Childbirth (child*brth) n. You get to go through 36 hours of contractions; he gets to hold your hand and say "focus,...breath...push..."
Lipstick (lip*stik) n. On your lips, coloring to enhance the beauty of your mouth. On his collar, coloring only a tramp would wear...!
Park (park) v./n. Before children, a verb meaning, "to go somewhere and neck." After children, a noun meaning a place with a swing set and slide.
Patience (pa*shens) n. The most important ingredient for dating, marriage and children. See also "tranquilizers."
Waterproof Mascara (wah*tr*pruf mas*kar*ah) n. Comes off if you cry, shower, or swim, but will not come off if you try to remove it.
Valentine's Day (val*en*tinez dae) n. A day when you have dreams of a candlelight dinner, diamonds, and romance, but consider yourself lucky to get a card.
Just when I see a picture of yours today and think “it doesn’t get any better than this” I click on the next one and it is....They we’re all so beautiful.ReplyDelete
After five months I did a blog yesterday. It felt pretty good to be at it again.
Al your photos today are just gorgeous but who would leave that beautiful old piano sitting out in the weather??? I am sure it must be worth something. Keep your photos coming I enjoy them very much. Kathy RousseauReplyDelete
LOL Hoodoos :-) Such beautiful country roads and farms, and such a blessing that you get to see them every day.ReplyDelete
I would say the piano is from a photo shoot of a high school senior. Just a guess. Love the hoodoos.ReplyDelete
"I see so many beautiful things" Yes, you have a great eye for beauty and you know how to catch the right angles Al. I also take hundreds of photos, because I am not sure which ones will be special and tell a story. It is only when I come home and go through them that I see their potential... and then the editing begins. Your blog demonstrates how hard you work telling these little stories of life. Your photos give us a view of life as it changes about you second by second. We get to see through your eyes. That is an old pump organ. We used to have one made of white oak. You have to pump the bellows to play the thing. It was a workout. Maybe it is outside to be used for exercise!ReplyDelete
Al, the photos tonight were just lovely. I especially liked the ones with the red barn. Thanks so much.ReplyDelete
Oh I love the little stone cottage. All the pictures are great. I tried to download Picasa but it wouldn't work after I bought this new computer windows 10 I'm going to have to try it again as the program they have stinks.ReplyDelete
The piano really made me smile. If picasso ever doesn't work for you, don't be afraid to try Lightroom. Really. The way you l ok be to edit, it would thrill you. Much easier than photoshop. More of the kind of editing that would be meaningful to you. Great photos today.ReplyDelete
So many great places to go and sights to see, taking so many pictures is easy. I too love the picassa 3.9 photo editing program, sure does a nice job and easy yo use.ReplyDelete
Al, I LOVE all your photos! Don't EVER STOP! I'm really looking forward to some winter ones with the birds in your yard!ReplyDelete
That piano sitting outdoors is just very.....odd. Even if it's beyond being properly tuned, it seems a shame to expose it to the elements. But hey, who knows how or why it ended up there?ReplyDelete
Having digital photography as a hobby/obsession is heaps better than a whole whack of other supposed problems that one might have. Drinking....drugs...whatever. If the pictures get to be "too much" for anyone stopping by the blog well, there's that little "x" up in the corner of the browser there. Go click it.
Your countryside is absolutely fabulous!ReplyDelete
So many of us do not have that to look at on our outings.
I have wondered if your area has ticks and chiggers?
I would think maybe not as you let Pheebs roam around.
I love today's set of pictures. They capture the mood of fall so well.ReplyDelete
You really do have a good eye for photography. I used Picasso for years, now getting difficult because it's no longer supported, and still do for a few things. Lightroom does have a learning curve which at first intimidated me, but I persisted and now it's fun. Photoshop is way over my head Love that piano.ReplyDelete