Tuesday, October 21, 2014

signs of fall

signs of fall

October 22, 2014

This week's challenge selection is signs of fall by Lew.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

As much as there is to see with all the pretty landscapes and such, I selected a view from inside my car for this week's header because it tells the story succinctly. And now, for the rest of the story...

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Oops. We're not talking about that kind of fall, are we?

I took a bunch of pumpkin pics but most did not turn out so gourd. Er... good.

Ty Warner Park in Westmont, Illinois

Another morning shot at Ty Warner

I love crunchy leaves, but these were all wet...

See what I mean?

Aah, now THESE are dry, crispy flakes!

A view from the other side

Gingko leaves are bright yellow now

I'm absolutely delighted with this colorful palette!

Thanks to our Creator for the variety of trees and different hues!

It's neat to see some of these trees in the process of changing.

Standing at the ready to usher in the next season...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

favorite things

favorite things

October 15, 2014

This week's challenge selection is a few of my favorite things by Christine.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

This proved to be quite a challenge for me. As I thought of the possibilities, I decided to narrow it down to just one of my favorite things... hanging around with people I love. The header includes a couple my wife and I have known for decades. Great folks, those two! Yes, I took that pic myself, using a tripod and remote control.

My bride doesn't like having her picture taken, but I think she looks fantastic.

A good pal and his pup.

These young skateboarders are also co-volunteers at the food pantry.

Family. D2 and her uncle.

Friends playing whiffle-ball... hamming it up for the camera.

Sitting around a toasty bonfire on a cool night.

Grandchildren! This is my granddaughter.

My 2 daughters glamming it up.

Father & son camping. S1's morning grin gets an A for effort.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

street performers

street performers

October 8, 2014

This week's challenge selection is street performers by Imac.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

First of all, welcome back to SeƱor Imac, who has just returned from doing hard time in Sing Sing. Yes, I know he said he was "on holiday," but I like to use my imagination to revise historical events when someone goes away for three weeks. Anyhoo, I'm glad he's back.

What image comes to your mind when you think of street performers? My mind goes immediately to a musician playing tunes downtown with his hat on the ground for collecting tips. I hope some of my headbanger compadres caught images like that, but I have no desire to drive into Chicago, scouring the streets, hoping to find such an image. The cost of gasoline and parking make such a venture too pricey for me. I thought I'd be washed out from this week's theme, but then... Bolingbrook had a parade! We had a host of performances in our street--all at the same time!! And it was a nice day for it, too.

This flag squad was the best. It's not so easy for the groups to do this in perfect synch.

I like the straight lines and geometry of the Bolingbrook HS Marching Band.

The Romeoville HS Marching Band was excellent, too!

Dig the can-do attitude of this Junior-higher!

Play that funky music!

Clowns give me nightmares.

Wow, these kids were outstanding!

Gravity forbids that I ever attempt a thing such as this.

This little car was a crowd favorite.

 For my header, I selected a closely cropped photo of a colorful musician on the drum instructor's float.