Summer sunsets and warm temperatures are beginning to give way to the crisp cool air of Autumn. In a few weeks, the colors of fall will be in full foliage and then the shivers of winter will be upon us. I love fall, but I'm not the fan of winter that I once was. There are days when I will get as stiff as the ice outside and that's not something that I enjoy. Oh well, life goes on. Hurry up Autumn, I need some more fall photos. Have a blessed week-end.
I planted this flower in one of my planters this spring. I have no idea what it is called and I have lost the information card. It provides an incredible splash of color in the landscape and blooms into September. I'm pretty sure that it is a perennial as well, since I don't care for replanting all new flowers every year.
This week found me at one of my favorite local flea markets browsing for something that one of our grand daughters requested, but I am having a terrible time locating. That's another story for another day. What I did find was three of the prompts for this week, so I'll do them first.
You just never know what you're going to find in a flea market in Northwest Arkansas. These are stripes, pin stripes to be exact. They are not the world famous New York Yankee pinstripes. These belong to the Toledo, Mud Hens!
One of the booths was packed with western gear. No rhinestone cowboy stuff here. This is real, honest to goodness ridin' & ropin' stuff. Most of it looked too new to be true flea market finds, but I's sure someone does their shopping here.
I have to admit, I don't normally do "cute". It really doesn't wear well on me. However, when I saw this toy rocking horse, SHS was the first thing that I thought of. He's only about 8" tall and I'm pretty sure this qualifies as "too cute". Am I right?
Just a short trip back into the archives finds me at our Alaskan cruise. It was the trip of a lifetime and I'd do it again in a minute.
This painting can be found at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. I fell in love with this piece the first time that I saw it and it remains my favorite painting in the collection. There is a new exhibit opening next week, I plan on attending. If photography is allowed, I'll give you a tour. That's all for this week. See you next Sunday.
Saturday morning I am headed to Tulsa to enter two of my photos in the Tulsa State Fair. I take ninety nine percent of my photos for my own pleasure and share them with friends and family, including my blogging/facebook friends. I do like to ocassionally see how my images compare to others who consider photography a relatively serious hobby. Based on my knowledge and equipment, I would consider myself to be a the low end of relatively serious. Still, when I go through my photos, I find a few that I think are interesting enough to enter into competition. Last year I entered four photos into the competition and won three ribbons (click here to view them), two seconds and a third place. The fair runs from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday October 5. As of now, I am not planning on attending the fair, which means it will be Monday October 6, when I return to Tulsa to pick up my photos, before I know the results of my entries. The fair does not send you the results of the competition. If you don't go to the fair or show up to retrieve your entries, you will never know if you won anything. Here are the two images I will be entering this year.
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you've probably seen this image, in part or in whole. I use a portion of it as my blog header for a few weeks.
I know that I have also posted this image on the blog. It was probably for a Wordless Wednesday. Well, these are what my ribbon hopes are hanging on this year. Wish me luck.