Monday, November 30, 2009

Do they really?


We went for a walk, pausing for some photos, and this wispy grass struck my fancy! We wandered off the trail a bit, following a deer path, which I think also was a path fishermen use - a path leading to the river, next to a bridge, then I looked at the side of the bridge. . .


And I thought that ants were a rather odd thing for graffiti artists to splash.


Blue ants, marching, and apparently they're calling a message. Yet I'm not sure why. . .


So, IF you decided to take some paint and graffiti a wall or train car or whatever, what would you share with the world?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Little Ladybug (Macro Monday)



Just a pretty little ladybug on a pumpkin on a nice sunny November Day.


Macro Monday is easy to play, snap a macro (or any close-up) photo, post it on your blog and come back here and sign MckLinky. Don't forget to visit each other. :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm a lucky girl!


I am such a lucky, lucky girl! My wonderful bloggy friend, Dani used her nimble fingers to work this fine thread into this lovely piece of art! Then she decided to give it away on her blog and when I thought her daughter did a wonderful job picking names, lol. :) Thank you so much Dani!

Friday, November 27, 2009

You can't see me


It's a love/hate relationship.  All summer long they drive me crazy, chipmunks everywhere, into everything, chirping and just generally being pests.  But by this time of year, they have calmed down, they're quiet and generally only seen stealing my birdseed, lol.  This guy thinks he's hidden.


Camera Critters

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

PayItForwardIn August I signed up for Jan's Pay-it-forward. Then I promptly forgot about it.


One day in October, I received this magnificent quilt in the mail! Jan tells me that the fabric is called happy campers and as I was it the circles will fray, rag quilt-like. :)


As you can see, Tristan loves it! There's so much for him to see, so many little pictures in the fabrics used!

So, this is the day, I tell you, that it is my turn to Pay-it -forward.  If you're interested in receiving a little something made by me please let me know in comments.  The rules state that I have 365 days to complete said project and send it to you.  So you never know when you'll open your mailbox and see a little package from me, and you don't know what it'll be, because I don't even know yet, lol.   I didn't see anything in the rules about how many to do, so I'm going to say 2.  Two lucky(?) peeps will get something made by my hands. :)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!  Have a wonderful family-filled day!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Washington Ferry


Waiting for the ferry.


The only way to get to, and from, Washington Island is via ferry. You know how Wisconsin has that little pointy jutting out part? The island is off that point. And from Washington Island you can take another ferry to Rock Island - but the only way to get to Rock Island is to first take the ferry to Washington Island. All clear? lol


Passing a ferry coming in as we are going out. We were leaving Washington Island, and I'm feeling a little loquacious today, can you tell? I got great news yesterday! I'm still in remission! Yay!


As we passed this island, I thought it looked pretty cool floating above the water.  Mystical and mythical, just an illusion.


I couldn't tell if this place is occupied or not, but it looks nice, just a little run down. I'd live there. . .but I'm not sure how you get to that island.



A lovely lighthouse! This one is owned by the National Guard. Not sure how you get to that island either.


And passing one last ferry before we dock. Yeah, there's not much out there in Death's Door.


And the seagulls and cormorants were waiting for us.  What a great trip!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Loving Life

UPDATE: Good news!  No changes in the spots so I don't have to go back to the oncologist for 6 months.  Yippee!


A couple of weeks ago, I found this ring, I instantly liked it. "Love Life" is my mantra, always looking for the yumminess around.

Macro Monday is easy to play, snap a macro (or any close-up) photo, post it on your blog and come back here and sign MckLinky. Don't forget to visit each other. :)


Then I saw the inside, "Be Brave", and it seemed like fate, destiny, kismet - this ring was for me.  Today, I will see the oncologist.  Today, I will get the verdict.  Today, I will see if I'm still in remission or if those "suspicious areas" need more exploration.  And when I look at those little words, Love Life, I can't help but think also, Be Brave.  I'll let you guys when I know, but that won't be until afternoon.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Meeting Jientje


Last Sunday, I met up with Jientje in Chicago.  She's been on a great adventure and I'm sure when she gets back home (Belgium) she'll tell us all about it.  But for a couple of hours we pointed our cameras at many beautiful things at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  Here we are reflected in a garden sculpture.


And one of the greenhouses had these huge Christmas balls scattered about.


There we are - don't we look happy?!  It was so great meeting her!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Downy Woodpecker


I keep suet out for the woodpeckers, they seem to appreciate it.


It's a deal I've struck with them - I'll feed you, you pose for me - it works!


See, he doesn't even care that I could reach out and grab him, he just ignores the big black thing aimed at him.




Then, he acted like he was going to ignore me, but. . .


Off he flew, maybe I did get a little too close, lol.

Camera Critters

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Peaceful recharge


Sometimes the world gets so busy and hectic and you just need to find a quiet place to rest and recharge.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

a little of this and that


We drove by this "cat-fish" about 8 times before I finally had to snap a photo, I'm sure the people are used to cars stopping with cameras out the windows, right?!


I love weather vanes!  I just wish I could get closer to them, maybe I should start carrying a ladder, lol.


The lights above the bar of the lodge we stayed in on Washington Island.


I love gnarly trees and roots.  They make me think of my mom.  That might sound odd, except, I remember going out on photo safaris with my parents when I was a kid and my mom liked gnarly trees and roots.


Beautiful candle holders.


We're still enjoying unusually warm weather for this time of year.  Hope you're having great days too!