When I stepped away from blogging this time, I also stepped back from taking photos. I kept thinking ‘what’s the point?’ Which I think is a statement to my mindset in general, my mood, my increased depression over the last few months. Just didn’t feel like it. As if it were a great effort to snap a picture on my phone!! But it was almost like I was going through life with blinders on. I didn’t see much worth taking a photo of. I am easing back into it and looking forward to our vacation and taking lots of pictures then. But just leave it to a visit to the pumpkin patch with 2 of my grands to rekindle my love of snapping photographs. And just like that, I’m back at it.
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WORLD THROUGH MY LENS 10.2022
A lot of the photos for this month’s post has a seasonal flavor. Fall weather, fall foliage, pictures from our fall vacation. I could almost sub in photos of my precious grandchildren for each prompt but trying to add a little more variety. Have a look.
ISPY WEEK #92
– in line: something was going on at the gate to Ft. Bliss today as we left post. The traffic was backed up a long way, with all of the cars in line waiting to enter the security gate. I used Prisma editing app to make the photograph I took a little more interesting.
– back: actually this photo would work for the prompt above, too. Lucia and Cami are standing in line for their chance to ride the ponies at the pumpkin patch. I snapped this photo of them from the back because they looked so cute in their dresses, trying hard to wait patiently for their turn.
– front: here’s the front view of the girls in their dresses at the pumpkin patch. It was quite an afternoon.
– caught looking: I’ve told you about the stray-ish kitty I call Fluff who we have fed for almost 4 years. Fluff’s real name is Japser and he belongs to a neighbor down the street. They take care of Fluff only when they feel like it. Well, I guess they’ve felt more like it lately because I am not seeing Fluff much right now. Instead, this little kitty is coming by now and then. We call it Creamsicle. Not sure if she caught me looking at her or I caught her looking at me.
– your choice: my little message board makes me happy. While my granddaughter Cady was visiting earlier in October, we decorated the board together. Found the felt board ghosts, pumpkins and haunted house at Citrus Creek shop on Etsy.
ISPY WEEK #93
– starts with R: my first elementary school, John D. Runkle in Brookline, Massachusetts. I did attend kindergarten at another school, Driscoll Elementary, because Runkle was under construction. But I attended Runkle for first through fifth grade. So enjoyed seeing it on our trip to Boston. Tears!! Happy, sentimental tears.
– band: we stayed at The Verb hotel in Boston. It bills itself as “the authentic rock & roll experience” where guests can “dive into music history steps from Fenway Park” [source]. The lobby was decorated like the Yellow Submarine and the entire hotel, guest rooms included featured museum-quality music memorabilia. This mural of the legendary Aretha Franklin belting out the names of numerous bands appears in the hall leading to the guest rooms.
– selfie – quarterly: it has been a long, hard year. And you can see that written on my face. This selfie was taken in a random red Adirondack chair sitting in an open area beside a busy street in Boston. Love the fall foliage in the background.
– your choice: one morning this week, as I stumbled downstairs to fix PC’s breakfast and lunch, I noticed how lovely the sunrise was slipping through the blinds on my loft windows. I got busy and forgot about going back up to snap a pic. But once PC was out the door, I grabbed my camera and took this picture. The lighting is kind of a morning version of the golden hour of early evening. Those intricately embellished pillows were a gift from Mustafa’s mom. They are almost glowing.
ISPY WEEK #94
– favorite: while perusing the shelves at Beacon Hill Books & Cafe, I came across an old friend and favorite book The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. First spotted the board book but then found the paperback version on another shelf. Had to buy it for my El Paso babies. It is such a timeless, touching story. Have you shared it with the little ones in your life?
– workspace – quarterly: my craft desk. Have been trying to finish scrapbooking our trip to South Padre Island the summer of 2021. Recently put my completed pages into an album which explains why nothing is on my easel (the 2-page black thing toward the back of the desk). I like my new orange office chair. Available in 8 colors. And it doesn’t twirl the entire time I am sitting in it.
Moving now from the iSpy challenge to Sunday Stills where Terri has announced the color prompts for the rest of the year. They are:
- October: Lava (black-brown, black, and/or orange)
- November: Leather (shades of brown)
- December: Cobalt (dark, rich blue)
And the prompts for October…
– 10.02.2022 dilapidated: while walking Ronalda, the subject of my next photo, I saw this broken down pick up with sun-bleached skull in the bed. Thought the “BEEF” sticker in the back window was kind of ironic.
– 10. 09.2022 monthly color challege, lava: my most recent client through Rover.com was this loveable part German shepherd-part chow chow, Ronalda. Her soft, thick coat was a auburn color in the bright sunlight and a deep, rich brown in the shade.
– 10.16.2022 fleeting moments: we never see squirrels in El Paso so this little fellow was a real treat. He scampered up to me thinking I had something to feed him, paused a moment waiting, then realized I didn’t and scurried away.
– 10.23.2022 glass: we wandered around Brookline Village, where I lived from 1962-1968, on Halloween morning during our trip to Boston. Although the residents there don’t have yards like we do in Texas, many of them came up with creative ways to decorate for the holiday. Including this haunting apparition peering out of the window glass in one apartment.
– 10.30.2022 mysterious: came across this eerie display while walking across Boston on Halloween. I am not sure what the message is exactly…that is the mysterious part. Girl power?? A comment on the Puritanical New England colonies?? A nod to The Handmaid’s Tale?? What do you see?
Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays
I have joined Marsha for her Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays a couple of times but would like to do so more consistently. If I can get more consistent at blogging, photography and in doing all the things again in life. Was happy to see her upcoming topics in an early October post so I could begin planning my photos and quotes ahead of time.
October topics for WQW
– 10.19.2022 cold weather tips:
Mittens tend to be warmer than gloves and offer better protection against the harsh weather. Unlike gloves, they generate more heat because mittens keep your fingers together.
~Gary Johnson, Biketoworkday.com
Apparently, this was old news to Lucia and Camila.
– 10.26.2022 holiday, Halloween/or writer’s choice or WOTY review:
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Autumn in Boston.
Whew, that’s a lot of photos!! What have you been photographing lately? Do you tend to take mostly family snapshots, selfies or photos of places you visit? My post seems to be divided among cute kids, cute animals and nature.
Thank you for stopping by. Whatever the rest of the week holds for you, I hope you stay happy and healthy.
Hugs and kisses,