The skies were blue, the clouds were that gorgeous puffy white with tints of lavender, the camera batteries were charged, the SD cards were empty, the gas tank was full and I was on my way to enjoy a "Sunday drive in the country." It's too bad most people seem to be in such a hurry on a Sunday afternoon, in such a hurry that there were many times I wanted to pull over to the side of the rode to snap a shot of something I spied, but a car was so close on my "tail" that if I stopped, there would definitely be an accident report to be filed.
We have been blessed this year with an extra-long Fall...but I knew that this week would surely mean the end of most of the colors. And looking out the window this morning confirms that fact. The wind is blowing with the leaves whirling about, falling quickly from the branches that held them since early Spring. How quickly we march from Season to Season. But yesterday was a photographer's dream day. I decided to return to Redbud Creek Farm, a nursery in Sheridan, IL about a 45 to 50 minute drive, plopped in the middle of the countryside which I knew should be stunning. I was on the look-out for some barns since I haven't been on a barning trip lately. Since I had to move my husband from the Memory Care Facility to a nursing home, my barn trips have been few & far between. Not only do I miss the Memory Care Facility, but I also miss those drives I relished after my visits. Unfortunately I didn't see many camera worthy barns (not only am I a pumpkin snob, but I must be a barn snob too...snort) and a couple that I did see, the car on my tail prevented me from stopping.
Today my gratefulness is all about my Sunday drive....there were so many sweet shots that I have combined a few of my favs in this collage provided by my blogging friend, Barb from "Keeping With The Times"....she is talented & generous and shares her talents with us all....and for that I too am grateful.
And btw (by the way), those shoes I have on in the leaf image are the best....they are Sketchers Go Walk, the most comfortable shoes I own. Last month at book club our hostess had on a pair in grey and someone complimented her on shoes...she told us then how comfortable they were. So me, always looking for comfort immediately went out and bought 2 pair, black & white, and thinking about adding another color or two. They come in a ton of colors and fabrics. You will be grateful I told you about them.
"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." ~Carol Bishop Hipps, "October,"In a Southern Garden, 1995
Until next time.....