Following the theme for this week, Food, I decided to start at the shopping experience. So went to the big one; Costco. These two girls pretty much reflect my feelings about going grocery shopping, and the below photo is the feeling I have each time I turn the corner on an aisle.
Thanks goodness I have a husband who likes this sort of place so I don't have to go here too often!
Today the group's theme changes from Architecture to Food. I have encouraged Jon to inspire me with his cooking this week, and he certainly did this first day! This should be a tasty week!
I can not wait until spring really is here and we can get most of our veggies from the farmers' market. Until then Costco's Asparagus will do nicely!
As a final nod to Architecture, I also took some pictures of nature's building prowess. two small nests that made it through the winds, storms and snows of winter, and one of the many rodent tunnels that was used all winter, but collapsed when the ground thaws.
It was cold and rainy and I think I am coming down with a cold (Hmmm maybe hours photo'ing in the cold rain the other day wasn't so smart!) so I stayed very close to home for this day of theme challenge. In 365 days, they can't all be winners!
Today was rainy and dark, so I didn't have a lot of hope when I headed out to shoot. Boy was I wrong. I found a wonderful world of quiet and soft images.
I started with some full landscapes. I love how the silos and farms dot the landscape and are surrounded by minimalist landscape. The rain softened the atmosphere and views into shapes and edges that accent the curves of the roads and fields.
A couple of barns really caught my eye. You don't often see a black barn, but if you really look carefully you will see it was once red. The other grouping of barns retain their traditional red color.
More barns for the Architecture theme. This one is barely hanging on at the edge of town. Surrounded by a parking lot and houses, it stands as a reminder of what was. I really like the decay that has been allowed to gently progress. Below is a landscape that I took while photo'ing the barns. It is such a good portrait of exactly how the weather felt!
I love this barn. it is just on the other side of Mt. Horeb from us. I don't think it is used any more, but the painted silo and the colorful roof make me smile every time I pass it.
It was very cloudy (and still very cold!) today, but the sun found just enough space between the clouds to add a bit of glow to the top of the corn field.
Our theme right now is Architecture. I didn't actually take these within the last 24 hours, I took them while in VA last week, but I really liked them and didn't take the time to post until now! Big construction job going on right next to the Tai Kwan Do center we were at for Finn's graduation!
The sunset on the way home last night was cloudless, but colorful. After 15 hours of being in the car, it was mostly boredom that moved me to shoot these, but I am very glad I did. These are basically unedited with no color correction... just lucky sometimes!
Completely wore out my younger grandson tonight. He has some sneakers that light up when he runs, so I had him running up and down the street so I could get a light painting of his green shoe lights!
Tried catching the lights as we went through the toll booth on the way home... not well focused, but it is fun!
We are back at the 200 South Street Inn in Virginia, and it is a welcomed place when the wine and cheese appears after a long day of apartment searching!
Below is the back of the building we will be living in come July!
Thought I was going to miss today - its has been a busy day, but then we stopped at a roadside diner and I hit pay dirt.
It was so good of them to be dressed to echo the colors of the stripes and chairs. Taken surreptitiously with my phone.
Another day of movie themed photos... One more of Alfred's classics and one that might take a bit of thinking... take a guess
(answers at the end). The top one was shot and just a bit of contrast added for edits, the bottom is straight from the Camera.
bottom: From Russia with Love.
Our theme this week is "movies". So of course I had to go for Hitchcock right away. One collage illustration from 4 previous photos and one simple and straightforward picture. Hopefully the films they refer to are evident!
Still on the "about me" theme in the challenge. This is where most of our weekdays start! It doesn't always look this dramatic, but today there were some massive clouds and some editing involved!
Below is the year's first robin sighting. From the explosion on Facebook, it appears they came back north in mass yesterday!
It is said that in Wisconsin that there are only two seasons: Winter and Construction. Well here is evidence that winter is about over and the new season has begun!
The other evidence is that the ce fisherman have dispensed with the shanties and snowsuits, and are down to bucket stools and sweatshirts!
No talk about our family would be complete without these two. Meet Thurgood and George. Their charges may have left home to forge lives of their own, but T+G are still members-in-good-standing of our family!
Below are many of the family members who came before us and made us what we are.
Below are a few of the "wall photos" for you to see better. The top left is the opening day of the Sears store where my parents met (Dad is far left) and there are my parents in the Sears truck!
Below are my fraternal grandparents (Grandmother on left of group photo and Grandpa with the fish). I never met these hardy immigrants; so wish I had! On the below right is my family (I am the one on Dad's lap!)
I couldn't do a week of themes about myself without a picture of our "nests" where we find comfort every evening!
This has little to do with the theme of the group, other than I do love the bovines and will miss them a lot when we move from Wisconsin (no other state has cows, right?) After an afternoon of shooting spring pictures (see blog post for today) I was headed home and saw this view. loved it... and after all of the others moooved on, the white cow continued to watch me carefully. Magic Moment.
In keeping with the group's theme about 'me myself and I', here are two things that fill me up... one fills my heart, and the result of his activity fills my tummy.
The group has adopted a new theme this week... photos that tell something about you. Since tomorrow is the last day for a couple of shops, I thought I would showcase my sewing essentials first.
My trusty magnetic pin holder and my serging needles at work...
My all time favorite building is the Wisconsin State Capitol. I have loved this building since I was a kid and go to see it whenever I can.
I left it up to the fates as to whether I would get photos today... and there it was a parking place right outside the door. So in I went.
It was dark and gray today, but outside, she still was beautiful - even in the mirrors across the street (below)
I also checked to make sure our constitution was still there.
Some days I wonder.
Busy with accounting and taxes today, so just a quick shot on the back patio will have to do.
Edited a bit in PicMonkey.
Then this morning we had a spectacular sunrise! (below)