Wednesday, October 30, 2013


This was the view

Coming in on the back road last night.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Uh... Who owns this house?


Puddling shears with a cat... Bad idea!

I think she just lets me live here!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


This is my little deck for Autumn

Not much but nice to look out at.
I have more out front.

You'll notice the feeder is empty again.
That's because the Midwestern Pig-Snouted Sparrows
have done their job so well!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Barn

Well... I found the road. It is not on the map.
There is a big sign that says "Private Property"
But it did not say...
"No Trespassing"

So in I went... do do do do 
( ♪Enter Halloween music ♫ )

Everything on this road was fenced and gated

There are three separate properties

all looking pretty affluent

and then this guy

I have no idea what this is... Buffalo? Bison? Big Cow?

I was finally brave enough to get up to the fence to take this shot.
It is not the ideal day for picture taking. Very overcast.

Here is the view from the opposite side of the original picture.
This is on a road I know but I never connected this barn with the original picture because of the shape.
In the original the silo is behind the barn giving it the unique shape that sparked my interest in the first place. 

Mystery solved!!

click on the pics

Friday, October 18, 2013

This shot was taken several weeks ago.

It is the view from the side of the road near my little subdivision.
A very pretty view no matter what time of year. 
For a long time I have been wondering where that little barn (in the middle) was because 
I have not seen it on the back roads that I know.

You must understand the roads in Lake County Illinois do not follow the grid pattern.
They are twisty and turny, go one direction then another.
Needless to say when I moved up here I got lost a lot.


I decided to find that barn.
I think I have discovered which little twisty road to take. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Another lucky accident

I took this picture my usual way.
On the fly, cell phone sticking out the car window.

Of course it's blurry!
But the sky was so beautiful and the blur creates
a water color effect with no post processing.
Pretty enough to share, I think...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Note Card Party ~ Coral Reef

Expanding on the Shedd Aquarium visit. 
I thought these would make nice Note Cards for Vee's monthly Note Card Party.

This last photo was posted a few days ago along with some pictures of "The Jellies"
Scroll on down to see those. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013


I have been on a self imposed break from anything that 
plugs into the wall or has to be charged.
(That includes the vacuum)

Enjoying the glorious weather.

Here are a few more shots from my Chicago visit.

This is one of my favorite spots since I was a kid.
The skyline has changed a lot since then.

The boats will be gone soon. It was a beautiful day for sailing.

Millennium Park used to be an ugly old rail yard

This sculpture is affectionately called "The Bean"

Who's that?

This fountain is really cool at night when the images are easy to see.

The eyes blink and facial expressions change.
Water is actually pouring over the image.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sea Monsters

I'm off work this week and the weather is glorious!

Yesterday I took a ride to the city and visited
the Shedd Aquarium.

The Jellies

My favorite to watch is the sea horse. 

This was a real challenge 
Low light, no flash, moving target, through glass.

I finally took out my cell phone to shoot these.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time gone by...

I went on a short trip to central Illinois and accidentally stumbled on this delightful little church.

I missed my turn and had to turn around so went down a side street in this little town.

There is was. 

I wish I could have gone inside but there was no one there.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


I went to the shelter to donate
some things my little diva won't eat or use. 

I almost came home with this!!