Fall is Stuck in First Gear

Fall is sputtering to a start here in northern Ohio. I had hoped to visit a rural park to capture the birch trees, which are early changers I often miss. The day is just too damp and windy to justify the trip as a photo opportunity. For all I know, the leaves may not have turned yet. I’ve only noticed the canopies and other sun-soaked sections of sugar maples starting to change color here.

Sugar maple is undoubtedly my favorite fall tree. It lingers in changing color. I’ve seen yellow, orange and red all on the same tree, depending on how much sun the leaves have received. The sugar maples on the border of a forest have red leaves where they face the outside world. The ones sheltered in the middle of the forest are mostly yellow during this change. Whatever their color, they are all beautiful to me.

Saturday Photo Walk

I love the serenity of the Allen County Children’s Garden in Lima, Ohio. I’ve been visiting this place for 16 years. I’m happy to share some of the sights I enjoyed there today.

I Believe in Magic

Red Geranium, Allen County Children’s Garden, Lima, Ohio

Every once in a while, I take a picture that proves to me that the world is indeed a good place. I see that I am not a fool to believe there is magic here.

In writing, I struggle to show rather than tell. This problem is absent in photography. There is only show and no tell.


I tried to return to the wetlands today, but a insect pollen party blocked my path. I didn’t want to invade their gathering any further, so I lingered on the scene for a few moments and went back home.

Hobbies of Yore

Our cat Fian, who was known by many names, the best of which was Deep and Sir Darketh.

I’ve heard that there is tension between time and creativity, and I wish I could give proper credit to the author of this notion: when you have lots of time, you have few ideas, but when you have no time, you are taunted by all kinds of ideas you’d explore if you had the time. Alas, I do not remember where I first heard or read about this truth of life.

Digital scrapbooking is a hobby I tried back when I had lots of time but little inspiration. I had a secondhand computer, a borrowed point-and-shoot camera and free scrapbooking software. My daughter and I would assemble digital pages with our pictures and free templates.

This is one of many things I wish I had the time to explore again. I wish I had the time to crochet afghans, knit hats, create collages, etc. Then I consider that this wish arises from pressure on my time. When I had more time, I spent lots of it wondering what to do and feeling guilty that I’d wasted it.

I remember that my daughter helped me choose the pictures for this page. Notice that she chose a plush with embroidered eyes to represent herself, too. She still has fine taste in such matters.
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