Carrying Me Along

In the same way that this little leaf got carried along by this big leaf during the storms and flooding yesterday, I feel carried by you.

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My WP journey has lasted over 3 years and a big part of my happiness here has been getting to know you through visits to your blogs.  It is truly my intention to spend a lot more time virtually hanging out with you … in 35 days!  I can’t wait!

Thank you for your support and encouragement!

Rojo!

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Don’t you just love the vibrance of RED?

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And how about the luminence of yellow and orange?

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!

(and Joe – I swear I’d taken these before you started your incredible Wonder of Autumn series.  Blogger friends – if you haven’t seen that series, please visit The Visual Chronicle)

Brilliant!

This image, but in black and white, is my contribution to Monochromia today.

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And you can see the B&W image here, too …

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Hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend!  I’ll be catching up on chores, checking out your blog posts, watching the Hokies play Carolina, and of course spending a little time on the bike!

After the Storm

Once the thunder, lightning, wind, and rain are gone, there is a calmness on the lake that lures me back outside.  Within minutes, my feet are in the water and the camera is in my hand.

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I loved the larger view of this image because of the movement, color, and designs on the water, but I just had to crop the photo a bit so the raindrops floating along in the curve of this leaf were more visible.

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Neglected

Soon, very soon, I’ll get to those leaves.  They’ve been neglected, but at least this year I have an excuse! 🙂

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The shadows of the tree on the house caught my eye this morning,

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as did the layers of leaves.

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Fall Back to Summer

I love that the colors of summer still shine brightly against the beauty of the changing leaves. 

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As Alys counts down to Halloween, I count down to this weekend’s ride!

Three Days!!

Building Confidence for Dexter

As I walked out of the office at the end of the day, my mind was focused on the pending photography shoot of a friend’s elderly dog.  I was feeling a bit apprehensive, not having had much experience with animal photography.  Dexter is much loved and will soon not be with us.   Adding to that apprehension was the fact that I wasn’t very happy with the photos I’d taken the day before.

When climbing into the truck, I saw the sun shining through these leaves.  The colors were so like fall … in the beginning of June.  As soon as I pressed the shutter, I knew I’d be happy with the result.  In fact, I really couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I posted all three!

And that was just the boost of confidence that I needed to go visit Dexter.

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I’m not sure I captured the personality of this sweet old boy.  What is it about a dog?  No matter how much in pain or how hard it is to get around, a dog will still wag that tail and try to make the people around him happy.

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What a guy!  I’m so glad I met him.

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