Friday, October 31, 2014

Changes In The Air

‘Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature.  It will nurture your mind, body, and soul.’     Anthony Douglas Williams
 ‘In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks.’  -  John Muir

I have spent some time outside this past week enjoying the good weather.  There was some rain, but all in all it was a beautiful fall week. 

My daughter, husband and I went to Glen Helen Nature Preserve on Sunday.  The weather was beautiful and there were still some fall colors to look at.  When my pictures didn’t have much color, I used Kim Klassen’s Lightroom preset autumncopper which added more fall color.

We have been outside working in the yard too, raking leaves and pruning trees.  While I was raking, I noticed there were two purple coneflowers, a little worse for wear, but still there.  I normally don’t take pictures of flowers past their prime, but I thought these deserved a photo.

We are going to get our first taste of winter tonight with freezing temperatures and a little wet snow, just in time for Trick or Treat tonight in our city.  In our part of Ohio they stagger the Trick or Treat nights so each suburb has kids Trick or Treating on a different night.  Since the weather will be bad tonight, we went to a neighboring city to Trick or Treat last night.  So my daughter already has her candy and if it is nice, she gets to Trick or Treat twice.  This is the first year we have done this, I felt like we were cheating somehow, but we did have fun.  My daughter dressed up as a window washer and put blue Gatorade in a Windex bottle to squirt in her mouth.  Oh to be a kid again...

Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds.  My images were textured with Kim Klassen's textures painterly and thursday2014.  This week I found beauty in nature, which really isn’t hard to do.

If you celebrate Halloween have safe and fun night!
Thank you for stopping by!!
Have a great weekend!!

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  1. So much gorgeousness in your photos, as always!
    My fav quote by John Muir too. :)
    Have a spooktacular day.

  2. Lovely photos. The cone flowers sum up the season for me: it's a little bit of summer still struggling through autumn. My roses have woken up and are blooming like it's springtime over here in London. They look very odd with the autumn colours. Happy Halloween! Bonny

  3. Love your autumn shots. Kim's copper preset IS great to boost some fall tones. Your coneflowers are marvelous. I have some just now opening. I hope they survived our 39 degrees last night.

  4. Beautiful fall tree images! Happy Halloween!

  5. Oh, such lovely autumn scenes! And there's always something special about finding a flower this late in the season. Happy Halloween! {Our Trick-r-Treat is tonight, too, with a forecast similar to yours.}

  6. Looks like you all had a wonderful time ...gorgeous autumn photos, Michelle !
    Lovely captures of the coneflowers ... perfect wabi-sabi !
    Happy Halloween !

  7. Oh your fall week sounds just lovely. I enjoy being outside in the fall with a cooler fresh air to breathe. It is so invigorating. Love your photos today, and the wabi-wabi coneflowers. Mine have been gone for a while now, but I did have some late blooming cosmos that I cut just a few minutes ago to save from the frost. Congratulations on winning over at Kim's!!! Have a nice weekend.

  8. Love the window washer idea, very original. I also love flowers past their prime. The weather is suppose to be bad here too.

  9. Beautiful park and those wabi sabi-flowers ... lovely tones!

  10. The autumn colours in your images are wonderful! and I totally LOVE the coneflower!

  11. What a clever costume for your little girl! Wish I could see her all dressed up with her squirt bottle full of Gatorade. Great idea to stagger the Trick-or-Treating . . . though resisting two hauls of candy would be difficult for us! Love your autumn photos - and Kim's preset really set them off nicely. Your first picture, with the streaming light and lens flares, makes me grateful to live in an area with seasons - beauty around every turn.

  12. Michelle,
    Your pictures display all the colors of this glorious season, and I'm still holding on to it as long as I can. Nature is my favorite place to be, as it grounds me and brings me peace. That sounds like such a cute costume your daughter wore. Would loved to have seen it. Living in a new neighborhood with only a few homes built so far, we only got one trick-or-treater.

    Happy November, my friend.


    by the way, I adore the Aristotle quote.

  13. Your little straggly flowers are so pretty. I bet they would look great in sepia.