Bewitching Bygones

There was an antique show locally this past weekend that I was invited to attend. And given my fascination with nostalgia and the unusual, I could not pass up the opportunity. The variety of objects on display was delightful, ranging from pins and rings to sewing desks, dishes, and books. It was heaven. The photo selections are some of the items I was enamored by, and unfortunately, nothing was cheap enough to follow me home, despite the temptation.

Day Trippin'

My grandma has been wanting to go shopping in Brown County for awhile. So, yesterday, my mom, my sister, my grandmother, and I carpooled south for the day. Typically, Brown County is the Indiana "go see" tourist destination in autumn because the hills are peppered with gorgeous trees. But, we ended up going in the middle of the week on a dreary, cold day that did nothing to enhance the scenery. This was genious. Under different circumstances, the shops would have been impossible to move in due to all the tourists, and let's not forget that we would have had to park miles away. The afternoon was spent lunching, meandering through shops, and of course, taking random pictures.

This was my discovered treasure of the day. I am a sucker for old, odd junk. This ring was lurking in an antique jewelry store for only six dollars. On the band are etched a giraffe, rhinocerous, zebra, and parts of an elephant and a lion where it's welded together. Needless to say, it followed me home.

The Pumpkin Patch

For my nephew's birthday, my sister-in-law took us all to the pumpkin patch. We got to eat around a campfire, watch all my nieces and nephews play in the bounce house and ride ponies, then we hopped on a wagon that took us out to the field to pick our pumpkins. There were tiny little green ones, and some so big we could hardly carry them. I picked a nice round one, then followed the munchkins around and snapped some photos of them running through the burrs and weeds. From the pumpkin patch, we could even see the windfarm my hubby built. If I hadn't been so delirious from the drive home from Minnesota the night before, I might have taken more pictures, but these will just have to do. :-)

Minnesota Mini Break

This week my husband got called to attend a wind turbine safety certification class in Minnesota, so we hopped in the jeep and drove a day north. We decided that while we were there, we might as well make a mini break out of the trip. He only had one day to sightsee, and since the trip was last minute we did not get a chance to see what there was even to do in Minneapolis. As a default, we went to the Mall of America, which was just like any other mall only bigger. The cool part was the aquarium. The following day while he was in class, I got to explore the city. I found a sculpture garden early in the morning, the Stone Arch Bridge by the river front, and Como Conservatory. Free tourism is the best kind. If I was not so exhausted from driving all night to get home for my nephew's birthday party, I might elaborate on the awesomeness of my trip, but for now I'm going to post some of my favorite pictures and head to bed.

Land of Make Believe II

Autumn must be the most wonderful season of the year. The air is cool and crisp with a slight breeze. The sun is warm, but not overwhelming. And nature is turning into something glorious. After spending an afternoon basking in the beauty of fall by snapping pictures of the harvest and drying plant life, I decided to make an autum edition of the Land of Make Believe.

Ever After

Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to photograph Andy and Anne with their unborn child. We were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous day to play with. The shoot started in a local park's flower garden, moved to the playground, and finally ended in an autumn withered field of wildflowers. One of our priorities, because Anne is a librarian and avid reader, was to capture a moment of the couple reading to the baby. And I love how they all turned out!

What are the odds that a swing on the playground would say "miracle"?