When I saw that the theme this week at “I Heart Faces” is “Happiness”, I thought immediately of my sweet granddaughter. She is such a happy little girl full of smiles and she brings loads of happiness to others! This before bedtime shot of her trying to get just a few more giggles out of her day is perfect for this challenge:
It’s all about pets this week at I Heart Faces with their “Furry Pet Faces” Photo Challenge. With five pets in the house, which one would I choose? Actually, none of them, as one of my favorite pet pictures is of a relative’s sweet kitty. Boo Boo looks lost in thought in this pic with those big blue eyes of his. Oh, and did I mention that I discovered him in this pose laying on my DINING ROOM TABLE?!!! But who could get upset with him with that sweet face of his?!!
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Last night, the low here in southeastern Michigan plunged into the mid-20’s. Knowing temps like that would kill off all my remaining flowers, I went out into the yard in the afternoon to save whatever was still blooming. There was enough for a small but colorful arrangement. I’ve had a vase full of fresh flowers from the garden in my house since the daffodils and grape hyacinths popped out of the ground in the spring. I sure am going to miss being able to pick pretty flowers as we go through our long Michigan winter! But I’ll look forward to the first flowers of spring, hepatica and bloodroot, that emerge in my woodland garden in April. Spring is my favorite season of the year and it can never come soon enough for me!!!
In November, most of the colorful autumn leaves have fallen to the ground and the predominant color in the landscape is a drab shade of brown. But on closer examination, that drab brown can be quite beautiful with many different shades adding interest. These old oak leaves were still hanging on to the branches and they were anything but drab with the setting sun adding a golden glow to them:
One doesn’t usually think of purple when they think of fall colors so at first I figured that this would be one “Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge” week that I would skip. The challenge colors for the four weeks of October were green, yellow, orange and red, all colors that we think of when we think of beautiful fall foliage. But purple?!!! Then it hit me: ASTERS!!! Asters bloom in the fall and asters are various shades of PURPLE!!! As an added bonus, asters attract bees and butterflies! So here are some photos featuring the color purple, mostly asters, and all with a special visitor. The first is of a beautiful giant swallowtail in a pretty clump of asters. The giant swallowtail lives up to its’ name: it’s the largest swallowtail in the Midwest with a wingspan between 5 & 6 inches!
Red comes in a close second behind yellow as one of my favorite shades of autumn. I think of brilliant red maple leaves and bright red berries, such as the ones I’ve captured in the pictures below. This trio was hanging out together on the maple tree in my backyard:
While hiking a trail in Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I spotted this red leaf trapped in the Tahquamenon River. Its’ vibrant color stood out from the browns and golds of the riverbank:
I stumbled across a fun photo challenge going on right now called “Shades of Autumn”. Each week a different color is featured and this week’s color is yellow. Yellow, sunshiny and happy, has always been at the top of my list of favorite colors. As a teenager, I chose a yellow bedroom set to surround myself in mellow yellow. Today, my gardens are filled with loads of bright yellow flowers. Here are some of my favorite photos that feature this cheerful color:
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