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Walking Squares 11.30.22

Just some photos I took while out walking. Anything with drops always gets my attention, even though drops aren’t as rare in Illinois as in Arizona.

I like the shape of these berries and the contrast between the dried leaf on the left and the berries.

Milkweed. What’s not to like? They contrast prickly and soft as well as attracting monarch butterflies. But they do reproduce rather quickly so if you have some, you’ll have to keep pulling up the new ones.

Walking Squares 11.29.22

Our friends in Illinois are having a house built in Northern Illinois so one day the two of them and I went there. It’s a beautiful spot. We left at 5 am so when the sun came up, we we were there to enjoy a lovely autumn sunrise.

It was cold, creating some lovely mist over a nearby lake.

It had warmed up by the time we got to this man-made waterfall. We didn’t stay too long as there were several groups of people having a good time and making lots of noise.

One of us spent the day manhandling a machine that chopped up everything in its path while two of us did a bit of sight-seeing. But we were all ready for lunch and a beer, the latter enjoyed at this former church now brewery. Unfortunately, they didn’t have their dark beer ready but I made do with an in-between brew. 🙂 All in all, it was a grand day. As you can imagine, none of us were up very late that night!

Jo’s Monday Walk 11.28.22

Walking Squares 11.28.22

One Word Sunday: stop

Walking Squares 11.27.22

I’m happy Becky’s back doing squares! I’ve missed that challenge. I have two photos as squares for todays’s walk but the other refused to go into a square without losing its fuzziness. Who was I to quibble?

Squares first.

Walking squares 11.25.22

Walking Squares…11.23.22

Wordless Wednesday

Jo’s walking and Becky’s back with her wonderful square challenge. Life is good. I’m back from my vacation with lots of photos and stories to share, so let’s start walking.

This trip was all about seeing friends but there was a lot of scenery too, autumn colors that I’d been craving. On the 2 1/2 day drive, I’d passed through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri before crossing the state line into Illinois. Especially in Missouri I drove through hundreds of miles of thousands of trees in their festive bronzes, oranges, reds, and a few luminous yellows. The day after I arrived, my friend and I drove to downtown Aurora, Illinois for coffee and friend time, starting at Endiro Coffee. Although I’m mostly a tea person and my coffee drinks are mochas or cappuccinos, Endiro serves what they call African Coffee (or tea): Easy on the espresso or black tea, lots of steamed milk and light and sweet masala spice. Once when our younger daughter and I were there, she had the African coffee which I tried and loved. That’s what I had this time.

Downtown Aurora has a rather nice river walk surrounded by lots of old, repurposed buildings. I love that they haven’t been torn down but are used just as they were.

I got my autumn color fix too.

It was a propitious start to my two-and-a-half week visit!

Jo’s Monday Walk 11.21.22

Walking Squares 11.21.22

One Word Sunday: face

Cellpic Sunday 11.20.22

…in Arizona aren’t the same as in other parts of the US. Yes, there are yellows and reds but not in the leaves generally, at least in the desert part of the state. But the beauty is real as you can see from these photos taken on my recent walk. I’m heading back to Illinois tomorrow (driving) so I’ll have a chance to see the “normal” colors of autumn (or fall as many of us call it.) I’ll get to see what October looks like in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois and then on the way back, November in the same states. Posting may be sporadic but the camera will be at work so eventually you’ll see what I see. In the meantime, be safe and have fun.

Jo’s Monday Walk 10.24.22

One Word Sunday: Orange

Cellpic Sunday 10.23.22