Coloring Within the Lines

I’ve been busy with the little piece of demon-tech I call my phone.  I still maintain having a toler/hate relationship with the plastic bastard…but he does have a bit of charm.

It’s all in his lens.

The leaves are turning here in guitar-town.  I figured I’d share a bit of pretty with you guys today…

A color through the windscreen



My pictures are still ‘prune-y’

I manage to take a shot like this a couple of times a year.  There’s just something about the wooziness of water on the glass of the windshield of my  car that screams “YES” to my photographic eye.  I love the way the water wrinkles the shot.









A Rust and red leaves




Before you get the thought that everything is wet & gloomy, however…here’s another favorite of my settings.  The iron fence surrounding the big cemetery in town always provides an interesting foreground when fall colors come out.






A Black berries



Someone with more knowledge of plant life is gonna have to tell me what these berries are.  They’re pretty to look at, contrast nicely against the pink leaves, but I’ve no idea what they’re called…outside of photogenic…







a Tall grasses


The people who planned out the decorative elements of the Fox River Walkway loved this prairie grass – it’s everywhere.  It grows long and proud up here, and gives the walkway users a touch of separation between the walk and the downtown parking areas.  It also photographs nicely when backed by the sun.









A Through the Ring





Decorative iron is so much fun to use in photography.  This is also taken along the Fox River Walkway.









a heart in spiderweb


Am I the only one who see the heart in the middle of this spiderweb?  I’m guessing if the spider who wove this had more time, and good command of the English language, he’d have finished with with an “I” above the center, and “Flies” underneath.


8 thoughts on “Coloring Within the Lines

    • I think you’re right – it’s buckthorn, and an invasive species here, too…brought in as an ornamental shrub, it goes wild and chokes out the natural plant species through sucking up all the light and it actually has a chemical it releases into the soil to retard the growth of other plants.

      I wonder, though…is it that terrible a plant? Does it provide sustenance to herbivores native to the area? If an invasive species can contribute to the natural food chain in it’s invaded habitat, I’d not consider it a harmful addition to the local ecology. It’s just survival of the fittest.

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      • I just googled the plant – it is a source of winter food – a last choice for the birds. But pollinators love it, and therefore insect-eating birds are attracted to the tree.

        Yeah, while I understand that invasive species can and do upset established habitat, I always bear in mind that it is a human designation. Case in point: commercial fishermen on the Great Lakes are plotting against the cormorant, claiming the birds are ravaging the fish population. My argument is yours: survival of the fittest. However, in this case, “follow the money” and you’ll see you will win this war.

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