Leave-taking and beauty in the wilds

Leave-taking is always bittersweet when it is a long-time friend who is often more family than actual family. I’ve spent a lovely nine days in the Midwest in marvelous company, been fed delicious food, gone out and about, and now am sitting in the airport waiting to return home via Chicago. The trip in was amazingly beautiful – plains sunrises are gorgeous and relatively unobstructed. The sky was scattered with the dazzling diamond star light as I tossed my bags in the back and we had good coffee and conversation on the drive to the airport, musing on the unfolding delights that the sky was presenting us en route.  With the scent of Pumpkin Latte in the air, I snapped this back-lit grassy sunrise with my cell phone outside of the Barista’s purview 🙂

Grass and air

Grass and air

One of the best features of my trip was the opportunity to sit in her garden and watch the amazing activity present, and that often included the circle of life and death.  I muse on why we get sad when a butterfly bites the dust, but not a locust 🙂  While the majority of my hundreds of photos are riding in the belly of the plane inside my Nikon, my dear friend pandered to my immediate gratification need and loaned me her point and shoot so I could garner some posting photos to share.  Sweet camera, I really liked it once I got the hang of no viewfinder.  We don’t have this genus of butterfly in my neck of the woods, so I wore out the card snapping this one and its buddy.


The underside of this Buckeye beauty


So here is a sneak peek of some of the beautiful garden photo opportunities that came along.  It wasn’t ever a lack of things to photograph, but rather a decision of what to snap first!

I am thankful for the opportunity to visit, to embrace actual Fall (which hasn’t arrived at my home place yet), and break bread and share silences with people who love me and whom I love.

Todah T & K, one of my homes away from home.

~SE (making useful time of waiting in Concourse B)

  9 comments for “Leave-taking and beauty in the wilds

  1. October 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Our pleasure, my sister! And you certainly got the hang of that point and shoot! Fantastic shot. 🙂

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    • October 19, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      I had a good teacher 🙂 Now to see the rest of the babies in hiding! Thank you for the kind words – as you know, timing is everything (and oodles of deleted shots, haha!)

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  2. October 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    That’s an amazing picture!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      It probably felt stalked 🙂 I shot photos every six ways from Sunday of those poor guys/gals! Thank you 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Randstein
    October 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    None of my butterflies trust me to get close enough to take a picture. I guess word gets around, I’m a sneezer.

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  4. alfredsalmanac
    October 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Great pictures. Pleased you have had a nice relaxing time. Welcome back. We have missed your posts :]

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Thanks Paul. Life just keeps kickin’ my tush! I’ve a new conundrum to deal with, maybe I’ll post about sometime this weekend. Cheers!

      Liked by 1 person

      • alfredsalmanac
        October 24, 2014 at 6:26 AM

        Sorry to hear that. Heres hoping you can figure things out 👍

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