I've been sick the last week and while I'm feeling somewhat better, it still feels good to lay on the couch and do nothing.....
As I walked through the botanical garden today, I turned from photographing some moss on a rock and saw the sun highlighting this tree. Surrounded by shadows, it was glowing! The picture barely touches how gorgeous it was!
I went to lunch with Dan and we were commenting about how gorgeous the fall leaves were - we didn't need to go all the way to Vermont! :)
There was a row of these bright red maples in the parking lot of this office building and I loved the contrast of the red leaves against the blue glass. You can even see the clouds reflected in the glass.
Since returning from vacation, the quality of my photo subjects has suffered - mostly cuz I've been shooting them after 9pm at night and just pick the easiest thing.
Today I decided to put a little more thought and effort into my image. Thus, a fall still life.
When we arrived at the southern end of the state, it was pretty but nothing to write home about. There was certainly some fall color but not what I was expecting from other pics I'd seen. My reading said that the color starts north and gradually moves south, so I was hopeful that there would be more drama in the north where we were staying.
When we got to our condo, this was the panorama going up our hillside. (We stayed in timeshare that is a ski lodge.)
Every day as we drove down the hill, we'd come around this curve and the morning light just made these colors glow.
One of our day trips further north to Jeffersonville found more red on the hillsides, adding even more drama and color to the landscape.
We took a drive through the much ballyhooed Smugglers' Notch - a winding, narrow mountain pass road that was pretty for the juxtaposition of autumn color against rugged rock. However, there were SO many cars squeezing through that it was hard to appreciate the beauty of nature and keep from hitting another car!
More Groton Lake / Park
Cloudy skies so it must have been on Thursday. It's in Waterbury, the village closest to us and on the way up to Ben and Jerry's near Stowe.
I broke the photos up by category so you can browse them as you're interested. There's a post for leaves (this one), one for Indiana, one for Montreal, one for churches and one for bridges. I tried to pick just a representative sampling to give you an idea of all the great things we saw.
You can leave a comment on any or all of the posts - let us know what you think.....
Saturday we had breakfast with some childhood friends then went on a trip down memory lane, visiting the house he grew up in, the park in the middle of town, etc. Lots of changes - "where did XYZ go?", "that used to be ....", etc. Kokomo is a town of about 44,000 which is only a little bigger than greater Kingman but felt MUCH bigger - there were lots more restaurants and shopping. Friends told us it's probably because it serves as the service/shopping town for many smaller nearby towns whereas there was nothing near Kingman.
The reunion event was that night and we had a great time catching up with everyone and meeting new folks (me). Sunday morning we had breakfast with friends again then took off to Rockfield which is where Dan's mom grew up on the family farm. It's about an hour away in a town of a couple hundred people.
There used to be a big tree with a swing in it in this side yard - I have a photo of Adam swinging in it.
As we walked around the side of the house we saw .........
From here we headed to Indianapolis - although I've been to the Indy 500, I don't think we went through downtown because I don't remember it. It's really a pretty town. They've got a huge park/memorial area that covers several blocks with lots of open space but also some huge dramatic memorials.
Dan's demonstrating the tradition of kissing the bricks - these bricks are at the start line and from the original track laid in 1909. The track was originally tar and gravel but it was quickly discovered that wasn't firm enough. Over 3 million bricks of 9.5 lbs each were brought in to pave the track which is where it gets the name Brick Yard. Since then it's been covered with asphalt many times but the bricks are still in place - it would be like peeling back layers of wallpaper to discover the original wall.
I wish I'd remembered the way these posts work - this should actually have been the last one if I was trying for chronological story telling. But I started with bridges, consequently it's the last post in this series. Ah well, I'm sure you can all follow along and get the general gist of the trip. Next is our trip to Montreal which actually came in the middle of the week....
We started the day at the botanical garden (sure am lucky Dan doesn't mind traipsing all over these gardens with me!), the furthest north part of the city we wanted to visit.
The Chinese garden was featuring this collection of lighted figures and all the buildings were strung with lights. We decided to come back at the end of the day to get some pics of the garden lit up.
Olympic Park adjoined the garden so we walked over to this structure and rode up an outside funicular to the top observatory for great views of all of Montreal - hazy though. Then we headed downtown - we wanted to see old town, Notre Dame and the Plaza des Spectacles which I'd read about. We took the subway so we wouldn't have to worry about trying to park downtown.
The skyline from the car as we crossed the bridge into the city.
A cool church near the Plaza des Spectacles - you won't see any pics of that because it was decidedly unspectacular! There was nothing to see really, an art museum, a small plaza of steps where people sat about, a bland amphitheater (probably cooler if there was an event), so no pics there.... on to Notre Dame and old town.
Huge and ultra grandiose, the inside of the cathedral ($5 ea entry fee) was amazing but VERY dark. I'm very surprised my shots turned out at all. It took a little photoshop enhancement to pull out the details, but you get a decent idea of the elaborate detail inside. Celine Dion was married here.
Notre Dame is the 3rd building.
By the time we finished dinner it was time to take the subway back to the garden for the night lights. The garden was PACKED! It was like being at an amusement park and shuffling along from ride to ride. Luckily I had packed our tripod so we were able to get a few decent shots.
The only snafu of our trip occurred as we were leaving Montreal. It was about 9pm and we got on the freeway okay but missed a turnoff to the freeway that crosses the river. One way their freeway system is different is that there aren't mirror entrances/exits - so there was no way to turn around an get back on the freeway. We wandered around the neighborhood following little freeway arrows for 40 minutes. Finally stopped at a McDonalds (the first open business we came across) for directions. He told us go out of parking lot and turn left, follow signs. We got out of parking lot and immediately saw a sign that pointed right. We went right and within a mile or so finally got back on the right freeway. Then it was a couple hours to home. Definitely a long day!