You may have noticed that I use a white tea cup in a lot of my tea photographs. It’s because my “good china” is all white. We thought it was the best way to never get sick of our good dishes or see them become dated. They work in every season. We’ve been married 26 years and I’m still in love with them.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week hooked up with Kammie’s Oddball Challenge. It’s an opportunity to showcase photos that “don’t make the cut” because they don’t quite fit in any category, yet they exist because something of visual interest caught the eye of the photographer.
Today I had to reign it in a bit because I have lots of “oddball” photos. You should meet my family! Instead, I focused on subtle signs of people deep in the woods. (Don’t worry – I skipped the dead raccoon photo)! 😉
Relish being an oddball: Well-behaved, well-adjusted people are hopeless storytellers and, honestly, terribly boring.
Reaching my goal doesn’t prove what I’m made of. Not quitting when I get discouraged along the way, does.
On the first Wednesday of a month, Cee Neuner’s Mid-Week Madness Challenge is a macro photo. Her only stipulation is “please don’t give me bugs every week”. I’ve shared flowers and other things, but not usually bugs. I tend to give them a wide berth. But I was enthralled with this little lady who didn’t let her size discourage her from reaching her goal.
October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, the month of ripeness. It is the picture-month.
Henry Ward Beecher
Auntie M shared these pretty ornamental plants from her garden. These fast-growing perennials are called Japanese lanterns, Chinese lanterns, winter cherries, bladder cherries, or strawberry groundcherries.
The large, bright orange pods contain the fruits or seeds. They have a white flowers in July, which turn into green pods in August. By September, the pods transform into orange, which can become very deep over the winter. By Spring, the papery pods will break down, releasing their seeds for the new crop.
They can be invasive because they are very hardy and spread quickly, so while they provide excellent ground cover in a garden and colour in the Fall, they will need a firm hand.
These pods can be dried indoors and will provide colour and texture in arrangements for many months.