Gentle rain and summer break

rain drops on ferns

A soft, gentle rain is falling as I write this, the sound of the raindrops hitting my roof almost lulling me to sleep.  It’s a quiet summer evening that begs for relaxing with a good book. 

During August I think my own personal challenge, photographically, is going to be black and white images.  These last couple of days I have fallen in love all over again with the subtle shades of gray, the textures, the shapes, the crispness of monochrome. Plus, I keep coming back to that 50mm lens – and I know several of you understand why.  That lens plus monochrome equals my idea of a fun. 

For the August Break, hosted by Susannah Conway, I’ll be sharing only some images from
my archives and few words.  Thanks to technology, most all of my posts
are already scheduled and will appear about three times a week.  I’ll be
hovering around, but just not doing my normal blog post stuff.  

That book is calling to me…and I think some chocolate, too.  Enjoy your August!

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point from below

It is a fabulous experience to see your own children in their own home, in their place of belonging.  I find it difficult to describe to you just how that feels in my heart, but it is a beautiful thing indeed.

Last week we were able to spend some time with our son and visit the places he and his wife love to go to.  Southern Illinois has the Shawnee National Forest, and that is one of the main reasons my son and daughter-in-law choose to stay there.  Inspiration Point is one of their favorite places.

On top of Inspiration Point

The view from the top is breathtaking.  You can see the shadows off in the distance made by the clouds that float above.  On that windy day in the warm sun we enjoyed the view that truly is…inspiring.