Well, at least here on my side of the globe it is. While I know to everything there is a season, I feel a bit extra melancholy to see summer go this year. My late spring happened with a bang (and a broken bone which severely cut into my awesome summer sandal wearing time) and my summer was filled with busy busy busy, not enough time for fun, and some extremely stressful moments. Autumn is beautiful because the leaves all turn such beautiful colors, the pumpkin returns as pie, ice cream, cookies, bread and more; and the temperatures cool down which makes being outside and sleeping with the windows open much more enjoyable.
I will miss the bees, flowers, swimming pools, sundresses, sandals, and basking in the sun but it is what it is and how it should be. Now if I could just skip over the next season it would be great because I am NOT a fan of that cold season that shall not be named ;)
There’s a chill in the air, the children are back in school, and the swimming pools have all closed. Now instead of looking forward to picnics and the 4th of July there are Halloween costumes and even – gasp – Christmas decorations in some stores (they are ridiculous with how early they put these things out!) But it was fun while it lasted to ride the carousel and wave to your loved ones as you rode round and round.
The Central Park Carousel in New York will be closing in October for the season but during this past summer it was wonderful to be there.
I noticed that almost all of the bicycles in NYC had these very heavy chains on them to lock them up tight while their owners were at work or wherever they were. First thing that struck me was how many of them were; how many people got too and fro in Manhattan on a bike! And secondly, no one used any of the bike chains I’m used to seeing. Nope! None of those wimpy encased in protective rubber sheaths chains here. We are talking industrial strength locks and chains here, folks. While converting this image to black and white I started to think about songs with the word chain/s in them. Here’s what I came up with – can you add any?
Chain of Fools – The Chain – Rare and Precious Chain – Ball & Chain – Back on the Chain Gang – Chains – Chain Gang (different singer and song than Back on the Chain Gang) – Chain Lightning – Unchain my Heart
The First Parish Church Congregational church steeple in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday everyone. Peace be unto you – Teri
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them…” Matthew 18:20
When you’re in Key West. Well, at least when you are on Duvall Street in Key West. No, I did not go to any of these bars but that’s not to say that I was a teatotaler while I was there. Come to think of it, I don’t think I had any tea at all when I was there ;)
(Some of you may – or may not – recall the Smallest Bar image as it has been posted before. It asked to be included with it’s fellow libation servers. Remember! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere)
The green flash! I first heard of this optical phenomenon when in Jamaica some years ago. While on one of those big sailboats for the – ahem – booze cruise as they were commonly called in Negril, our tour guide told us about “the green flash” and if the clouds and atmospheric conditions were in our favor we would be able to see one. Well we all lined up on the port side of the boat and watched as the sun took it’s leave and sank into the ocean. And then – poof – there it was for just a split second. Everyone on the boat cheered and went back to enjoying the ride back to the resort.
That was the first time I had ever truly taken the time to watch a sunset (which by the way seemed really fast) and I’m pretty sure I took pictures of it; at least I think I did. I know there are pictures of the divers at Rick’s Cafe but the rest is a tad blurry. Since then I have been in pursuit of the green flash; determined to get a good shot of it. Sadly it has not happened yet. This image was taken one night in Key West, Florida as I patiently waited and ran off quite a few shots in anticipation of it showing up. It didn’t this night or any of the following nights. As Captain Ahab in pursuit of Moby Dick – my hunt continues!
Please share in the comments below what you are determined to capture.