Today it is cloudy, the leaves are slightly bouncing up and down. The weather is deciding shall it rain or just stay gray. Yesterday was quite the opposite, a glorious day. As I stood in line at the local handy stop store the people’s eyes were beaming with delight and they commented on it being a spectacular day. Autumn – it’s here!
Windy days present problems when one wants to take photo captures. No matter how still your camera is the foliage waves back and forth. Nature has its way of not being very cooperative. But the vibrant colors are streaming throughout the woods and this coming weekend I suggest everyone take advantage of it now!
The lake was especially windy at the dock. I decided to park the bicycle and have a quick-lunch. A couple pulled up their trailer and regardless of the wind decided to embark onto the rough water with kayaks. Two other cyclists stopped to watch the activity and then took off onto the trail. Although it not being a spectacular day for taking many captures I decided to post a few to get you into the spirit of what to expect on the trails and into the woods this coming weekend.
The bright yellow sunflowers in the backyard have faded and fallen by chipmunks and squirrels. They jumped upon the long stalks to harvest its seeds. The sunflowers were grown for wildlife to appreciate as well as for my own backyard pleasure. This season has been especially unpredictable with unheard of warm spells, however, the tomato plants are still active. Autumn colors have not transpired like last years glorious displays. Perhaps it is due to the lack of rainfall. I remembered going out in a rain shower for a walk and able to enjoy the landscapes. I enjoy Autumn when nature progresses each week to winter. It is time to take the bicycle out for a tour and analyze what nature has in store for me to capture.🙂
Working on a patio table is a very difficult task. The umbrella sticks up from the center of the table making maneuvering sticks of lumber to be cut by a circular saw almost impossible. However, it is possible to make a cabinet on it by using a pallet of wood and adding a panel of plywood. This was my very first attempt other than the garden box on constructing anything with wood. A few months ago I cut up many wood pallets into strips of wood, stained it ebony on one side and painted white on the other. I have a stack to make creations and decided to customize the size of this box for T-shirts. The end goal is to make a row of boxes from floor to ceiling with this pallet wood face finish. Other cabinets will be finished off with smooth birch wood panels. Undoubtedly, I found myself working in very awkward positions and added too many screws by trying to figure out how to pull it all together. I added magnetic hardware so the door will pop open upon pressing on it and snaps closed. The next trip to the hardware store means finding adequate trim to finish the face off and unfortunately the metal tabs will have to be removed for its installation. Already I started to frame out the next box for my jeans and found it to be allot easier. It would also be grand to construct a work table on heavy duty metal wheels, hmmmm.
The garden box was crowded this summer. My first attempt planting led to overcrowding of plants but next season I will plan to start earlier and expand to more garden boxes. The tomato plants were healthy but late in blooming. I surrounded the garden box with an organic ‘Giant Sunflower’ variety because they compliment a garden. Here are some captures of my sunflower friends.
For many years this old-time vintage service station sits empty and boarded up. Next to it is a highway maintenance operation. Perhaps it could be owned by the government. Regardless of ownership this building would make a great food establishment, gallery, cafe with a book store combination! So sad to see it empty and not thriving.