Flowers, Trains, Football?

Black eyed Susan

Barry looks over my shoulder at the computer yesterday.  We peer at photos.

He says, “Hey, Kathy, aren’t you going to publish these photos?”

“I don’t know,” I mumble. 

“You’d better hurry,” he replies.  “It’s going to be snowing soon and then you won’t be able to share your flower pictures.”

Wild aster

OK, Barry.  OK, readers.

Here are some late October flower photos.  Leaf photos.   Fungus photos.

Amazing that there are still sparse wildflowers in late autumn, isn’t it?

They were taken earlier this week before the Wind blew in from the South and turned our natural world upside down for a while.

For you camera buffs:  these were taken with the little Sony Cybershot.  I am re-assessing the Cybershot’s capabilities daily.  She really does an excellent job with some views.  She’s very good at close-ups.  She suffers in other regards.  But~~hey~~we can’t all be everything can we?  Let’s concentrate on our strengths instead.

Decomposing leaves

Today is Friday.  (It is Friday, isn’t it?)  Yes, it’s Friday.  I shall go to work imminently.  Within an hour after returning home, Barry and I shall hop in one of our matching cars and zoom south and west toward Crystal Falls.

What’s in Crystal Falls, you ask? 

Before I tell you, let’s drive slower.  Let’s pause at the Covington Hardwood Steakhouse for dinner.  They don’t just serve steak, mind you.  They serve very delicious sandwiches, fish, salads. 

Birch hieroglyphics

Before or after dinner we’re going to detour slightly and do something I’ve yearned to do for ages.  For years.  OK, for at least one year.  I wanted to wait until the new camera and lens arrived.  For the sun to situate at the proper angle.  For the clouds to scatter.

We won’t know until late afternoon if the suns and clouds plan to cooperate, but here’s the plan.  The railroad stations–perhaps downstate, perhaps in Wisconsin–drive some of their old cars up to the Upper Peninsula and store them on unused tracks near Covington and Watton. 

I am not certain if they are being stored on the tracks until they die or the railroad companies go broke (those suppositions anger some folks) but others think the trains shall be used again.  Some think they are still being utilized. 

We shall not speculate further.  But we shall grab the camera and photograph them!  We are excited.  We want to read the colorful graffiti.  We want to see what the camera discovers.  We beg the sun to cooperate.

There is fungus among us. Specifically shelf fungus.

On to Crystal Falls!  Such a beautifully named town.  Such a long drive for a high school football tournament…

Barry has to take pictures for the football tournament for his newspaper job.  I have offered him the use of my spectacular new lens for amazing action shots on the field!  He has offered that I stand beside him on the field and take football photographs.  I have murmured my regrets.  He gets more excited at the possibility!  We shall be co-photographers on the field attempting to locate our “sports” setting and witnessing young athletes pummel themselves in an attempt to carry a small brown ball into the end zone.  In low light we shall record amazing physical prowess!

Anyway, dear reader, stay tuned.  I may read in the car.  Don’t you take his side, now!  (Besides what would I do with all those train AND football photos?  I would never get around to publishing the blog I was writing when the power went out on…what day was that?….Tuesday?)

P.S.  that was one exciting day on the blog yesterday!  I haven’t had that much traffic on this blog for months.  Every storm chaser in the Universe must have googled the word “storm”.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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33 Responses to Flowers, Trains, Football?

  1. You will publish train photos, won’t you? You can publish all you can stand for this train chasing Diva.

  2. John says:

    With the exception of someone with a torch cutting pieces of steel off those train cars for scrap, you are the only person who can find something positive about those cars being “stored” there. Next time someone tells me “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear” I’m going to send them to talk to you. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      John, here is a confession. I am definitively an optimist. 91% of the time. During the other 9% of the time my daughter tells me how I should turn my pessimistic viewpoint around. You send those folks around. I’ll be waiting for ’em.

      • Cindy Lou says:

        Oh, oh…..(hand wiggling frantically in the air!!) We could take them and make them into little homes like “The Boxcar Children.” Some of my favorite childhood books and always a dream of mine – maybe one go into the backyard as a guesthouse to go with my big old sailboat?!?!

  3. Elisa's Spot says:

    ooooo if you publish the train photos, i get to see how they come out (without having to try it myself and feeling like i failed)

    Did YOU seeeeeeeeeeeee/hear me mumbling that garbage to myself?!?!?!

    We need a cup of tea!

    • Kathy says:

      I see none of you are urging football photos. Good for you. Barry has just decided, anyway, that since it’s a tournament game you would need to have a press card to be on the sidelines. I’m off the hook!

      I have no trouble publishing my train photos even though the mind might say we’ve failed. You will see what the camera sees. If the camera doesn’t see it in a lovely and intriguing manner…then, oh well! Cup of tea sounds good!

  4. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times — Kathy, you know how to live. Adventure is your middle name. And you know how to dangle a carrott. Now we’re all looking forwrd to your train photos too!

    By the way, my favorite photograph in this post is Birch hieroglyphics. That’s one slick shot AND title!

    • Kathy says:

      Why, Laurie, here you are just as I’m responding PROMPTLY to comments today. Laurie, I think I can make the most boring life adventuresome. Yes. It’s true. (Or at least–lol–write a good story that makes people THINK it’s adventuresome!)

      I also believe it was Birch hieroglyphics which prompted Barry’s desire to see these photos. I believe it was. Thank you!

  5. Susan D says:

    Doggone it! I wanted you to take some football pics. You know how I love football, and your take on the game and players would be so fun to view! Maybe you’ll sneak in one or two? Please?

    You also know how I love trains! Sounds like a fun adventure, and I know you’ll get some awesome shots.

    Have a great evening, and night! And, GO, Baraga Vikings!!! WoooHOO!

    • Kathy says:

      I told Barry about your desire on the way there and he said, “Darn it! Susan should have come with us!” I’m so sorry we didn’t call. It was a fun evening. (Even though the Vikings lost…)

  6. You must thank Barry for urging you to post your latest flower photos. And the fungus looks like curly white shells!

    I have to agree with the multitudes here, I’m looking forward to those train photos, but then again Susan D makes a very valid point ~ hearing your take on the footy game would be fun!

    Life is definitely what you make of it!! 😀

    • Kathy says:

      Joanne, isn’t it interesting what fungus looks like close up? Nature’s patterns are so fascinating. Shells on the beach, shells on logs… I can’t wait to upload the photos–especially the train photos. It was SO fun traipsing between them. I was so thrilled to be exploring.

  7. Dad says:

    Kath—-I knew someday you would turn to SPORTS!!Dad

    • Kathy says:

      Dad, I am laughing. I don’t know that I have turned to SPORTS! You are funny. But I did get to stand with Barry on the sidelines for a little while. If you had your winter coat on, it almost felt like a mild Upper Peninsula night.

  8. Dawn says:

    Have fun. Can’t wait to see what you saw…football OR trains!

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, I saw both. Whether ANY football photos turned out…that’s a different matter. I had trouble figuring out which setting to get good photos in low light. Finally I settled on taking pics on the sideline, lol. Cheerleaders and little kids…

  9. Karma says:

    I’m just getting to reading this on Saturday morning, but had I read this early enough, I would have told you that I wouldn’t have taken Barry’s side. Football photos would seem to me to be discordant with the feel of this blog.
    I also disagree with Barry (sorry, Barry!) about it getting too late to share flower pictures soon. I think when the winter winds start blowing in, we could use some flower pictures to remind us of what is to come.

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, good Saturday to you! I hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far. I think what Barry meant was that the snow would soon be too deep and cover all the flowers. Up here in the north woods, once it starts snowing…it’s all over except the sledding! lol…

  10. Robin says:

    Looking forward to the train photos. I hope it all worked out for you. 🙂

  11. bearyweather says:

    This week I sent my class out to take pictures of textures in an attempt to teach them to look more closely at things they see everyday. I love your decomposing leaf and birch hieroglyphics … I will have to show them.

  12. barb says:

    I’m afraid you won’t get this in time, but I’m encouraging you to take action shots at the football game. What perfect practice for the next time you see a deer running or a wave crash to shore! Sorry, but I’m with Barry on this (but for a different reason…) I bet the train shots will be awesome.

  13. barb says:

    PS I use a Sony Cybershot sometimes, too.

    • Kathy says:

      barb, stay tuned for football shots! I warn you~~you’ve never seen football photos like these. lol! (I have grown very fond of Ms. Sony Cybershot, once again. Although am lovin’ the new Canon Rebel too.)

  14. OH Kathy I love the Birch pic….But the fungas one is awesome too.

    Train pics….oh so waiting

  15. Val Erde says:

    I don’t know why you shouldn’t be able to publish flower photos when the snows have started… I love to show photos that are out of season, it makes me – and other people – feel better for it.

    Love these pics, Kathy!
    🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Val, I think Barry meant I couldn’t publish in-season photos of flowers because our snow gets so deep so quickly. But I’m getting your drift–maybe you are suggesting using old photos of flowers during the wintertime. What a good idea! Will keep that in mind when we’re buried in the White Stuff. Thank you, Val!

  16. Cindy Lou says:

    Forgot to say how very much I like the aster photo….lovely! I saw one, solitary stalk of purplish lupine out at camp the other day….little fall treasures!

    • Kathy says:

      You crack me up, Ms. Cindy Lou! It was fascinating to see all the empty box cars. I half expected the Boxcar Children to be living in one of them. Or a homeless person. Maybe the railroad people check them regularly? Or maybe they would be….brrrr…too cold this time of year? Asters & lupines are so delightful in late autumn.

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