Black Spruce Hound

A Wisconsin Girl in the Woods, Knitting, Crafting, and Cooking. Also: Ugly Dresses.

October 17, 2014

Photo Friday: Falling Leaves, 501st Post

I didn't even notice that the post that went up on Wednesday was my 500th post. And it involved a GIF of a fictional Queen Victoria and a dude on a chariot. Quality, quality writing here people. The Pulitzer is in the mail. 

Anyway, to celebrate, here's two pictures! I try to take pictures of leaves falling every single year, and am usually successful, but just because I manage to get a picture does not mean it looks good. These are all right, but I forgot about the damn power lines. 

 I tried to get the lines out of frame in this next one, with zero success.

But still. Leaves! Falling!

The colors were dull and dark, so these were also edited mercilessly. I greatly enjoy editing pictures, which is probably a classifiable illness, but I dialed up the saturation on these so the leaves were bright. 

The leaves are still hanging on, but now the tamaracks are changing color. Winter is coming, and I am trying to be positive about it. Which has never been one of my strong suits, but I'm working on it. 

Have a good weekend!

October 15, 2014

Chariots, Etsy Shops, and Cameras

I skipped the usual Monday post because the Idea Fairy has not visited me in awhile, and because I have a weird, stuffy head-cold thing happening. It's very glamorous. Today I feel much better, and am getting back into the swing of things. (I'm wearing actual pants. Not pajama pants, but pants with a zipper and a button.)

I woke up like dis. 

I've been busy with Etsy things lately. The vintage shop is closed, and has been closed for about three weeks now. Not because I want it to be closed, but because my car is still broken. As in, she ain't goin' no place kind of broken. I'm too far from the post office to walk, there's no one that can drive me, and having the mail carrier pick up any Priority packages would only work for about half the shop. The rest is too heavy.

So she's closed, hopefully to reopen sometime before I turn 40. And I'm beginning to think a horse and chariot combo would be more reliable than an automobile.

I can totally see myself with one of those. Every girl needs a chariot. 
The print shop, however, is getting all sorts of much-needed attention. Right now there is no international shipping (those packages need to be taken to the post office) but it will be brought back as soon as I have a set of wheels. 

My printer is getting a workout. 

The icing on the cake is that my camera is beginning its long, slow death march. The auto-focus is screwed up, it's no longer reading the battery life correctly, and the lens likes to zoom in and out, erratically, all on its own. Yay! Fun times! I will continue to use the damn thing until it either dies or is unusable, because the cameras I'm looking at to replace it are mucho dinero and I'm a tightwad. That's the second Canon camera I've had that's started acting up after about 2 years of use.

It wouldn't be a big deal, but this blog is kinda-sorta maybe a little bit PICTURE HEAVY. In case no one has noticed that.

So. That's the news from here, where it's cold and rainy and I'm stuck in the house. Not that I'm complaining, but the dog and I have run out of things to talk about. 

See you later!

October 10, 2014

Photo Friday: More Storm Clouds

Okay, so I'm phoning this one in today. These are more pictures that have been found during the Great Memory Card Cleanup of 2014. The first one even made it to Instagram, but I forgot to put it on here. 

These were from two separate summer storms. The first was just plain cool, the clouds were so...voluptuous.

The second I like because it rolled a straight line. Weird.

It's been cold this week, windy and in the 40s, so I haven't been taking many pictures. (Hence digging through the camera's memory card.)

But I will say this - there is at least one bluejay that every day, before noon, lands on the fence in the front yard. Every. Damn. Day. It flies away before I can get a picture, and I've been trying to get a picture

In short, I hate them.

Have a good weekend!

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