More meteorological madness

In the Midwest we often joke that, “if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.” It sure felt like that today.

The fog was so thick during my morning commute that I questioned the safety of driving. Caring about safety as I do, I pulled over and took some photos. (Because as we know, the safest place during any crisis is behind a camera.)

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By the time I reached work the fog had burned off and it was a beautiful morning. I expected the same sunshine as I exited my office, but instead was greeted by an ominous roiling sky.

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If it had been 15 or 20 degrees warmer, I would have worried about a tornado; all the signs were there.


But nothing came of the bulbous mammatus clouds, which followed me home for a bit and then dissipated in my rear-view mirror.

They were soon replaced by a sunset that defied description. I swear on the bones of my forebears that these JPEGs are exactly what came out of my camera — no Photoshop, except to add a border.

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And of course I was witnessing this magnificent scene in a shopping-mall parking lot. AAARGH.

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Something tells me this isn’t the last of the fireworks though: It’s only February 21. Anything could happen! And if I’m lucky, I’ll be there to witness it with my camera.

This post is dedicated with love to a special someone in Florida who is having surgery tomorrow. I’ll be thinking of you and sending positive vibes! ❤︎


    • The ever-changing sky is one of my favorite things about nature — especially here in the Midwest, where the sky is so HUGE. Thank you so much for stopping by … wishing you sunny skies! 🙂

  1. What stunning photos! These are the kind I am convinced I could take, yet everything in my phone’s gallery is a cheesy portrait of family or multiple views of an interesting (to few besides me) old car. I need to look around more.

    • Your thoughtful writing leaves me with no doubt that you would take WONDERFUL photos, J P — you have a natural curiosity about the world around you, which i think is the most important ingredient in any creative endeavor. And don’t sell the contents of your phone short: Aren’t the faces of our loved ones the most beautiful thing in the world? I say stick with your favorite subject, but try to approach it with even more creativity. (For example, my favorite portrait of my father is still one I took of just his hands.)

      • Such kind words – I can feel my hat size increasing as I read them. 🙂

        My daughter took a photography class in high school and I got a glimpse of the fascinating stuff one can capture when looking for it. You are right – I just need to look more often. Fortunately, pieces like this make for a good reminder.

  2. I’m curious that you had your camera with you. I suppose you take it everywhere? (makes sense!). And the parking lot – you can’t choose when great views are going to occur, can you?!
    I’ve been wondering for a while – do you mind me asking what equipment you use?

    • I do indeed carry a camera with me almost everywhere, Terry! It’s a curious habit that has served me well on a couple of notable occasions (like the time I witnessed a bridge collapse — the photos I took were able to help investigators puzzle out what happened). You’re right, though, that no matter how prepared we may be we often still have little control of *where* the photo op occurs. I’d still rather see a beautiful sunset in a parking lot than not at all, though. 🙂 As for my equipment: I shoot with a Panasonic GX7, mostly with the 14-140 zoom lens. The quality of the images is consistently great, and the whole set-up fits in my purse. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      • Wow, I’m impressed! Some of your shots look so clear and sharp I thought you must have been using a full frame. I recently bought a small mirrorless as well, and have been amazed at the quality coming out of it. I was tired of lugging around a DSLR with a big clunky (but beautiful) lens when I went overseas. Whilst there are a few things I would still use it for, most of the time my Olympus OMD 10 works really well. Thank you technology….. 🙂

        • You thought I was using a full frame, Terry? Why, what a delightful compliment for this equipment geek! 🙂 You are so correct, though: The way technology keeps advancing, even the small mirrorless cameras are now capable of fantastic results. Which is good, because I’m getting too old to lug around all that heavy equipment, ha ha.

    • Indeed it is! Every time I see a newspaper there’s talk of a flood or a drought. It makes my corner of the world seem very sedate by comparison!

    • All did indeed go well — so much so that I got a note from my sister about the dedication! So I have much to be thankful for today. (Including your stopping by! Thank you for your visit!)

  3. I think the weather worldwide has gone mad. We had the hottest January on record down here this year, and accompanying the heatwaves there have been floods and hailstorms and snow on the mountains. I blame China and Mexicans and Justin Trudeau, and Australia’s Prime Minister, whatisname? Trumble. and CNN…and Sweden. -)
    BTW I hope everything works out well for your friend.

    • It’s good to have someone to blame for the weather isn’t it, Xpat? Alas, it’s too bad we’ll ultimately have no one to blame but ourselves. I do take some comfort in thinking about our planet’s long history though, and in remembering that in spite of sometimes catastrophic changes life adapts and carries on. I hope that will prove true once again. As for my loved one’s surgery … she came through with flying colors! Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

      • That’s perfectly true. As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” But sometimes I find myself filled with fury at the thought of one disturbed, irrational being wielding so much power while all I can do is vent.

    • Your photos are magnificent! And isn’t it wonderful also to live in an age when we can share similar photos and experiences from halfway across the world? (Like sunsets in car parks, for instance. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by.

  4. The sunsets lately here in the Midwest are positively breathtaking. I know for certain that you did not photoshop because I was greeted with the same vibrancy on my way home! Definitely a palette for an upcoming painting! Beautiful photos–thanks for posting.

    • I’m so glad you got to see these colors too, Roberta! Your description of “breathtaking” is perfect — I saw several people in the parking lot just standing and staring at the sky last night. I look forward to seeing how nature’s inspiration will find its way into one of your canvases.

  5. These are unbelievably dramatic – but I believe you =P! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen weather or skies like this anywhere before, though I’ve also never been to the midwest (not counting layovers at airports). Love what you posted about wait 15min if you don’t like the weather there; something else I didn’t know! Is that really true for most of the midwest, or only certain areas/states, or just a saying? Where I live is filled with microclimates (San Francisco Bay Area), so you need to travel with a few layers available during the day pretty much year round. Yet I’m sure your weather is more intense. The photos show it! They are gorgeous – the mall doesn’t even matter 😉 Thank you!

    • I’ve been to San Fran only once — as a child, some 40 years ago — but I still remember the changeable weather, Lara! I’ve run into similar microclimates up in the North Shore, along Lake Superior, where you can literally walk over a ridge and experience a 15-degree difference. But in the Twin Cities we’re more likely to see large weather systems that come sweeping at us from across the Dakotas. When my family moved here I found it unbearably flat compared to the mountainous landscapes of Mexico and Peru. But now I rather appreciate the wide-open spaces. Watching a storm advance across a prairie is one of the surest ways I know to be reminded that we humans are small and powerless, yet part of something beautiful and huge and awe-inspiring.

      And yes, it’s true that the weather can be fierce here — but it usually passes quickly. We’ll see how that holds up over the next few days, though: The forecasts are calling for anywhere from one inch to one foot of snow. EEK!

      A big hug to you, my favorite San Franciscan …

      • What an amazing move that must have been! Did you grow up in Mexico and Peru? I’ve seen a very small sampling of Mexico from having lived in San Diego some years, and would love to see Peru. But the weather, geography, and cultural climate between those areas and where you live now must have been a huge adjustment. Hah, I’m laughing at myself a little right now because I had culture shock in moving from the SF Bay Area to San Diego and then in moving back recently; pretty small difference compared to what you’re talking about! It’s wonderful to live, grow, and transform in different places, though. It teaches us volumes and can plumb our depths. As you beautifully wrote above, we learn to appreciate different kinds of beauty, different experiences and ways of being. – I hope whatever snow level falls, you are safe and warm and some beautiful photos come through. A warm hug back to you =)

        • Yes, I had the good fortune of growing up in Mexico and Peru! The word “amazing” gets used a lot, but it truly applies to my childhood. The adjustment of moving to Minnesota wasn’t easy, though — everything from the weather and the culture and the landscape was so different, especially for an awkward 13-year-old. But the lessons I learned from being teased and bullied for being different have served me well, so it’s all good.

          But as big as my family’s move may have been don’t discount your own migration from SF to San Diego and back! The loss of familiar places and micro-cultural touch stones can be equally jarring for our psyches, whether we’re moving across the state or across the sea. On the plus side, any move — as you observe so beautifully — gives us a chance to appreciate new kinds of beauty.

          Speaking of moving, I’m curious: How would you describe the differences between SF Bay and San Diego? It’s been decades, so I can’t really picture either city or its people anymore …

          • I really do understand what you’re talking about here (while understanding each individual’s experience is just that: uniquely theirs) – difficulties during childhood that mold you for adult life in ways you wouldn’t have expected. From all you say and share, it really sounds like you’ve plumbed your depths and continue to do so. Cheers to that, right :)? A deeper life is a richer one, to my mind. – Thanks for those supportive thoughts regarding my own move! Love how you frame things with your words: “loss of familiar places and micro-cultural touch stones.” God, how perfectly said and with beautiful writing. Yes, I’d say I’m still transitioning “back,” if you can say it’s even coming back after all these years away. The differences between areas are enormous to me, though many others have voiced the same viewpoint. I really like both areas, but the SF Bay Area has always been in my bones. I feel connected to the very ground here. I missed the seasons, the hills, the trees, the bay, the culture, the diversity, the different cities, the slightly more rugged coast here, and the more “down to earth” vibe. All that said, there are pros and cons on both areas, for sure, so it’s not like here beats out there hands down. The traffic here is appalling and can keep you trapped or impede you from doing anything/going anywhere, while the cost of living is looking like being in New York. The so. Cal vibe is really different from nor. Cal. The weather makes much of it so. SD is sunny pretty much year round with very moderate to warm temps. It’s “easy” weather and that reflects in the culture. Easy, laid back, no need to rely on your friends or neighbors which can create a lack of community, urban sprawl as most of CA experiences, very sun and being outside oriented, yet it’s also very focused on people’s looks. It also looks quite different: very few trees, hills only in the eastern part, coastal desert, very bright most the time. People in nor. Cal can sometimes be too serious; people in so. Cal can be too surface. So it’s interesting to note the pros/cons of each and see what balances best for the given person? I miss my friends there – they will never be replaced and I was grieved to move. But we’ll have more and more time to visit over the years, I hope! I have been trying to make that time. You see, I could write a few pages on this experience, hah! I hope that gives some sense of the differences. It really is interesting to compare the two regions =)

          • I actually thought you were remarkably economical in your writing, Lara — you gave me a better sense of both places and their people than some guide books I’ve seen. 🙂

          • You are too kind by half, Lara — but I’m truly honored that my thoughts about culture and place resonated with you. (I knew they would … you strike me as someone who also has plumbed the depths and continues to do so.) But back to San Francisco: Isn’t it funny how some places just feel “right,” often for reasons we can’t even articulate? I sometimes wonder whether there are mystical (or even magnetic) forces at work that literally draw us to some places over others. You’re lucky you’ve found a way to live in that spiritual home, even if — like everything in life — it comes with compromises, and with a cost.

            I also LOVED your descriptions of southern and northern California! As I said in my other comment, you taught me more in a couple of paragraphs than some guidebooks I’ve seen! And from what you tell me I’m 100% sure I’d be more of a San Francisco Bay gal too. (Not that there’s anything wrong with tanned bodies and bleached teeth , ha ha.) It’s good that you can carve out some time to return on occasion and visit your friends, though. Sounds like the perfect yin/yang situation!

            Well, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to leave such a rich and thoughtful comment. I expect that for the rest of my days when I imagine California in my head I will see the picture you’ve painted for me here. Thank you for that!

          • =) Yes, I’d say we’re both committed to plumbing our depths. Sometimes it’s painful, right? But I can see no other way, and life ends up richer, more expansive, and more amazing because of it. And none of this to sound like I’m on some high horse, btw. Not at all. I think you understand 🙂 – So maybe I can do travel guides as my side career? Hah “) how fun would that be! I really do love the subtle yet real differences between areas and people. There are so many different ways to live out there! Noticing them, whether we like them or not aside, keeps our minds open and makes us appreciate so much more. And I do believe in some sort of draw (whatever it may be from) to certain areas for us. Often the trouble is hearing it or trusting it! – What is your area like? I’ve never been near. When you’ve time 🙂 paint me your picture. Your photos already do so much with this, but would love to hear your words on it “)

          • Yes, ma’am … sometimes the journey inward is painful. But it’s even more painful to try to avoid it, isn’t it? At least that’s been my experience — because “wherever I go, there I am,” with all my flaws and baggage! 🙂

            As to what my corner of the world is like: When my family first moved here I found the friendliness of the people almost unnerving. Folks I didn’t even know would wave nod, and complete strangers would start conversations in the check-out line. I later learned there’s a term for this: “Minnesota nice.” It took me even longer to learn, though, that this initial friendliness conceals a more private and reserved nature — which only makes sense when you consider the cultures of the Swedish, Norwegian, and German immigrants who first settled here. The older folks here place a premium on being polite, which sometimes means we’re terribly direct (when we don’t like something, Minnesotans say, “Well, that’s different.”). But whether they live in downtown Minneapolis or on a farm outside Cokato, Minnesotans strike me as earnest, hard-working, down-to-earth, pragmatic, kind people. The state is beautiful, too — it’s littered with prairies, woods and lakes. It’s also cool that we have two downtowns (Minneapolis and St. Paul) that have totally different vibes. Minneapolis is hip and modern with its all-glass skyscrapers and vibrant night life. St. Paul wasn’t as aggressively redeveloped, so it feels more historic with its 150-year-old brownstones and hilly streets. What’s really funny is that — although the two cities are literally right across the river from each other — a lot of St. Paulites seldom go to Minneapolis, and vice versa. Well, that’s the dime tour. To get the rest of it, you should come visit sometime and see for yourself! 🙂

          • It really is much more painful to avoid our individual journey and growth path. I’m with you on that:) even when I feel frustrated or at my wit’s end, I know forward is the only way. And we’re none of us alone in this; human beings doing their individual journeys separately yet alongside one another.
            Minnesotans sound really great to me. But I so value the list you presented, I don’t see how they could not: down-to-earth, pragmatic, kind, hard-working, earnest. These are some of my favorite traits in anyone. I’ve noticed that in meeting people from the mid-west, I really appreciate their way of interacting and comporting themselves (I’m putting this into generics versus individuals, but you understand 🙂 The area sounds beautiful, too! Now if I can only forget what you said about waking up with your eyes frozen shut ; p Certainly would enjoy seeing the twin cities – they sound wonderfully different! A great dime tour, actually – thank you! I do need to travel more. I’ve been quite a work horse these last several years. If I come that direction and you ever would like to meet in person, I would be honored. But no pressure on that 😉 I first need to actually start some sort of travel ball rolling first. I only go back and forth between the SF Bay Area and San Diego currently. It will broaden =)

          • If you come up here during the summer there’s only a 10% chance of waking up with your eyes frozen shut! But then, there’s a greater risk of being sucked dry by mosquitoes, or carried off by a tornado. (See? It’s never boring here!) All joking aside, I would be SO DELIGHTED to show you around if you ever do wander this far north, Lara. xx

          • Lol! That is a wondrous travel guide you present! Compared to mosquitoes and tornados, I’m sitting here thinking maybe winter is not so bad sounding now ;p But now the idea really is on my radar – I would be so honored! I do love to see new places. Always we grow, no matter what. I am very slow at creating travel plans, I won’t lie, but now I’ve definitely another place I’d like to go see – thank you for this =) It’s even more fun when you’ve people to visit! – And on a side note, I’m trying this new gluten free cookie with my coffee this morning (love my morning coffee with a “treat” of some kind). These actually taste so dreadful, I had to check the ingredients again to see if I’d bought the kind made with cricket flour. My panicked look was probably priceless ;p though I’ve told myself I’ll try those sometime, too. All this as we’re talking about eating well as much as can, and these cookies are driving me to think of falling off walking the line ;p Quite a first world problem here! All good – love to laugh anyway “)

          • Here’s an insiders’ MInnesota travel trip, if you do make the trek: Come in the spring or fall! There’s always the chance of a monster snowstorm in April (or October) — but at least the other nuisances such as mosquitoes and tornadoes are in short supply. 🙂 As for your morning-coffee cookies — “I had to check the ingredients again to see if I’d bought the kind made with cricket flour” — BWAHAHAAA! I’m so sorry, Lara. I hope that with a couple days’ time the flavor has faded. I’ve encountered a few similar products that have left me seriously questioning whether anyone at the factor actually ever *tasted* the thing before they packaged it and shipped it off! There were some especially questionable fig newtons that even the earthworms in our compost pile refused to eat. I’m still wondering whether they were maybe made with recycled drywall, ha ha. As you say: First world problems, and at least they’re worth a good laugh. xx

          • Earthworms know best! A bad sign for processed foods. And I actually have planned to try the cookies made with cricket flour, but only when I’m up for the challenge ;p Very high in protein, and since much of the world’s people eat insects for food, I felt like this is something I should try (though cookie form is a baby step for sure). Yet since the flavor of the ones I tried was so dirt-like unpalatable, and I was sure I’d bought the cricket ones already, we’ll see if I ever come back around to the idea. The laugh at myself was great, though! – I was wondering about visiting Minnesota in the fall; was my first thought. It’s my favorite season, too. Are spring and fall your favorite seasons now because of living there with such strong summers and winters? I like these good prompts for travel. I tend to get very “homey” and stick to routines, yet I love different experiences. Funny to have things in personalities that can actually be at odds with one another, isn’t it? This is inspiring me to make a list of where I’d like to travel next and to get more focused on it. Unlike a lot of my friends who love doing all the planning around travel, I find it a little overwhelming. Part of it is because I work for myself, so creating and taking time off is challenging to my work-oriented brain. But now I’m thinking I’ll make that list this weekend. I love to have happy goals =)

          • I do think it’s HILARIOUS that you were sure you were accidentally eating cricket cookies, Lara. My guess is that the *actual* cricket cookies are probably pretty tasty … because when you’re making cricket cookies, you have to work extra-hard to make them palatable, you know? I have a couple of friends who have eaten fried crickets and rave about them, but I think I’m more in your camp, with the “baby steps.”

            I’m also definitely in your camp when it comes to routines and comfortable places and travel! In spite of what my blog may suggest I’m also very homey and very much a creature of habit. I think that’s why, when I do travel, I tend to return to the same destinations again and again. But my husband has been making quite a lot of noise about visiting the West Coast, so maybe one of these days I’ll surprise you with a lunch invitation! But if you beat me to it and get here first, I really do recommend the fall. Between the gorgeous foliage and the crisp nights, it’s my favorite season here. Well … have a wonderful weekend, and best wishes with that “happy goal” list! 🙂

          • That would be so lovely “)! I hope your husband is successful in creating a trip for the west coast. I would be honored and thrilled for lunch with you =) And would be great it you ended up seeing some of both norther and southern CA, though know that could be a bit much in one trip. The comparisons are so interesting. Love and am fascinated by these subtle yet solid differences in areas and people. It’s probably more engaging to me when things appear somewhat similar on the surface only to find that it’s quite different the deeper in you go. Fall where you are sounds great. My sister in law has been to the Twin Cities. I’ll have to ask her more about 🙂 It’s looking like it should be in the top five of my list of places to visit next. – On a closing note, I was thinking the same: cricket flour cookies would probably have been doctored up more to create as good a taste as possible. We’ll see? Hah ;p I’ve always been told that frog legs taste like chicken, and you can’t tell the difference. The one time I had them a year ago, it tasted exactly like what it was: frog. As if I’d lifted one out of the bayou and licked it. I was heavily choking at that meal, though did finish what I started in honor of that poor frog. Have a wonderful, replenishing weekend 🙂

          • You say things so well, Lara! I agree 100% that it’s fascinating to discover the tiny, subtle regional differences in people. A lot of folks talk about the Midwest, for example, as if it’s one giant homogeneous blob — but there are actually significant differences between Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, for example. THAT is whole other blog post, though. 😉

            As for those frog legs … good for you for choking down what sounds like a disgusting meal, in honor of the poor frog. You are a woman after my heart, to honor the animal’s sacrifice by not wasting it! That said, if it tasted like you had “lifted one out of the bayou and licked it” (HA HA!) it wasn’t well prepared. The couple of times I’ve nibbled on the tiny delicacies I’ve found them quite mild and tender. I *still* wouldn’t go out of my way to procure them, though … 😉

            Have a wonderful rest of the weekend, and cheers to you from the tundra! xx

          • Ah! I would love to hear your descriptions of regional differences amongst midwestern states – fascinating. If you ever get around to that blog post, could be some chapters to it, I’m guessing! I’m sorry to say I’ve no experience with the midwest at all, thus no solid images. Only through talking with clients who are from there do I get a smattering sense of social temperament, comportment, viewpoint, etc., that does differ from the east coast, west coast, and southern states. I’ve always been impressed with how grounded, sensible and steady the people I’ve met from there have seemed (understanding that it’s just a sampling). – Agreed on the frog legs! I’m thinking they were inferior quality for eating, or poorly prepared. I may try again? No promises, though 😉 Have a warm, replenishing rest of weekend =)

  6. We have a saying in the UK that you can have all four seasons in one day. This was certainly a day of high drama with a fantastic ending. Beautiful shot of those unusual Mammatus clouds

    • What you describe has also been my experience in the UK , Andy — especially in Edinburgh, with its accelerated “four seasons in an hour” scheme! 🙂 But while your weather in the UK is driven mostly by the sea, here it comes sweeping across the prairies. It gives us the advantage of being able to at least see it coming, as my photos show. Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words!

  7. Holy wow that sunset!!

    We had some thick fog the other morning. I happened to have a new-to-me old camera along so I pulled over my car on the way to work to shoot a couple scenes.

    • How fun that you got to shoot the fog with your “new-to-you” old camera, Jim. I’ll be eager to see whatever shots you care to share! I find fog can be tough to meter (as my dark and flat photos will attest) but I do love the mystery it imparts on everything it covers.

    • Thank you! It was a rather impressive weather day, so my only job was to point the lens in the right direction. 🙂

  8. That fog up higher reminds me of a very strong autumn inversion we had a few years ago that lasted for something like twenty days, maybe more than that, even. I’ll never the gothic mood that had slowly begun to seep into and permeate the city. It was a strange thing, even for me (I have a particular fondness for gloomy weather).

    On a cheerier note, I like the fourth image down the page, the best! Partly because of the misty fog but also the way a handful of the trees are ever-so-slightly leaning inward as if to beckon or study. And zoinks- that was an incredible sunset. Maybe you could photoshop a whaling ship into the scene for special drama?

    I hope that surgery tomorrow for the special someone goes as well as could be expected…..

    • Thank you for your kind words and good wishes, Jason — the surgery did indeed go well, so I’m breathing a big sigh of relief. But what’s this about 20 foggy days in a row?! Holy moly. Like you, I have an odd fondness for gloomy days, but that sounds like it would be a bit much. In fact, after a couple of my recent winter visits to Paris I’ve found myself wondering whether I do like the steel-gray skies as much as I always profess. It gets oppressive after a few days, doesn’t it?

  9. Wow. Thanks for this….Its so nice to reflect on such things and I for one, am glad that you captured the moments…..

  10. These are gorgeous!

    I think I love the undulating clouds as much as the sunset. I’m glad you took photos and shared them. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Josy! I liked the undulating clouds very much, too — the photo really doesn’t do them justice. It looked like the whole sky was bending in on itself. I was glad to have a brick building to duck into, just in case. 🙂

    • Clouds are certainly much more interesting than a perfectly clear sky, aren’t they? I think there’s a metaphor for life in there too …
      Thank you for stopping by, Björn!

  11. Those are amazing photographs! If I turn my camera to the skies here it’s just a flat expanse of grey dense cloud as far as the eye can see. It actually wears you down after a while. I wouldn’t mind a glimpse of the sun someday soon!

    • Ah, Quinn … I can totally relate to the malaise that sets in after several days of gray. I hope you’ve at least glimpsed the sun by now? Thank you so much for stopping by!

      • I wish! I just posted a picture on instagram of my window and it’s just 98% flat grey cloud. The other 2% is window frame and buildings.


  12. We are now back home in Norfolk, UK and I think we had three seasons already today.
    What a smashing set of brilliant photos. ❤
    You had me on the floor laughing again. 🙂 🙂
    Wishing you a great weekend. x

    • It made my day to think I could bring you a smile, Dina. Thank you for your kind words … and WELCOME HOME! xx

    • Thank you for your kind words about the photos. But would you believe we actually had TWO tornadoes here the night before last? I’m equally sad and glad I wasn’t there to witness them.

    • What a kind comment! It makes me very happy to think i was an ambassador for my state. Thank you for stopping by!

    • Yes, sir — we seem to be settling into a rather quiet spring. It’s lovely, if maybe not as dramatic, as photography fodder goes. 😉

  13. Guess what?! I didn’t leave, LOL.
    That morning fog looks like our daily existance, except here, choking smoke. You might need one of those orange hunting vests for camera moments on days like this.
    Your last few photo’s of the sunset are mesmerizing. Wowie hey?! That could be a ‘once in a lifetime’ moment. Glad you were in the parking lot. 20 more minutes of shopping and you might had missed it. “Swear on the bones of your forebears”, you crack me up! x K

    • Sorry it took me so long to see your sweet message! How’s the smoke situation — any better? My heart goes out to you and Alys and your beautiful state; I sure hope they’ll be able to get the fires under control soon. If not, I’ll send you my bright orange vest! (Which, I actually do own because of deer season. It seems that at least one tree-hugger like me gets shot by mistake every year because our braids and Birkenstocks apparently look exactly like antlers.) Anyway. I will now ramble on over to your neighborhood and see what you’ve been up to. But thank you so much for stopping by and bringing the HUGE smile I’m wearing right now! 😀 xx

      • Dear Birkenstock wearing, braid dawning Minnesotan (LOL, cracking up),
        Why am I not surprised you own an orange Vest ? Today was the first day of blue sky in 2 weeks. I was outside, doing stuff like a normal person (up for debate). Tomorrow, we are told, the smoke is back. I think I need some retail therapy or something. I’m getting cabin fever. I noticed the leaves on our front tree are beginning to change colour !! WTheck? xK

        • “I was outside, doing stuff like a normal person …” HAHA! Good for you for seizing the one blue-sky day! But you’re wise also to consider retail therapy if the smoke comes back — because it really won’t be safe outside with all that particulate matter in the air, dontcha know. Better to play it safe inside a mall or better yet a vintage store. 🙂 As for those changing leaves: Same here! I’m telling myself it’s just the plant equivalent of “premature gray,” though. I’m sure fall is *at least* 10 months away, right? xx

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