The Red Bridge, etc.

This is a little 8×10 oil painting of one of the bridges at Ariel Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio. I can’t seem to paint a straight line to save my life (unless I want a wavy line). LOL! Oh, well. This is from a photograph that I took a year or two ago during this time of year.

Below are some photos that I have taken recently right around home. Most of them are from walking around the yard. I did not get out to take autumn photos early enough. But, these are pretty good, I think.

The original of this one had an electric pole, a phone box, a stump, and some gasline markers in it. I did a lot of work to remove them. I like it better now.
We have a big clump of wild asters in the back “nature preserve”. The Nature Preserve is a brush pile that is growing a few trees, blackberries, raspberries, goldenrod, poison ivy, and all kinds of other things. It is also home to many birds and small animals. We will not be burning it. It will rot down and grow trees.
Our neighbors mulberry tree. We have an awful lot of mulberry trees around this neighborhood.
A little Virginia creeper in our rotting log pile.
Glamour shot of a lovely maple leaf. I tend to pick up every beautiful leaf that I see. I have to control myself because there are about a billion of them and I can’t keep picking them all up. LOL!
The same mulberry tree. I love the dark trunk against the light leaves.
Another neighbors beautiful tree.
Not sure what this is. I thought it was Virginia creeper at first. Then I thought it was poison ivy. I don’t know. It is pretty, though.

The photos, below, were taken at White Oak Farm. Bonnie drove me around in the golf cart and Toby walked along beside it, with the leash on, of course. Good boy! LOL! He really did well. I was wondering how it would work. At first, he was a little antsy, but then he settled in and just trotted along. He will do anything to not be left behind.

This is the main way through the pine woods.
I moved over a little and aimed down the same way.
Bonnie made this and said it was created by intelligent design. Of course!
Beautiful woods.
The chipmunks and squirrels were taunting me. I couldn’t catch them on camera. So, I settled on this fern.
As I was getting set up to take the photo of the fern, I almost stepped on this little egg shell nestled in the moss with the acorn for company. I cleared some leaves off of it and thought it was nifty shot.

Some hawthorn berries (haws) which I picked off one of our trees, today. They are so pretty on the tree, but I can’t get a good picture of it, because the berries don’t show up in my photos. Check out that thorn! I got one in my shoe the other day, which just missed my toe. Youch! That would have been bad.

I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely autumn. Autumn. I love that word. I have loved it since I first heard it in second grade.

I have been reading… Yeah! I need to keep better track of the books that I finish. I don’t remember them all, but I can give you some highlights. I read Rebel Yell, The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S. C. Gwynne. So good! Oh, how I love Stonewall Jackson! If you care anything about him or are just curious, I recommend this book. I got it on audio and the reader was wonderful. It took me a month to get it done, but it was so good, I never got bored and had to make myself finish it. Mr. Beloved is working on it, now, so I get to hear it all over again. Yeah!

I listened to the audio version of The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Oh… If you should decide to listen to an audio version of it, please do not listen to Michael Scott read it. Wrong inflections, mispronunciations, mechanical voice: PAIN! The story is so good that I kept going. I had gotten it during a two for one credit sale a while back or I would have gotten a refund. That was one book that was a chore to finish. The story is very good. Find another reader.

I am now working on Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth, plus several other books. Every once in a while, I think to myself, “I ought to stop this reading several books at a time and just stick to one.” But, then, I get impatient and think that I will never have time to read all the books before I die, so I pile them on. LOL!

Two quotes today! Wow! LOL!

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection. — H. G. Wells

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. — Albert Camus

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