The first week of September, Oscar and I packed up and headed out on a road trip to Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota to visit friends and family.
Oscar was a great traveler
Windmills in the fields in central Illinois
A stop for a caramel roll with butter and peanut butter (they don't even look at me funny when I ask for the peanut butter) and a cup of coffee at Charlie's in Freeport, Minnesota is mandatory when going up (or down) I-94. Their caramel rolls are THE BEST.
When I was taking early-morning pictures on a gravel road in North Dakota, I was irritated because the shadow of the car was in the way. I got out to take some pics without the shadow, but then I decided I kind of liked the shadow. And I realized that when I was moving around in the front seat to get just the right shot, that the "thing" in the front window of the shadow of the car was moving around too.
My cousins built and put up this Little Free Library in front of their house in Wisconsin. I loved hearing about some of their "patrons" - families out for a walk and kids who come by on their bikes, flopping down on the grass to look over the books they've picked out. You can read more about Little Free Libraries here: http://littlefreelibrary.org/
On my first Saturday morning at the Cook Shack after I got home, I discovered there was a new keyboard player. It's best not to stay away from the Cook Shack too long.
Sue and I discovered these blue Mason jars one morning in downtown Minneapolis. She got hers that day - I waited to get mine until I got home. This was taken on my deck, but usually the jar lives on the shelf in the window at my kitchen sink. I like the light through the blue glass.
Waning Crescent Moon ~ September 30, 2013 ~ 6:21 a.m. EDT
per U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department: Phase of the Moon on 30 September: waning crescent with 19% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Saturday, I did some rearranging and opened another upstairs wing of the "observatory" (my house). This allows me to check to see if the rising moon is visible and if it is, to open the window and take some pics without having to come downstairs to the deck, get my camera and tripod set up out there, etc. It also lets me see the moon before it's visible on the deck due to the trees around the house. I was disappointed that it was cloudy early yesterday morning, but this morning I got a good chance to try it out. I love the crescent moon, but it also the hardest phase for me to photograph - probably because there's less visible moon. I keep trying though.
Now it's time for me to go and find my orange pull-over jacket and my candy corn earrings.
A few more photos from my September trip - http://www.janehoganphotography.com/2013travels
And more moon photos than you'll ever need to see - (I use this page to document for myself the moon pics I take) http://www.janehoganphotography.com/moon