Sometimes you see the craziest things on side streets!

Our visit to Nuremburg started out great – until the rain started.  so we modified our route, took some side streets, and explored.  We wanted to be close to stores where we could get in out of the rain if it started up again.  And we found the strangest thing! Someone had taken it upon themselves to crochet decorations for the street poles.  You know, those poles that keep cars from driving on the sidewalk?  In this case, the crocheted decorations were of Star Wars characters.  It felt so out of place in the old town of Nuremburg.  It turns out that someone periodically crochets covers for the poles throughout the year just for the fun of it.  It certainly entertained our rainy day!

Clouds and Sunset


There is something about sunsets, and clouds. Here in Illinois, we can’t add mountains or oceans to the scene. We can add buildings and wires and poles, however. Most photos on Facebook of gorgeous sunsets around here are cluttered by buildings, cars, light poles and wires blocking the rays of sun that our eyes find so alluring. Our minds seem to filter out those distractions, but the camera is not so kind.

As I looked upon the gorgeous painting God was making in the Illinois sky last night, all I saw were the buildings and cars in the way. I was actually in the grocery store parking lot at the time, since daylight savings time had just ended and 4:30 meant it was now sunset for November. So I looked higher up, at the clouds themselves. I saw the puffy clouds, almost blue in the dusk sky, with the tinges of pink from the setting sun. Gorgeous! Without the rays of the setting sun, or the horizon that would give you placement, this image gives you out the chance to just see the play of light on the clouds.

Of course, what I had was my iPhone, so this is was captured using the HDR option on the iPhone 5s camera.

Broken Down Rose

I find roses beautiful and I capture images of them often. After the first hard freeze of fall, I visited downtown Chicago and the rose gardens of Grant Park. There were still some lovely blooms, but also some broken blooms, where the damage of that first hard frost could be seen. I like the way a rose comes to be, blooms, opens, and then dies, leaving wilted and dried petals behind. I love the texture of the dried pieces of old flower. The stem of this rose broke, leaving the bloom hanging upside down. The break in food and water, along with the frost, killed the flower. But look at the beauty that still remains!
This image was captured with an iPhone 5s and then edited with PhotoForge.