January 12th

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The long foretold heatwave arrived today, meaning it was about 40 degrees outside. I observed the occasion by taking pictures down by the river. A neighbor kid of mine was playing outside in a wife beater. I don’t know who he thought he was kidding, but I know we all shared his general sense of elation at a reprieve from the polar vortex, if not his wild overestimation of the temperature and trumped-up sense of machismo.

I have a lot of pictures from today to sort through and plan to post them in increments throughout the week.

Camping?

I went camping a couple weeks ago. I went four hours away to take all the kinds of pictures I like to take, just in a different setting. What are the pictures I like to take? Pictures of leaves, duh.

These are my camera shots. Later I’ll update with the ones from my phone. Pumpkin pictures coming at some point, too.

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1. The leaves were a-glowin’ especially against the misty gray weather we experienced the first couple of days.

 

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2. Still life on kooky, dangerous steps that every lakeside site boasted

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3. A partially skeletonized leaf for Halloween.

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7. Pretty undulations in the pine bark. Not sure which pine.

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9. My dad returning from a boat ride

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10. We spent some time at the dock. I spent equal amounts of time taking pictures of weeds there as I did fishing.

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12. Dogwood

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13. Sumac

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14. Sumac

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15. A nutritious snack.

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16. On the trail through the oh so stately trees

Birch tree

As promised the other day, loving close-ups of birch bark. Because it’s so beautiful and graphic and flaky and jagged and smooth and speckled and interesting. I mean, it’s white. It pretty much forces you to look at it. A lot of bark looks pretty much alike. NOT BIRCH BARK.

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dos

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tres

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cuatro

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cinco

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seis

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siete. make way for the lichen brigade the next few pictures

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ocho

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nueve

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diez. shreddy. In fact, I think “shreddy” has been the name of the game over here on sarahtakespictures today.

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once

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doce. a pretty ole tree scar

371 pictures later, pt. 3

I was so excited about the weather yesterday, I took something like 37,000 pictures. Here are a few more that I liked. This post is all about trees and leaves. You know, like 80% of this blog.

1. Meltwater reflection. I like that you can still see some icy slush underneath the puddle.

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