Fall, Maine

Fall Through My Lens

fallHaving lived most of my youth in  Florida and most of my adult life in Houston, fall in Maine is a new season to me even after 16 years.

As soon as it’s that time of year, I make a special trip to Beth’s market to fill a basket with an amazing array of pumpkins and gourds.  They will be used here and then taken  to Houston where they will appear one way or another through the Christmas holidays.  Indeed, they are a very good investment.

LL86Even after stocking up on pumpkins and gourds, if I see someone on the side of the road selling them I can’t resist stopping for one or two more.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn my neighborhood,  I pass this tree daily, and it is always the first indication I see that fall is really here.  It shows its coat of many colors early, but it seems to lose it when other trees are just turning.

MaineOn beautiful fall days, I enjoy getting in the car and with no destination in mind heading out with my camera to see what else is happening with the change of season. In the rural areas, grass is bundled for winter livestock feed

fall/woodand wood is piled to keep those winter fires burning.

Miscellanenous 14Expanses of wild blueberry fields have turned crimson

Maine 2009 3and ponds and lakes reflect  the color on their banks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADriving down any road reveals beauty that in its splendor reveals that God is, indeed, a master artist and my heart fills with gratitude.

sunsetWho knows how many more years Maine will be my part time home, but however long that is, I doubt I will tire of fall and the drama of its colors and textures.

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Sunday Wanderings

Sundays are generally pretty quiet which makes them a good time to go wandering. Seldom do I have a destination in mind, I just get in the car and go.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was on some country road miles from Rockport when I saw this sign. I couldn’t imagine a winery in such an isolated area, and that was reason enough to find it.

Arriving there the sign indicated that it was not only a winery but a distillery as well. Did that mean moonshine or what? Now, my curiosity was really whetted.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollowing the sign to the entrance, I was stopped in my tracks, first by a model train running through a field of lavender

IMG_8981and then by the panoramic view unfolding over fields and hills. Once again I was stuck by the beauty that defines Maine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInside, barrels were filled with wine waiting to be bottled.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClose by was a bright copper vat that reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland but is used for making gin. Interestingly, Maine is one of the few, if not the only, state where spirits can be tasted, so I couldn’t resist sampling. The hubby and I do enjoy a good martini, and my thinking was this might be a new gin for us to try.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn addition to tasting, it was interesting to peruse the list of gins posted with their ingredients. While similar in some respects, juniper berries appear to be the only one they all have in common.

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All in all, this stop proved to be quite worthwhile, and I came home with several bottles of gin and a bottle of vermouth. I have to say it makes a pretty good martini, and we’ve substituted the cranberry gin for vodka in a cosmopolitan and it’s not bad.

What this all goes to show is that one should never miss a stop on a country road!

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Wandering Country Roads

There’s plenty to do in Houston, but every now and then it’s fun to leave the big city behind and explore the wide open spaces that define Texas.

It doesn’t take long to see what rural Texas is about.  Cattle graze lazily in fields

and the sprawling metropolis is replaced by a series of small towns.

IMG_0456This time of year the landscape colored by wildflowers is spectacular.  No matter how many times I see fields of blue, red, yellow and pink my heart sings in appreciation of nature’s beauty.

Another reason to get out and about now is the Round Top Antique Show which these days is said to cover some 28 miles.  That means a lot of stuff to browse.  Now, I don’t need a thing, but that doesn’t keep my eye from wandering in search of the unusual or interesting.

IMG_0463Bottles never fail to get my attention.  These are truffle jars that when filled with mushrooms and cotton hold in the moisture necessary for preservation.  You can be sure that in my possession they would be filled with flowers to create a centerpiece for a tablescape.

IMG_0472Talk about an unusual flower container.  Take a look at this chemical beaker.  I didn’t buy one, but the temptation was great.  These were $175 each, a little pricey so I’m going to look into finding new pieces and creating the look.

IMG_0474These wooden mallets got my attention because of their varying shapes and heights.  In case you are wondering, they were used for barn building.  I wouldn’t want someone with one of those in their hand to get mad at me!

IMG_0489One exhibit featured lamps and chandeliers made from the most interesting materials.   For a fleeting moment I could imagine one in my eclectic mix of things.

IMG_9777Then, there were those things that reminded me of some of you bloggers.  White porcelain

IMG_0480and blue and white pieces are favorites of many of you.

IMG_0487Exhibits are in fields, tents and enclosed spaces some of which are beautifully displayed.

IMG_0488I have a hard time imagining how much dealers have to sell to justify the cost.   As one said, it’s always a gamble and you have to do a show knowing that you will win or lose.

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A day or two of wandering among the exhibits is about all I can take and then I’m ready to get back in the car and wander the country roads stopping here and there to take a photo.

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Leaving the City Behind

HoustonCome April, Houston folks leave snarled traffic, city crowds and tall buildings behind for a few hours and head to the country.  

bluebonnetsBelieve it or not, it doesn’t take much more than an hour to find those country roads that wind through wide open spaces.

bluebonnetsYou’ve heard of cows in the meadow?  Well, there are plenty of them, and these days they just might be resting in  fields where bluebonnets and Indian paints are profuse

flowers/poppyand bright red poppies lift their faces to the sun

flowers/cactusalongside cacti showing their colors.

animals/sheepHere and there sheep graze,

animals/pigs pigs play in the mud

cowboyand a friendly cowboy stops to chew the fat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it’s time to sit a spell, it’s not hard to find a welcoming porch where you can breathe the air and leave thoughts of big city life behind.

Think I’ll fit right in with that sassy pink cowgirl hat?

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