Highlights from last week with Catherine…

These photos are from my phone. I haven’t had time to go through the photos on my big camera. They have to be turned into jpegs before I can post them. 

We shopped, a lot. For shoes, clothes, makeup, antiques, and more. Lots more. We both found Joy in shopping, but this little bit of joy came home with me :-).


We went to see the pumpkins and flowers at the Dallas Arboretum…

I am so bad at selfies. I’m never sure where to look and my arm is not long enough. At least this time my eyes aren’t roving off to the side :-).


We went to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the Kusama Pumpkins. The are in a mirrored infinity room and you only get 45 seconds inside, per trip. That’s really fast!

I think 45 seconds is right. It just enough time to be impressed and not so much time to get over the coolness of the spectacle.

And then there’s this, perhaps the most artful exit sign in existence.


Catherine and I had a great time together and I miss her. We are lucky that we live now, when there is FaceTime. We can still visit from opposite sides of the earth.


Visiting the Dallas Arboretum…

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Lorna, the kids, and I went to the Dallas Arboretum yesterday and it looks like spring is already here! Jack took way more pictures than I did.

Jack Taking Pictures

Bear rarely wanted to stop for a photo.


The cherry trees have begun to bloom. That was a surprise to me — I didn’t know there were cherry trees there!


The crepe myrtles are lovely even when they have not leafed out.

crepe myrtle

This is for my friend, Catherine :-).


Autumn photo challenge…

My friend, Catherine, and I are both taking Ricky’s 52 Week Photo Challenge. This week the challenge is ‘autumn’. What a great excuse to go to the Dallas Arboretum! Let me just say, they have the most amazing array of pumpkins, gourds, and autumn flowers on display. Every year, it gets better.

Catherine took this photo of me :-).

Catherine took this photo of me :-).

For me, the photography challenge was to choose the correct aperture and to manually focus. I had to cull many photos, but there were a surprising number of good ones in the group. We also learned some new editing tricks in Lightroom this week that I am very happy to know.

Of the 209 photos I took, I think these are my best choices. Of these, I have several favorites. I’d love it if you let me know which photo you think says ‘Autumn’ AND is also a good photo—in focus, framed well, overall just a nice composition. I thank you in advance the time you spend doing this :-).

FYI: Click on the photo galleries to see bigger photos. Look for the right and left arrows to scroll through the gallery.

I took a lot of street-scene-with-pumpkin photos. We went on mother and baby/little kid day. The children were decked out to be photographed with the pumpkins and adults were snapping away like crazy. There were also a lot of adults without children in tow (like us) who were there to soak up a beautiful day.

This is a yearly display at the Arboretum. Right now the pumpkins are firm and looking good. As they sit out in the sun, and later, after we begin to get overnight freezes, they get soft and tired. The display ends at Thanksgiving, but by then they are well past their prime. If you are nearby, now is definitely the time to go!