Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169 – The Ordinary

Our challenge from guest host I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold your Breath is to show ordinary objects. I chose a few images from my back yard that show ordinary sights around my October garden.

In the image above, the pink plumes of the Muhly Grass is an ordinary sign of fall where I live.

Every October, when most of the flowers in my butterfly garden are gone, the bright orange Mexican Sunflowers are still attracting butterflies. Gulf Fritillaries, Skippers, and Monarch butterflies are ordinary visitors feasting on the last of the nectar.

Gulf Fritillary on Mexican Sunflower
Monarch on Mexican Sunflower
Skipper on Mexican Sunflower

Many thanks to our guest host I.J. Khanewala for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Thanks also to Terri’s Sunday Stills Challenge: Burnt or Blood Orange

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #167 – Autumn Colors

For this challenge our host Amy has asked us to share images of Autumn Colors. Where I live in Coastal Georgia, the calendar says autumn but the temperature is still warm. Even when the weather cools off, we don’t get the orange, red, and yellow colors we think of when we think of autumn. When we want to see the brilliant colors we travel to higher elevations in October or November.

The images at the top of the page and these next two images were taken on a lake in West Georgia one November.

The following images were taken one October as we took a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

I hope you are enjoying your autumn where ever you are.

Many thanks to Amy for challenging us with Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #167: Autumn Colors

Lens-Artists #106: Autumn

This July “Seasons” will be the theme for the entire month with a different season featured each week. This week the challenge is “Autumn”.

In coastal Georgia, cool fall weather is always a treat after the sweltering heat of summer. The sweetgrass (muhly grass) that grows here announces autumn with it’s brilliant pink colors.

In coastal Georgia, Muhly grass (sweetgrass) turns a pink in autumn

When we want to see red, orange, and yellow autumn leaves we travel away from the coast.

Fall Colors in Georgia
Vibrant autumn colors on the UGA campus
Fall Colors at Lake of the Ozarks
Fall colors at Lake of the Ozarks
Fall Colors on Blue Ridge Parkway in NC
Fall Colors on Blue Ridge Parkway in NC

In our house, autumn means it’s college football season. We have spent many fall Saturday afternoons at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia cheering on the Dawgs.

Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs

Patti, thank you for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Autumn

Throwback Thursday #12 – November 7, 2009

We’re not traveling as much in our fifth wheel anymore so I thought it would be fun to relive some of our most memorable days from previous RV trips.

On this day eleven years ago, November 7, 2008, we were camped at the Kentucky Horse Park, a beautiful state park in Lexington, Kentucky. What a contrast from the week before when we were camped awning to awning in a large parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida to attend the Georgia/Florida college football game.  After traveling through Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, we traded the crowded parking lot for a large campsite in a quiet natural setting. We were in Lexington to attend the Georgia/Kentucky SEC football game at Commonwealth Stadium at the University of Kentucky.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky

The game wasn’t until Saturday so as always we wanted to explore the area. It was raining when we woke up that day so what would be better than taking a drive along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and touring a distillery. As we drove along the fall colors were gorgeous and we passed some beautiful horse farms.

Bridges over the Kentucky River at the Wild Turkey Distillery

We stopped at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg for a tour. It was our first distillery tour and very interesting. There were about 22 warehouses filled with barrels of whiskey ageing in the charred barrels. Each barrel is only used once and after they are used the barrels are shipped to distilleries in Ireland to be used to age Irish whiskey. Little did we know that one day we would be touring the Jameson Distillery and see Wild Turkey barrels there!.

Wild Turkey Distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Ageing barrels at Wild Turkey Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

After we returned to the campground I walked by this old barn in the park as I was taking my afternoon walk.

Barn at Kentucky Horse Park

We attended the football game on Saturday, and on Sunday we enjoyed touring the museums and seeing the horses up close at the Kentucky Horse Park.