Fall peaked in Atlanta this past weekend and it was truly spectacular! Everywhere we drove the trees were in full color! Reds, yellows and greens bursting in all their glory. It has been a few years since I have seen such abundance of colors. Perhaps it was the extra rainy summer we had, or maybe Mother Nature just decided to give us a show. For whatever reason, I couldn’t resist stepping out into our backyard and snapping a few photos of the bicycle and birdbaths before the leaves were blown away.
As you can probably tell by the last photo, we have a couple more weeks of leaves falling so I’m hoping to snap a few more photos before they all disappear. How are the Fall colors in your part of the world? I’d love to see your colors!
“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is a preparation for a future only He can see.” ~Corrie ten Boom
Isn’t this the truth and what a great reminder about being grateful for the difficult times in our lives and the many lessons we learn along the way! Lessons of Faith, Trust, Forgiveness and how to be Grateful for the good and the bad.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ~Mother Teresa
Are you giving with love or just going through the motions of giving? As we approach the season of “giving thanks” and “giving” I encourage you to pause and think about the amount of love you can put into your giving.
I am a sucker for old, dilapidated architecture whether a building, a bridge or some form of transportation. So, it was really a no-brainer for Michael to stop the truck so I could take a few shots of what I call “The Forgotten Railroad.”
It wasn’t much more than the cab and the red caboose sitting off the main road in the town of Hartwell, Georgia. There were no historic markers, no “keep out signs” or anything to stop me from getting a few closeup shots. In fact the grassy field in front of the train was well manicured as if it was saying “come closer and take a look!”
And so while Michael patiently waited, I slipped out of the truck with my camera in tow and walked towards the abandoned structures. It was the middle of the day and the sun was extremely bright with clear skies. Not the ideal situation for lighting, but I made it work.
I would have loved to walk around the train, but the grass was tall underneath and I was trying to avoid any surprise encounters with a snake or any other stray creature. It was bad enough I had flip flops on and accidentally stepped in an ant bed!
I look at this tattered seat through the window and wonder who were the travelers? Where we they going? Was this just a local scenic train that traveled the area, or was it part of a bigger transportation system?
How many feet have climbed up on these steps and how many hands have grabbed these rails to take a ride in this cab?
And then there’s the red caboose! Can’t you just imagine the train conductor waving at the cars or pedestrians waiting patiently at the train crossing?
Too bad the red caboose has gone away with technology. Perhaps people would be a little more patient with a passing train if they new the train conductor and the red caboose would be pulling up the rear!
It you look closely, you can still see the rails of the train tracks. It’s as if they were purposefully laid there to park these last two cars.
“One thing about trains: it doesn’t matter where they’re goin’. What matters is deciding to get on!”
September 21st is “World Gratitude Day” and its history dates back to 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966.
Today, I’m grateful for the beauty of the change of seasons. What are you grateful for today?
💐 Today marks the beginning of “National Thinking of You Week” and I can’t think of a better way to let someone know they are being thought of than by sending them a personal, handwritten note!
In a world full of instant text messages and e-mails there are so many benefits to writing a personal note:
📝You’ll brighten someone’s day – It’s such a special feeling to open the mailbox and find an unexpected note from a friend or loved one. When someone takes the time to pick out the right card, write out a personal message, stamp and address an envelope and then drop it in the mail, it demonstrates to the receiver they are important, appreciated and cared about.
📝It’s good for your own health – There are a couple of ways it’s good for your health. First, the act of writing is a therapeutic and calming stress reducer. Another positive health benefit is the act of doing good for others.
📝 You create a lasting memory – Notes are permanent keepsakes (and a piece of history) from loved ones long after they are gone. So what are you waiting for?
Go ahead and grab that pen and paper and get started today! And, of course if you need to stock up on some “Thinking of You” or other unique greeting cards and photography gifts then pop on over to my Etsy shop by following or copying this link in your browser👉👉 https://www.etsy.com/shop/donnarobinsonphoto
Well folks, this concludes my “30 Days of Hummingbirds” photography challenge. I hope you have enjoyed this journey as much as I have enjoyed the challenge of capturing these beautiful little creatures.
So what did I learn? Take a look:
It’s ok to push the ISO during the “blue hour” in order to gain light while maintaining a fast shutter speed;
The faster the shutter speed (and higher ISO) the more detail you’ll get;
Patience and quickness go hand in hand when photographing hummingbirds;
A trip to South America to visit the Hummingbird preserves is now on my Photography Bucket List!
There are a lot of great professional hummingbird photographers out there. If you’re on Instagram below are a couple that I follow:
Thanks again for following along with me.
P.S. – If you missed a few be sure to take a wander around my site.