Friday, November 30, 2007

Monthly Theme Day - Bridges!

These pictures were taken this summer in Niagara Falls, Canada. This is called the "Rainbow Bridge," which connects Nigara Falls, Ontario with Niagara Falls, NY. I didn't make it down to Long Grove to take a picture of the covered bridge after all. We rode on the "Maid of the Mist" boat seen in the 2nd picture of the falls. Yes, you do get wet! Here are the other blogs participating today. I noticed there is an error in the middle -- Minneapolis, MN (?)

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sunrise, Sunset

The first 2 pictures are from this morning before sunrise looking out over my yard. The third picture was taken last night right after sunset, obviously looking in the opposite direction! I always heard that red skies at night mean "sailors delight" and red skies in the morning mean "sailors take warning." Our weather today is gloomy, so I guess the morning skies take precedence! Happy November almost December. I have been thinking bridges and probably will have to pull one out of an archive. Although there is a nice one in Long Grove Illinois -- a traditional covered bridge -- if I get a chance to drive down there.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Pretty Poinsettias

Here is one in a new series of photos of Christmas decorations in my area. This one is from Countryside Flower Shop and Nursery, Crystal Lake, IL.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

I like the giraffe "X," also the lovely polar bear! There is an underwater viewing area to see the polar bear swimming -- really nice. This zoo is clean, small enough to manage and best of all, FREE!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We Pilgrims and Indians sat down to an early feast. Tomorrow is the big day but we will still have plenty of turkey leftovers. We also had sausage/mushroom stuffing, traditional green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and cranberries. The kids like pickles and olives especially!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fox River, Illinois -- Last Boat Ride!

This should be one of the last times people are using boats -- snow is coming tomorrow!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Classic American Farmhouse

Valley View Farm, Nunda Township, IL.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Prairie Grove Farm

Nunda Township, Illinois.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Good Morning Horsey!

Some of these guys wanted nothing to do with me. Others came right over to investigate. Sorry about the misty images, but it was morning mist time.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Horse Farm Fence, Take 2

I have an earlier post with another horse farm fence (October 23, 2007). Both farms are in Wauconda, IL.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sandhill Cranes

These birds congregate at the farm field right by my house in Nunda Township. If you check the below website, you can hear the sounds they make -- very cool. They are really big birds! They should be on their way South, very soon.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Another Renaissance Faire Photo - Fairy

This little girl honestly thought the fairy was Tinkerbell, and was absolutely delighted. Isn't this a marvelous costume/makeup job? I will get back to fall in Nunda tomorrow, I promise. ;)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Renaissance Faire revisited

These were just some women attending the faire, not "players" -- see old posts for more pictures. Bristol Renaissance Faire - Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

One more view . . .

Lakewood Forest Preserve/Lake County Musuem. Wauconda, IL.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sunday, November 4, 2007

New England in Illinois??

Buildings from Lakewood Forest Preserve, Lake County History Museum. Wauconda, IL.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sorry -- one last Halloween picture

Isn't this a big pumpkin? I had to post this one!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Freddy Krueger and Michael Meyers

Halloween's favorite villains. . . where's Jason? These guys were at a haunted trail we went to on Halloween night in Island Lake, IL.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November Theme Day: Blue Morning Glory

This is from my garden. Glad I took this photo a week ago -- we've since had a frost and all of the flowers are gone now!
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