Tornado Season

We’ve had some stormy weather here lately with a mix of cold and warm air. And you know what that means, tornado season is upon us. 🌪😮 

As scary as that is, I have always loved a good storm. The power of the wind coming through the trees, the sounds from the rustling leaves, and the colors in the sky make for a beautiful atmosphere. 💗

Pretty sunset in Midwest.

Storm clouds.
Storms in Indiana
Storm in Indiana
A stormy day and Indiana.

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Nature Photography: Lone Pinecone

This is Indiana’s weather pattern right now:

Freezing weather, overcast days, turning sunny and finally seeing clear days, but too cold to go outside at length because it’s in the thirties, then warm and in the sixties but overcast, rainy or super windy.

Indiana weather=never predictable

purple tulips in spring

Recently we had several trees bud and flowers pop up only for it to turn cold again.

Not sure all the flowers survived. We shall see. I personally don’t plant ANYTHING till after Mother’s Day to be safe.

Last week it was in the 30s and SO COLD and WINDY, that we bundled up under three layers of clothing just to take a walk. I haven’t been able to walk or bike much the entire year due to some horrible, 24/7, back pain, but I got a little relief recently (may write a blog about my theory as to why), so we immediately headed outdoors… frigid temps and hurricane-like winds, or not!

We quickly noticed we were the only ones walking the trail as we pushed against the wind. We looked like bears coming out of hibernation that desperately NEEDED a walk, with all those layers of clothing!

As for shooting pictures along our walks, it’s now too painful to carry much gear with me, so I’ve been shooting more with my iPhone, a 5 at that! I know, I know, you DSLR owners are shrieking right now. But, it is what it is.

A single pine cone along a walking path this spring in the park.

Along one of the paths, I came upon some pines and captured this lone pinecone. I noticed hundreds of tiny pinecones littering the ground and quickly began to stuff my pockets with them. They were so cute. My husband was patient with me as I  discussed how great it’d be to make another poster with them.

When I first got my DSLR as a gift from my parents, I shot my first ever poster with acorns I gathered from another trip where I tagged along with my hubby as he had business up in northern Indiana. But, not too long after enjoying my new camera, my tripod fell over and my lens jammed. So, now I only have a telephoto (kit lens) and I have to back up to Timbuktu to capture most shots.

nut poster

So here’s to consistently warm days (with low pollen counts for me) AND talking my husband into buying me a larger, iPhone 7.

OKAY, I’ll settle for a 6+ 😉

since I also can’t see very well….

do I sound very convincing yet?

I mean, my birthday is coming up, after all! 😀

Tell me below what you like to shoot with and what are your favorite things to try and capture?

Rainy Days

Standing in the creek behind my house with my TOTES on.

RAINY days and Mondays always don’t always get me down.

Didn’t you love the Carpenters?

But, I’m not complaining about the rain as it really helps my dry skin and eyes…ahhhh relief!

This picture was taken back by the creek before all this rain fell. I was testing out my new TOTES.  I walked right through the creek to get some shots. 

However, I thought twice about going out to view the creek today. We have had nothing but downpours like you wouldn’t believe all day, everyday for a week. 

And I’m afraid one slip of the foot, and I’d be swept away. 

The creek is at the back of our acre of land, and normally you wouldn’t even know it’s there.

But I can hear the sound of the rushing water clear up by my house today!

Our county was under a flash flood watch just after one night of downpour.  

OK, now this is the third time I’m hearing hail hit the windows, in the past week, and these strong winds make the house sound like it’s going to implode… constant creaking sounds. 😮

What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

Spring FAIL

Probably like a lot of readers, here, we are getting more snow today.

bird bracing itself in cold, winter weather

My hubby is off to Maryland on business and flights have already been canceled. He’s due to arrive at the airport right when they are expecting 8-12 inches. PERFECT TIMING! NOT.

I woke up to this….

snow falling in the spring of Indiana

just after buying some spring decor and hanging that banner.

Yep, it’s a no go.

We went from 60-degree temps to 30 (overnight) last week.

To go from the beach in Florida back home to this…always has been kind of disheartening.

Spring Break tan is useless when you return to snows back home.

I need some sun!

Oh man, it’s snowing again!!