Friday, October 18, 2013

Focus on Life:All in a day.

This week sally of http://thestudiosublime.com/ asked us to show all in a day. Every fall I try to go on a fall leaf color road trip. Minnesota is spectacular in the fall. This year it was Monday. My son, his fiance, and I headed for Duluth. It is about 1 1/2 hours north of where we live. We took backroads and stopped frequently to take photos of natures glory. The brilliant reds of the maples are mostly gone now as are the light lemony yellows. The colors now are golden , rust and burgundy, so rich and radiant against the evergreens. Duluth is a interesting place to visit. It is on the shore of Lake Superior. The town is built on the hillsides facing the lake. It it's heyday it was very prosperous. There was logging, fishing, and iron ore mining with railroads and ore ships to carry the ore away. There are many grand old Victorian houses in the town. I shared two of my favorite. We stopped at Brighton Beach park and I got lots of great pics there. Did you see the clump of grass growing from the rock in the lake? I also like the pic of the small yellow flowers growing at the edge of the lake in the rock crevasses. Plants have a tough time growing here as conditions are very harsh with the wind blowing off the lake in the winter, sometimes at 30 below zero or more.  We went to Hobby Lobby while we were there. Yeah new bead stuff, plus a skein of yarn so I can knit a scarf. I haven't knitted in many years but I want to give it a try again. Our last stop was Russ' Fish House  in Two Harbor for  homemade smoked trout. Yumm!. The roof with the row of seagulls was a pic I snapped of the house next to Russ'. All in all I had a wonderful day. Please click Sally's link to see what everyone else did all in a day.
While you are here I thought I would post this. Some time ago I was looking at Michelle Mach's blog http://michellemach.com/blog/ and I entered her pay it forward giveaway. I was luck enough to win a treasure box of goodies in the color of my choice.  The pic above is what she sent. I am really pleased with what I received. The idea is to send something handmade (or a treasure box of beads)to the first three people to comment on your post.  Your handmade surprise will arrive sometime in the next year. When you comment you agree to pay it forward in the same way as I did.   It is an interesting way to connect with other beaders. Good luck. 

20 comments:

  1. Looks like you got a neat box of goodies.

    I would love to participate in your pay it forward giveaway.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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    1. Ok Carolyn you are in. I will email you later with more details.

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  2. Gorgeous fall foliage pics!!! Love them!

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  3. What a beautiful collage of nature at its best. Love the fall, miss the color change here in FL.

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  4. Thanx Marlene, The fall here is beautiful. I had a great day taking fall pics.

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  5. I have tonnes of beads I would be happy to participate in the play it forward if I'm not too late! Love your fall foliage pictures. I need to do a foliage trip sometime this week. Our leaves are just starting to turn. If you want help with the scarf email me. Not sure how easy it is to help online...

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  6. that is the perfect day! I would love to have tagged along ... always wanted to see Duluth as I still have many relatives in the area. And that makes so much sense to me now that you say it is a fishing and logging area (where I grew up in OR it is the same) ... it tends to attract scandinavians. And smoked fish and beads? heaven!

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    1. It was a wonderful day. Duluth is a great place to visit. Yes there are lots of Scandinavians in this area.

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  7. Hi Lynn you are in I will email with more detain soon. I'm glad I went last week on the fall day last week it is snowing this morning. Thanx for the offer of help on my knitting, I have a really good book and several friends here who I can ask.

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  8. Oh, what a fabulous day! Between the gorgeous colors of leaves and the houses - I'd have been in heaven! Smoked fish AND beads,...yep!! Awesome photos!

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  9. It really was a fabulous day. I always enjoy going to Duluth. There is so much to see and do there. Thanx for calling my photos awesome. This focusing on life challenge that Sally came up with has helped me get better at taking photos.

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  10. Gorgeous fall collage, and wow! Lucky you for winning that beautiful stash...my favourite colors.

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    1. Thanx Lori. I do indeed feel lucky to have won.

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  11. I so miss a true foliage season. I don't have it here in Montana - the forest is mostly evergreen. The best I get is a touch of yellow.

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  12. I saw photos of your place on your blog and it is gorgeous. There are lots of evergreens here too. They make great contract to the fall foliage. I''m glad I went last week it is snowing here today.

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  13. Stunning photos in your collage, and I love the contrast with all the blue beads! Great post :)

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  14. Thanx Claire. I had a great day and I really like the beads I got.

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  15. What a great collection of your day. I love every photo the colors of the leaves, the houses, perfect!

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  16. Thanx Adrienne I had a perfect day.

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