On a recent trip to visit friends in Santa Fe, we took a drive to Taos. We decided to take the bridge over the Rio Grande on the way back. There was construction, and while we were waiting before crossing I took this shot. You'll have to click on the photo to read the sign.
Last weekend Dan and I had the best meal I've ever had at a fundraiser. This one was for hospice and Alzheimer's care services at Promedica Health Systems and was catered by Evan's Street Station, in Tecumseh, Michigan. The wines were from Santa Rita Vineyard in Chile. As if good wine and good food weren't enough, Jose Villa Lobos, flew all the way from Chile to describe the wine for each course - delightful!
Passed Hors d'Oeuvres
Shrimp and Sweet Corn Salad on Crispy Tortilla with Spiced Creme Fraiche
Roulade of Quinoa & Harvest Vegetables
Beef Crudos with Lemon Juice, Diced Onion & Traditional Yogurt Sauce
Scallop Ceviche with Lime & Local Chiles in Belgium Endive
Grasses are some of my favorite plants. I love the way they sway in the breeze and catch the light. When ripe and warmed by the sun they smell like autumn. This is Big Bluestem. It is also known as Turkey Foot Grass because the ripe seed heads look like upside-down turkey feet. This photo was taken at Campbell Prairie, which is in the Oak Openings Metro park.
Hidden in the same prairie is this Praying Mantis egg case. It is very hard, but light - like Styrofoam. The case provides insulation and allows the eggs (and the species) to survive the winter.
You'd be hard pressed to find a happier person than Gordy Rogers when this photo was taken last week. He had just found out that his metastatic cancer continues to be in remission. He is an amazing architect who also, apparently, has excellent balancing skills. I would have been more impressed if the glass was full of scotch.
Fall is here. I finally had to give in and turn on the heat this morning. Although this rather inadequate photo was taken earlier this year, I have continued to see hummingbirds at the feeders, as late as this morning. I am guessing they have spent the summer in Canada and have only just now made it this far south. It's hard not to worry about them.