Dreamy Landscapes, Cleaning up the Compost Bins, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

When I took this photo I thought it was dreamy enough to be a study for a painting. It’s from a long-ago photo expedition to Germany and Belgium, taking pictures for a program my brother was working on. If this one had a title it would be “Somewhere in Bavaria” since I no longer remember exactly where we were. I just remember saying, “oooh, quick, pull over and let me take a picture.”

Evening landscape, Germany

Evening landscape, Germany – in the Swabian Jura, and in case you’re wondering, it was long before photoshop, so this was the real color.

I have boxes and boxes of slides (remember slides?). And besides my own, I have boxes of Bob’s slides, and boxes of Bob’s father’s slides. The bad news is, the only ones I have a projector for are mine. There is a big sorting job in my future.

I think this next one is from the same trip, but since it was a while ago that I pulled it out and scanned it, I can’t be sure unless I go back to those boxes (not gonna happen today).

German or Swiss Landscape with full moon

Small town, big moon, Germany or Switzerland.

Fast-forwarding a couple of decades, here’s Sam in a dreamy landscape, on last year’s stopover in Iceland.

Sam - Iceland Geysir tour

Man of Mystery on an Iceland Geysir tour – with a little steam to stay warm on a cold day.

Now for a segue, proving dreamy is as dreamy does — yesterday (a holiday, yet) he came over and cleaned out my compost bins so they’re ready for the fall onslaught of leaves. It’s hard to believe that mountain of leaves from last fall has composted so well over the summer. Since I no longer have a traditional lawn, we’re using up a leftover bag of lawn fertilizer, a handful at a time, to speed along the process. All the credit for composting progress goes to Sam. I’ve delegated far too much since my last year’s incident with the yellow-jackets, and I’m vowing now to do better in future — no more wimpy yellow-jacket avoidance for me.

Compost bins, contents combined into one bin

Compost bins in the rain today – that’s a good thing! By tomorrow the contents will shrink down even more.

The acorns were falling so fast we needed hardhats. I’m going to be in big trouble when they start sprouting in the spring.

Too many acorns

Maybe having so many squirrels around will turn out to be a good thing.

 I won’t say I didn’t think about this —   http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Acorns-for-Food

 Yes, I wandered off-topic, but what do you think – do you have any dreamy acorn recipes?

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17 thoughts on “Dreamy Landscapes, Cleaning up the Compost Bins, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

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  2. Beautiful purplish photo, Sandy. It does look like a dream world out there, a peaceful one without a person or animal in sight. Love the second photo too. That moon is so round and yellow, like a piece of cheese.

    Acorns? I don’t get too many of those where I live. You could make crafts out of them? Perhaps paint them?

    • Thanks for your kind comment on the photos. As for acorns, these oak trees just go overboard in some years. I think the Native Americans and settlers harvested them, but I “gather” you have to be pretty hungry to like them. I’d still like to try some time. Walnuts and pecans are yummier but I don’t have those. Hickory nuts – there are lots but too hard to shell. I guess this is just a nutty place.
      Thanks for commenting Mabel — Sandy

      • Love you play on words, Sandy. Not nutty, but very smart. Oooh. I too like walnuts and pecans, though my favourite nut is hazelnut. All this nut talk has now got me thinking of what nutty sweet treat to buy from the shops…or maybe I should make one. Hmmm.

      • In the part of the country where I grew up, there was hazelnut “brush”, meaning they grew wild, but they were tiny bitty things, not like the ones in the stores. We also had black walnuts, a stronger flavor than English walnuts, and a mess to crack (but wonderful). But now that I read your comment I’m thinking I’ll have some hazelnut flavoring in my morning coffee. Yum – thanks for that.

    • SO many slides. How are you viewing yours? I have a light table, but that takes a lot of squinting. I decided to put off going through their slides until I’ve sorted the rest of the things, in case I find a projector. I also have both our fathers’ home movies, and have most of them digitized now and can edit them on my laptop. Thanks for the comment Jean — Sandy

      • Luckily I have a projector and screen, though the projector is a bit dodgy. Also have one of those hand held slide viewers.

        Yes, home movies are here too and I haven’t even begun to look at them or search for the projector or whatever is used to show them. Is having them digitized a big deal or how does one even go about it?

      • Getting the films digitized isn’t such a big deal now. I googled and found several local places that do it (I didn’t want to risk sending them away). But some do a better job than others, so it does pay to try more than one place if you have several reels. The quality isn’t great on any of the ones I have — they’re mostly 1940’s through early 1960’s and the film only keeps its color so long. But, they look OK viewed on a computer screen, just not on a large screen. And, they’re wonderful to see. I’d be glad to try to help if you have any questions, so let me know. — Sandy

      • I hope you get to at least view them, if not get them copied. It’s wonderful to see your parents young, and the movie format is (forgive me) so much more moving an experience, it brings them alive in a way the old still photos don’t. Get out your hankies. If they’re as old as my movies, beware putting them in the projector yourself, as they can be brittle, and subject to breaking at the splices. If your dad had movies and a projector, he may have also had a lighted editor you can thread them through, and crank to view them. Do please let me know how it works out — Sandy

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