The butt belongs to a Carolina Wren who was singing away in the front yard.
For those who have asked, I use a Panasonic DMC-FZ28 point & shoot camera.
When I bought my camera in June 2009, I wanted it to have a good "zoom", be relatively lightweight, and be easy to use. I'd finished chemo 7 months earlier and was still afflicted with something called "chemo fog". My once good memory was .. um .. just a distant memory. I really wanted a Nikon D90, a digital SLR with a telephoto lens but I needed a camera that I could actually remember how to turn on. Along with memory issues, I had a "frozen" shoulder and couldn't carry around a camera plus additional lenses. I chatted with someone who'd just purchased this camera and was satisfied with it so I bought it. (Thank you BirdingRVer for answering my questions.) For the most part, I like my camera. I'd still like a camera with a telephoto lens (and the brains to use it correctly) but I'm happy with my choice.
.. the leaves were bigger or I was a better photographer or if I had a better camera, you'd see the falling leaves. The wind came up. The leaves were falling from the trees. They were blowing all over the yard. They looked like multicolored snowflakes .. but .. my picture does not accurately reflect how it looked. (All of the little "dots" in front of the pines trees are the falling leaves.)
When Pawpa goes on his "rounds" to the post office, junk shop, dump, and antique co-ops, I get stuck at home guarding Mom. If she is sitting in her chair reading, I like to sit here .. in the doorway .. so I can watch the front door and be ready to greet Pawpa when he returns.
Pawpa had wanted to cut down this holly tree in the front of the house but decided not to do it because the other holly trees looked like "female" trees and in order to get holly berries, one tree must be male.
Today Mom was glad he didn't cut it down because she AFTER she got her sweaters back from the cleaners, she had to air them out. She has fragrance allergies and could not wear her sweaters because "they stunk" bad. Either someone handling them wore way too much cologne or they added some new kind of fragrance to the cleaning process. In any event, they spent the day hanging from the holly tree.
These are a few of the building in the Collinsville Axe Factory complex. The trestle bridge that you see in the middle is part of the Rails to Trails system. It connects parts of the trail that are located on opposite ends of the property.
Although the axe factory has been closed for many years,there are several small businesses that are operating in the old buildings on the property. The canals are no longer used for hydropower purposes.