These beautiful trees, on just the other side of the fairway where we live, always take my breath away. I can be carrying a load of laundry or walking into the kitchen or looking up from a good book and I’ll spy the gorgeous fall colors of these trees across the way.

I have a family member – more than one, now that I think of it – who laments the months of September and October because of ‘what comes next’. How sad. As for me, I fully appreciate the joy and exquisite splendor of not just fall but every season, come what may. For I know that everything around us is forever changing and evolving and I prefer to enjoy the jubilant majesty of what nature provides, right here and right now.


Our assignment this week is to provide photographic evidence of that which is ordinary, everyday and mundane but yet soothing, beautiful or otherwise pleasing to the soul (my interpretation rather than a verbatim description of the task at hand).

To keep sparrows and other small birds from nesting in our furnace exhaust, husband fashioned a crude chicken wire cover to prevent them from swooping in and potentially clogging the pipe. Time and Midwest weather conditions have transformed sleek, dull gray metal into earthy colors – alive with texture! – in vivid contrast with Home Depot White.

I somewhat enjoy the resulting look of this combination of forces: thus, the photo.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extraordinary