I was sitting in my living room when I heard this little guy chirping outside on the front porch.  He was perched a top a pillow on the rocker.  I sneakily snapped these images through the window, so as not to scare him away.

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The temperatures sure are interesting around here.  Yesterday it was 39F in the morning and warmed up to 77F by late afternoon.  Even the foliage is showing signs of the dead winter and the buds of spring.

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These trees were literally right next to one another!

It’s amazing how quickly the sun sets, or maybe just how fast time goes by when I am out walking and taking pictures.  We went to a neighborhood trail last night and walked east which gave me a chance to turn back and take these shots of the setting sun backlighting the tree line.

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What seemed like ten short minutes later, when we returned along the same path, the sun had disappeared.

The gnat clusters (I don’t know what else to call them!) were out in full force.  If you look close, you can see them in the sunlight below.  They were all along our walking path, so I felt like I had to keep my head down a lot.

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All in all, it was a nice after-dinner outing.  My daughter rode her bike; I got some decent shots (more to come), and my husband kept us both company.

I got a new camera a few months back and the remote shutter control from my old camera doesn’t fit on my new one, so this longer exposure shot of the sunrise through my backyard trees isn’t as sharp as it could have been.

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Then my husband, who is not a photographer per se, reminded me I could have used the self-timer to avoid the camera shake and I just had to laugh at myself.  Oh well!  It was 6am and I hadn’t had my coffee yet. 🙂

These aren’t mine, but they make me want to plant a garden of my own. Beautiful, aren’t they?

Driving through Illinois this weekend, just snapping pictures of whatever.

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This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made Out of Plastic. The first is a butterfly craft Caitlin made at her 4th grade spring party yesterday using jelly beans, a snack-size plastic baggie, a clothes-pin, and a pipe cleaner. So cute!

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This last one is a photo of a frog figurine taken through the view of an almost empty plastic bottle of hand sanitizer.  I think he’s cute, too!

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