after the storm

after the storm
Welcome autumn!

Monday, September 7, 2015

what I've been shooting this week ...


First up, unidentified pods. I live in the desert and love fall. It isn't always easy to find around here. Sure, I can go to Trader Joe's and buy lots of pumpkins like I do every year. We make trips to the mountains to gather fallen leaves and pine cones. Actually finding bits of fall that occur naturally here really makes me happy. These were found in the Target parking lot. They had fallen from the trees that seem to be planted in every shopping parking lot around here. Somehow, I have never noticed them before. I am a plant lover but have no idea what they are. Thoughts of dryer sheets, shampoo, soap and hair spray disappeared from my head when I spotted these. An unusual cool, rainy day gave the blue, autumn feel to these. I photographed them in my vintage industrial dough bucket.


Next, Hatch chile peppers. If you aren't lucky enough to live somewhere where these are available, I am sorry. They are harvested in August and the smell of the roasters fills the air in the grocery store parking lots around here. Hmmmmm, I just realized I seem to have a parking lot theme going on here. I am a spice wimp. Luckily, our grocery store has a mild bin and a spicy bin. We buy both. WB blisters them on our grill and the smell is divine. We freeze them and then after removing the seeds, use as we want through the year for chile rellenos, soups and stews.

Next, just some shots around the house as I am pulling in bits of fall because despite what the thermometer says, I am ready. I spray painted some gourds copper to see if I like them.

Not sure if I like them or not. I generally prefer things natural but I do like copper.





















Some old books with my favorite new candle, Volcano.


Finally, just a little addition to the dining room. I could not resist this owl. He makes me smile every time I see him.

Hope you have a happy week!

Joining the Table It Link Party and Amaze Me Monday.



5 comments:

a quiet life said...

Beautiful images as always. I can smell fall in the air, but now is when the beach ditches the fog for our much awaited summer. I am torn between two seasons, warmth or color, it's a coin toss of happiness~

deb said...

Hum...wish I could help re: the seed pods. Don't recall ever seeing them. Might be fun to plant a few and see what you get?

Christine Graves said...

Stunning photos. I love that you can interpret fall where you are, because you did it beautifully!

terriporter said...

Not sure what those seed pods are either but I know I've seen them. So glad you stopped and picked them up because they make a beautiful fall prop! I know a lot of people around the country are sad to see summer go, I am ready for fall. Love the owl and the copper fruit. Perfect additions to your already lovely decor.

Donna said...

I love your owl, too.