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Monthly Archives: November 2009

“Seriously, do I look like a turkey?” (Helmeted Guinea Fowl) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/9, 1/250s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

The plan seemed foolproof:

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, it would be brilliant to get a great shot of the pair of white turkeys I had seen roaming the pens at Russell Orchards in early October. So, while our turkey was roasting in the oven, we piled into the Jeep and headed off to the orchard.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a flock of white geese who decided immediately to surround and attack Jim. (No worries, he’s scrappy and quickly got away). We then made a bee-line for the animal barns and pens but only found ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, roosters, horses and guinea fowl.

Hmmm, where, oh, where were the turkeys??

I looked at Jim. He simply raised his eyebrows and waited for it to sink in.

Processing…wait…no…c’mon…you don’t think…they wouldn’t…really??

Yep, a female staffer confirmed it. Figures.

Well, you can’t say I didn’t give it my best shot!

H A P P Y   T H A N K S G I V I N G !

When I was a kid, seeing the Indian Corn on the door meant the Thanksgiving holiday was imminent. It still means the same thing to me today.

The turkey is brining in the fridge and the pumpkin pie is all set. Just a few more preparations to go for our holiday feast tomorrow. I can’t wait!

“Maize-y Days” (Indian Corn) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G macro, F/7.1, 1/125s, ISO 640

Chances are, we’ll eat too much and fall asleep on the sofa, but we’ll also remember how fortunate and thankful we are, for the roof over our heads, the clothes on our back, the people in our lives and the love in our hearts.

This will surely be a happy Thanksgiving!

Note to Pinterst pinners:

If you’ve arrived at this page due to an e-mail from Pinterest, please know that I feel just awful about having to so abruptly remove this image from your pin board. The sheer volume of pins of this one image alone prevented me from posting an individual comment requesting the image be removed. Please go here and read the Pinterest update at the bottom of the page for explanation and instructions. Thank you!


“Bicycle Built for Autumn” (Floral Display at O’Brien’s Farm Hill, Stoneham) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/9, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

Today, I discovered the quaintest garden shop!

O’Brien’s Farm Hill Florist and Garden Center in Stoneham is definitely worth a trip. The displays are a floral feast for the eyes and I could feel myself smiling as I walked around, digesting every colorful morsel. Not sure how it happened, but a few items just had to come home with me! 🙂

It isn’t often that I am impressed by a florist, but the quality of the products, the attention to detail as well as the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff made it all delightful experience.

I will be back!

The best to be had on this overcast day…

Dusty Rose

“Dusty Rose” (Rose, Side View) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/8, 1/40s, -1.0EV, ISO 640, Built-in TTL Flash, -2.0EV

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