And then there's the wildlife: annoying squirrels, even more annoying chipmunks, raccoons, skunk, deer. A fox trotted through our hostas just a few weeks ago.
It's all rather Disneyesque.
While starting dinner last night, I saw a flash of really intense blue just outside the window. An Indigo Bunting! We hadn't had one in ages!
"Honey!" I called out, rummaging for my glasses. "Tiptoe out here and see this bird!"
Upon further squint, I paused. "Wait! Is that a blue butterfly? Never had one of those before!"
I grabbed my camera.
It was very still and unafraid. I slipped outside to get a closer shot.
Rare and endangered helium balloon, ripped and roosting in the ivy.
So it's time for the optometrist.
Side benefit, howevever: I've been reading about this photographic effect called bokeh. And I think I (inadvertently) got it. A little bit, anyway.
I'll strive for a better subject next time. In fact, a few book buddies and I are taking a photography class at Benedictine College. I missed the first class last week on account of my trip to St. Louis. This week, I'm told, we are taking a field trip to the M0rton Arboretum in Lisle on Saturday. And we are taking a bus.
It feels just like first grade.