After getting a haircut this afternoon, June and I arranged to meet for coffee before running a few errands. While I waited for June to arrive, I grabbed this shot of a pizza place we tried recently, the Mellow Mushroom, which is right next door to the coffee shop. The pizzas are good and they have given them some great names, like the Kosmic Karma and the Holy Shiitake Pie.
After watching the kids play their last game of basketball for the season this morning, we met Bill and Debbie and the kids downtown this afternoon to see the Christmas display at the Galt House Hotel. They always do a wonderful job of decorating. And if you ever wanted to know what an almost life-size gingerbread house looks like, this is the place to go. One of the big attractions for the last few years has been the KaLightoscope display which consists of all of these luminaries inside a huge tent just outside of the hotel building. Every year they come up with new pieces, and the overall effect is really captivating. (I ran into a fellow camera club member while we were there and she mentioned how wonderful it would be to organize a club trip here next year, ideally where we could bring in tripods and just have to the place to ourselves. Great idea I thought! We need to mention that at an upcoming meeting.) In the meantime though, I had my trusty iPhone with me of course and in a nod to an Aussie Christmas, took this photo of a very large animated Surfin’ Santa who was suspended from the ceiling
After running some errands this afternoon, I was struck by the color in the sky when we returned home in the early evening. It was a striking sunset with the illumination of the clouds. And with the silhouette of the neighbor’s tree and the houses at the back, it made for a pleasing composition.
In recognition of “shop local” day, we had our afternoon tea at Heine Brothers Coffee, which is where I took this photo. And given the subject matter, it just seemed only appropriate to run the photo through the Percolator app.
Okay, definitely back to reality now — the first day back at work after our wonderful Australia vacation.I noticed on he drive to the office that even though a lot of trees have lost their fall colors, there were some magnificent examples still to be found, like this one near the intersection of Hurstbourne Lane and Shelbyville Road. In a way, seeing this provided a warm welcome back.
As I was heading out to lunch today, I was greeted by yet another beautiful clear blue sky. And then I noticed that there wasn’t a cloud to be seen, which made the criss-crossing of jet trails really apparent. And I guess in a way these are modern day clouds.
Tonight we met good friends Bob and Diane at Coal’s Pizza for a belated celebration of Diane’s birthday. One our last visit there in November of last year, Diane passed out at the table right after our pizzas arrived and we ended up spending the rest of the evening in a hospital emergency room. Fortunately it was nothing serious for Diane, but we have often said since that we need to go back so that we actually taste the pizzas this time. So last night we did just that — and the pizzas (cooked in a coal fired oven, hence the name) were delicious! Best of all, there were no medical emergencies, so the hoodoo is off Coal’s for us, thanks goodness. (Interestingly enough, our waiter said he was there when Diane had her episode last year, and had wondered what the outcome was, so he too was glad to hear that she was fit as a fiddle,) Which brings us to today’s shot. I pointed my camera at the patrons at the bar and used an app called NightCap to take the shot. I didn’t have my glass on at the time, so it looked a little blurry which I liked. When I came to work on the photo later (with my glasses on this time), the photo was much clearer than I originally thought. So I ran it through another app to give it an impressionist painting feel, and that is what you see below.