This is the emptiest time of year. The incredible autumn colors have faded to shades of brown, and the world seems to be in waiting...
This *is* the most beautiful time of year, isn't it? Taken somewhere along the road in northern Wisconsin/ southern Michigan. The colors were so beautiful, even on a somewhat gloomy day.
Yeah. It's soooooo pretty, isn't it?
The phrase "WTF?" is spinning in the collective world head this morning with the news that President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
"Very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said in a citation.Considering the nominations had to be in early this year, this prize was basically based on campaign promises, a couple of autobiographies, and for the simple accomplishment of NOT BEING GEORGE W. BUSH. Talk, talk, talk rather than action. Even a winner that I admire greatly agrees:
The 1983 Laureate, Poland's Lech Walesa, was more blunt. "Who, Obama? So fast? Too fast - he hasn't had the time to do anything yet," Walesa told reporters in Warsaw. "For the time being Obama's just making proposals. But sometimes the Nobel committee awards the prize to encourage responsible action," said Walesa.If that was the case, I can think of many more leaders in need of encouragement. Hey!! I always wanted to write a book-- a Nobel Prize for Literature would go a long way towards encouraging that goal!!
Taken in the Porcupine Mountains, on the Presque Isle River. The rain finally stopped today, so it was a perfect day to get out and take a few pics. The colors up north aren't quite as gaudy as they are here, surprisingly. One of the locals told me that the big lake regulates the temperatures a little more closely, so that it's actually warmer on the shore than further south and inland. I'm not sure whether that's true or whether it explains the color variation, but it certainly sounds good to me.
I've been going through some old CD's of photos to get them cataloged into Lightroom. (Side note: Recommend Lightroom to every single person you know). This pic was taken near Ashland if I remember correctly-- just a simple "Sunset across Lake Superior" shot, like a million others. It just turned out kinda nice.