Scarecrow nostalgia

Ready for Halloween

What’s a scarecrow nostalgic for? Its hayday, of course!

Okay, I made up the lame pun in the picture’s caption, but the scarecrow doll here certainly seems nostalgic, doesn’t it?

Halloween month starts tomorrow, and I’m reminded of a road trip along southwest USA that I went on with some friends six years ago this time. We stopped at a pumpkin patch and I, of course, clicked photos of pumpkins and little scarecrow dolls.

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Punched ticket

Ticket
A punched ticket. I always used to wonder if I could reuse a ticket if I preserved it for a month. 😀 Well, the tickets did have other components, like the day of the week. But there has to be a day that matches all punched parts on an old ticket, right? (Is this how one begins hoarding tickets? 😉 )

Anyway, these tickets might soon belong only in nostalgic memories, since they’re slowly being replaced by electronic ones.

I wish this picture was that of a real ticket, but there wasn’t one at hand. I used one of my sister’s handy patterned papers instead — she uses the papers for her cardmaking hobby..

Colorful ceilings

Colorful ceiling patternSome of Madrid’s cathedrals have great interiors, and that includes ceilings. Take this one, for example. In contrast to the walls and windows, the ceiling was vibrant, with all the colors of a rainbow and then some!

Half Dome

Half Dome No, I haven’t hiked up this familiar Yosemite rock, but I did go on the smaller (but steep and strenuous towards the end) Mist Trail hike and made it past Vernal fall to the top of Nevada fall. The views on the way and from the top were beautiful, and later, I clicked this picture of Half Dome on my phone.

The best part? I wasn’t at my most physically fit then. 😉 The sense of accomplishment and victory that I felt then is one of the sources of (self-)inspiration for my exercising goals.

Rice terraces

Rice terraces

With the vacationing Leanne now back home, Monochrome Madness returns with a vengeance, 🙂 with this week being a themed one — Country. I think I have just the picture from my recently concluded vacation at Bali — rice terraces. I clicked this while we were seated for lunch in between our visits to temples, and added a slight split tone during post-processing to accentuate the super-hot afternoon.

Though this is far from a perfect rice terrace photograph, I like it because it reminds me very much of the paddy fields (not terraced ones, though) in my ancestral home town. Well, most of our time in Bali brought back memories of my home town, actually (starting with the weather. 🙂 ) I think this makes the picture also eligible for Sylvain’s latest SL-week theme — Memory!

[Update] Sylvain just let me know that I have won the Memory-themed challenge! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity that you provide through this challenge, Sylvain! 🙂

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Giant footprint? Or are my feet small?

Fun time! 🙂 My friends and I ran into this depression on some stone steps while roaming around at Chitradurga fort, and it looked very much like a footprint.

Scale
Just look at it, with one of my feet for scale. (To answer one of the questions I posed in the title, my feet aren’t tiny.) If it really is a footprint, I’m glad whoever made it is not around anymore. 😉

I played around with color curves in GIMP to add some cool solarization effects to the original photograph. I love the yellow-and-blue rock (muddy brown and black originally) on top-left!

Serenity

It’s the journey that matters, and the destination is something that one reaches eventually. I find myself agreeing to that whenever I see photographs that I’ve clicked on my way to somewhere. They are far more beautiful to me, and I find myself connecting with them more than I do with the ones I click when I reach my destination. Take for instance this one that I clicked while on a road trip —

Serenity

Serenity

The scenery was so serene that even now, a long time later, I feel at peace when I see it.