I am immensely grateful to our friend who sowed sunflower seeds on an empty spot on our property in Indiana, because the dry sunflowers now make great models for my tinkering with close-ups.

 
 

I never thought this rusty ton would make such a nice photo object until I eyed it through the lens.
 

Inside the forest

On the forest floor

This is one of those large trees that came down when a derecho hit our property in early July; now we have to saw it into chunks to even be able to move it.

My nephew’s assessment: This is enough wood to last for two years of heating! (There’s another pile just as big behind this one. These are all good trees that were uprooted by the storm.)

 When I shot this picture, I was initially interested in the grasses against the glassy surface of the pond, until I saw the reflection of the trees in the water.

Prickly Pear Cacti grow in the driest spot on the land.

I love, love, love this burning bush. We inherited it from the previous owners, and for much of the year it looks perfectly harmless, but come fall it turns into this deep bluish red. Every year I am fascinated by its transformation into a giant ball of burgundy.

Red maple – I’m glad I took this photo because just a few days later the tree was completely bare.

 Indiana country road – I’m beginning to annoy my family when I stop the car to take pictures like this one.