Can’t believe it’s the end of October already – and you know what that means!


Have a spooktacular day!

Hope your day is filled with lots of treats and maybe a few tricks to keep you on your toes

Thanks for stopping by – have a great weekend!

And A Year Goes By

Well, it was simply beautiful here yesterday.

Sun was shining.

Amazing blue sky.

Birds chirping.

And the COLORS!

Here, let me show you:


Made me think, “what was it like this time last year?”

So I looked and…




It was snowing!!

Yep, one year ago (yesterday, when I intended to post this!)  was our first measurable snowfall.

Glad there is a difference this year!

Oh Mother Nature… you sure do keep us on our toes!

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Wednesday Wisdom 2

I started out thinking I’d post a wise quote for today’s Wednesday Wisdom but, no surprise, I got side-tracked.

I got so caught up in enjoying reading Autumn and October quotes that I was more inspired to share something along those lines.

It must be the right decision, otherwise I’d be sharing something else! (there’s some wisdom for ya right there!)


It is the perfect pause…

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It’s heee-eerrree!

Welcome to my favorite time of year!

In a few short weeks, the colors of Fall will be painting the trees and shrubs.

The farmers will be out in their fields harvesting their crops.

And there will be a refreshing crispness in the air.

So I thought I’d share a few photos from my trek around during peak colors last year:


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” (Albert Camus)


“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.”  (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Clearly it’s not just my favorite season – other people do get awfully poetic this time of year!

Get ready to go out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!!


To purchase these and any photos you see here on my blog, contact me at:  artbycarolcook@yahoo.com  – and also check out my artsite:   www.artbycarol.imagekind.com

Full Box of Crayons

I missed posting yesterday’s “Wednesday Wisdom” – I wasn’t near my computer long enough to edit and post.

Why? (you are so great at asking questions! lol)

Because I was out taking photos!

I’ve made it more-than clear that Autumn is my favorite time of year.

I love the colors and crispness of the air.

And guess what is right around the corner (next week!)??

hint: 09/22!! YAY!!

And guess what has already begun?


Yes, I captured this yesterday morning. I’m so excited!

As today’s post title says, Mother Nature has her crayons out!

And, in the spirit of Autumn, here’s yesterday’s post:


Ready for wine! (or jelly… or just to pick and eat)

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Saturday Signboard #26

Magical and oh-so pretty!


…but it’s still Autumn!

Saturday Signboard #24

Serendipity and Karma in one poster!


Happy Saturday!

Pink Flamingos

I’ve just been wanting to share the photograph I took of some Pink Flamingos while I was in Florida but I felt that I had to find the right quote or have a really good reason to share it.

Which is difficult, when we’re deep into Autumn and heading into Winter in the Midwest.

So I have no good reason ~ today it snowed, didn’t get above freezing, was cloudy all day ~ it was an anti-pink-flamingo kind of day. (or maybe that is a really good reason!?!?!)

But, I found a great quote!

So I made this:



Ahh, yes. The Pink Flamingo: because sometimes nature has to be obvious with its something marvelous’!

Have a great week!

“Fall”ing down

The splashes-of-color-that-is-Autumn’s-beauty are all but a memory… and, of course, a bunch of photographs.

I’m already waxing nostalgic and it’s only been like 1-2 weeks since Mother Nature painted nature with her vibrance. (hey, how about that, I’m not so bad with the words and describing and stuff, right?!)

It’s this time of year, and early spring, that seem to just brown out into the background.

So what could I possibly find to photograph?

Leaves, of course.

There are piles and piles of leaves.

Sure. I guess you could say they’re kinda ‘drab’ compared to the colors they were not too long ago, but there is still something special…

jump in!

jump in!

leaf diversity

leaf diversity

forest floor

forest floor

Spent the previous weeks looking up and around, imagine my surprise at how much beauty can be found looking down.

All I had to do was see it.

Happy Friday, everyone!


Computer work today.

More specifically, I’ve been spending some time updating and adding to my online galleries on the Imagekind website ~ www.artbycarol.imagekind.com (you can also click on the links at the top of the right hand column).

It’s really hard to choose what photographs to include because everyone has different tastes in the art they want hanging in their home or office or kids rooms or dorm rooms or wherever.

Ultimately, I think I do a pretty good job of picking an array of styles, concepts, genre, seasons, etc. to choose from. This is a collage of some I just added:

galleries collage

When it comes down to it, who knows what will sell?

What I do know is that art ~ prints of my photographs in particular (what? it is my blog, after all! hehe!) ~ make great gifts for everyone so I want to have as many options as possible heading into the holiday/Christmas season.

I’m also working on a separate gallery for Louden. He’s spoiled enough for his own site, right?!

One of the fun things about the imagekind site is that it’s interactive. You can choose the size, how you want it printed ~ your mat and frame colors and styles or wrapped canvas ~ you can even choose the color of your wall to see how the print will look in the space!

Please take a look at what I have for sale on my site(s) and share this blog, the websites, my facebook page, etc. with your friends and family! And as always, if you have any questions, please send me an email or message.

Thanks for your continued support!