good times | taking the back roads

Fall colors are at their prime…reds, golds, oranges. There is just enough coolness in the air to feel crisp and refreshing. Today it was just plain perfect outside and I just couldn’t waste it. I decided to get my camera out and go for a drive. I had no destination, no plan, except to take the back roads to wherever. I took in the warm golden sun, shining over the country fields as I drove the curvy back roads. Boy did I drive far. Really far. Way out of my way. There is something so therapeutic about just getting in your car and driving the country roads here in the mid-west. They are serene and peaceful.

Along my drive I came across the Louisburg Cider Mill. Apparently, today was their big cider fest. So Darla (see below) and I had to check it out. Wahooo! There were a ton of people there today. I grabbed a few shots of the fall festivities and got on my way, since I wasn’t looking for a crowd.

I wanted to share a few my shots from my nice afternoon and how I rejuvenated by enjoying the fab-Fall weather. I highly recommend it ;).


Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins. Of course, I had to get a picture (right) of all the “bad” apples…yes, that’s right these are the rotten, nasty, bad apples. LOL! The odor, which I kid you not smelled exactly like apple cider vinegar, was so strong in the air you wanted gag. Nice, right.

I guess, you can’t have a proper Cider-Fest without pony rides and kettle corn.

My little side-kick, Darla Sue.

Today, I felt great shooting for fun, just for me and the landscape before me. As a photographer, sometimes we need to remind ourselves it’s okay to just shoot for no reason other than to fill the creativity in our soul. Just like it’s okay to get in the car…and take the back roads to no where.


  1. Susie October 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Great pictures – love the fall colors!

  2. susan dewenter October 18, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Oh these are just gorgeous! WOW, this is so much like what I love to photography. You indeed have a great “eye”! It was so fun to meet you!

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