Foto Friday: Little Free Library

Have you heard about the “Little Free Library” Project? I first saw the libraries on Pinterest and thought, What a great idea! It’s a neighborhood book exchange that started in Wisconsin in 2009. Now there are more than 15,000 around the world, including the one that I recently found in my neighborhood.

Little Free Library, Coralville, Iowa

Little Free Library, Coralville, Iowa. Sharing books, encouraging literacy. I LOVE IT!

The books are free. The idea is to share your favorite books–“take a book, return a book.” I didn’t take a book, but I brought a contribution.

My Little Free Library contribution.

My Little Free Library contribution.

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Foto Friday: Close-up

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 26: Close-up

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

I have wondered about this strange fruit since I moved to Iowa. In the fall, these grapefruit or softball sized, greenish-yellow, rough-textured fruits were all over the ground, but I had no idea what they were. Finally, out of curiosity, I took these pictures and did a little research. This is the fruit of the Osage orange tree. Am I the only one who thinks it’s funny looking?

Osage orange tree (Scientific name: Maclura pomifera)

Osage orange tree (Scientific name: Maclura pomifera)

Almost all of the fruit had fallen from this tree by mid-November. The fruit is non-poisonous and edible, although apparently not consumed because of its unpleasant taste. However, the fruit is used as a decoration and touted by some as an effective, natural insect repellant.

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Depending on the region, the Osage orange is called by different names, including hedge apple, horse apple, and bois d’arc.


Foto Friday: Animal

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 24: Animal

Polar Bear and Penguins

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my neighborhood. We have snow on the ground and it’s wicked cold (9 degrees as I write this post). So, it’s not a surprise that the only animals I could find outside were actually lawn decorations.

Foto Friday: Inspirational

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 22: Inspirational

methodist

Suffering and Triumph

The cross in Christianity represents both suffering and triumph, symbolizing Christ’s crucifixion for the redemption of mankind’s sins. Many Christians find comfort and inspiration in this symbol. This photo is of the grounds of a local Methodist church.

Foto Friday: In My Bag

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 20: In My Bag

Da Realist 1: Caution–Heavy Load

Contents under pressure

Caution: Heavy Load

Here are the contents of my purse/handbag. My mother always said you weren’t supposed to look inside someone else’s purse. Is that because you may see something private, something for my eyes only? Maybe the items inside reveal something about me. The only thing that I think it reveals is that I like to carry around a lot of stuff. What do you think?

Update: My mother, keeper of old wives’ tales and superstitions, informed me that it is  men who should not look inside your purse. When I asked why, I got the all purpose answer: “because it’s bad luck.”

Foto Friday: Something You Want

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 19: Something You Want

BreakfastDa Hype 1: Breakfast

It’s Friday and I was running late to work. Folks have been in and out of the office chatting about absolutely nothing and I have a meeting coming up. Oh, and did I say that the phone won’t stop ringing? All I want right now is to have my breakfast!

Happy Friday, ya’ll!!

Foto Friday: Your Shoes

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 18: Your Shoes

Da Realist 1: No Shoes in the House

No Shoes in the House! Film Noir style

No Shoes in the House! Film Noir style

My shoes? That’s today’s photo assignment, but I am stumped trying to make this interesting. I have shoes on a shelf, shoes in boxes, shoes in hanging organizers. . . But who wants to see that?

In our house, we do not wear shoes. Well, that’s not exactly correct. When we come home, we take off our “outside” shoes and put on our “inside” shoes or socks. So, here I have the baskets where we keep our inside (left) and outside (right) shoes. I hear Martha Stewart does the same thing.

Foto Friday: Technology

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 17: Technology

Da Realist 1: My Kindle

My Kindle

Having my Kindle with me means that I always have something to read.

Technology. Well, that’s broad. But I’ll bet it’s not surprising to our readers that I selected my Kindle to photograph. After grousing about e-readers for quite some time like an old curmudgeon, I broke down and bought one about three years ago. It’s so convenient; I love it. It allows me to carry multiple books with me when I travel without carrying a heavy backpack. I like it best for non-academic reads. For teaching and research purposes, I still prefer paper.

Foto Friday: A Good Habit

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 16: A Good Habit

Before and After

I LOVE having a clean house, but it is a lot of work. One of my most dreaded tasks is cleaning up the kitchen. This is probably why I didn’t cook very much when I was single (many moons ago). But, alas, those days are gone, and now I must cook.

Before I cleaned up--pots and dishes everywhere.

Before I cleaned up–pots and dishes everywhere.

Often after I’ve made a big mess cooking dinner, I want to ignore it and go to bed. I’ll think about it tomorrow (in my best Scarlet O’Hara voice). After all, tomorrow is another day. The problem is that when that day comes, the dishes will still be there waiting for me. So, my good habit is cleaning up at night. That way I don’t have to face a dirty kitchen in the morning.

After I cleaned up--all is right with the kitchen/world, until tomorrow.

After I cleaned up–all is right with the kitchen/world, until tomorrow.