Do you remember Trick or Treat for UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)? Perhaps you went door to door with your orange box on Halloween when you were a child. While trying to come up with some new ideas for alternative celebrations I found myself thinking, “do kids still Trick or Treat for UNICEF?” The answer I discovered was yes, they do.
The Halloween fundraising effort of the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund is alive and well with new ideas that don’t involve going door to door. For more information visit the resource center at the UNICEF website.
“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” — Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.” —– Stanley Horowitz
We don’t usually talk about how our photos were taken, but if you are wondering, yes this is a photo. It was taken from the window of a moving train. The only editing done to this photo was cropping out some of the black background from inside the train and resizing it for the internet. While it may not be a perfect photo in the technical sense, we like the effect.
I like to follow the Daily Post Challenges. This weeks writing challenge is called A Splash of Color. Wave color in front of an artist and there is no telling what might happen.
The photo today is of one of my favorite fabric art pieces called Solar Storm. I could go into great detail about my use of color in this piece and what it means to me — but I don’t do that. If I tell you what I did and was thinking as I created this work I am telling you to see it the way I do. You don’t have to do that. I’m more interested in what the work says to you.
Is Solar Storm whispering anything in your ear, or maybe screaming? Do you find the color warm and comforting, overwhelming or even threatening?
Several years ago Bob and I drove to Iowa to take a scenic ride on a train to celebrate our anniversary. Autumn in the Midwest can be spectacular and that year Mother Nature outdid herself. Some of the shots of fall leaves you have been enjoying and will continue to enjoy for at least a few weeks to come are from that trip. Bob took some excellent shots of fall foliage on this trip. Some of these photos have “special effects” courtesy of shooting out the window of a moving train. So take a few minutes to sit back, relax and enjoy autumn from a train.