On the Towpath Trail

In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I’d have a little fun with the photos I took on yesterday’s bike ride.  I started my ride in Akron and ended in Peninsula where I caught the train back to Akron.  It was a good ride.  Almost 14 miles when all was said and done.  I did get a bit chilled out there.  The temperature, close to 70 when I started, dropped about 15 degrees while I was riding.  My fingers and toes were numb when I finished.  It felt good to sit by the heater on the train and thaw out.

Looking for ghosts

One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.

~ Emily Dickinson

Men say that in this midnight hour,
The disembodied have power
To wander as it liketh them.
By wizard oak and fairy stream.

~ William Motherwell

It’s a dreary Saturday.  Rainy.  Chilly.  Not a good day to spend outdoors.  M has been turning a bushel of apples from the local orchard into applesauce.  I’ve been roasting veggies.  With all that cooking going on for most of the day, the house is pretty toasty.

Listen!  the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!

~ Humbert Wolfe

The wind will indeed be rising.  The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for Monday and Tuesday.  That’s about the time they figure Hurricane Sandy will blow through if remnants of the storm make it this far west.  There are flood watches too.  I read somewhere that we should get at least 4 inches of rain before all is said and done with this cold front and the hurricane.

Ghosts of the Beaver Marsh

That’s it from the Bogs on this damp and chilly day.  Thanks for dropping in.  We’re going to get a fire going in the fireplace soon.  I’ve been wanting to make mulled wine.  This might be a good evening to give it a try.  I hear it’s a very warming drink.  Let’s have a seat in front of the fire and sip on some mulled wine (or cider for those who don’t partake in potent potables).

I hope your Saturday has been a good one.  🙂


37 Comments on “On the Towpath Trail”

  1. mobius faith says:

    Spooky cool!!!! Nice processing.

  2. Kathy says:

    Glad you had fun on your bike ride~~and loved your photo fun, too, Robin!

  3. ONe of my favorite all time posts! Lovely! I enjoyed what you did with the pictures! And how did you manage to get THAT bird in THAT awesome tree !!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic! I love the poems as well.

  4. Phil Lanoue says:

    Those look great!
    Cold, cloudy, rainy day here as well and I am making a pot of chili. 😀

  5. Fun post and love the spooky processing! Have a good evening!

  6. brrr….what a chilly day and evening there….and a bit “spooky,” too….sounds like a good evening for mulled wine and a toasty, warm fire.

  7. Very cool images and a very different sort of feeling came from your photos, Robin, it was very spooktacular!! I hope that storm doesn’t hit your area too hard! It sounds scary too!

  8. Sallyann says:

    Love what you’ve done to the photos. 🙂
    It would be great to join you by the fire. Shall I bring along some blackcurrant squash/cordial to add to the cider ? 😀

  9. artsifrtsy says:

    Cool effect – spooooooky:)

  10. Love your spooky photos today…even though this storm is scarier than any Halloween ghoul.
    We’ll be baking and roasting our way through it – let’s hope it doesn’t live up to its hype!

  11. Karma says:

    Very Halloweeny (is that a word, lol?) photos. Our Saturday was a busy one, but lots of fun too. Hope to post later today.

  12. Great atmosphere, Robin – I loved the wooden bridge photo! Enjoy the mulled wine 🙂

  13. A very cool and fun post. I really enjoyed it!

  14. dearrosie says:

    Even though you were so cold you rode “almost” 14 miles? My admiration soars! I would’ve gone back home.
    Your photos are really marvelous!

  15. ombudsben says:

    You do such an amazing jub with your photo processing. I want to sign up for your class.

    The pull quote by your blog title often makes me curious. What does Kingslover’s quote on memory based on the unnoticed mean to you?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Ombudsben. Not sure I could teach what I do since I don’t take notes. I usually can’t duplicate what I did. (I homebrew the same way, and that drives some people crazy.)

      As for the quote, it has meant different things to me at different times. Lately I’ve come to think of it in terms of photography. I am often surprised by things I find in my photos, things that went unnoticed while I was taking the shot. Before I upload my photos to the computer where I can see them on the bigger screen, I have a memory of the shots I’ve taken, especially those I think are the good shots. Then I see the images, and wonder how it was I never noticed something off to the side or in the background or even smack in the middle of the shot. The unnoticed changes the image/memory.

  16. Very clever what you’ve done with the photos.

  17. What wonderful, fun processing on your photos! My household is definitely in the Halloween mood (even though we don’t decorate) – my boys can’t WAIT to go Trick or Treating!!

    Our weather is taking a turn, getting pretty cold now. I have a feeling that the warm weather is gone for the season. As long as the winter doesn’t slam us with harsh weather, I’m OK with it!

  18. jane tims says:

    Hi. Excellent Halloween tribute. I especially like the ‘haunted bridge’ and your selection of poems. Whooooooooo! Jane

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