Day 347 Putnam County Courthouse Christmas Tree

I happened to notice the tree in front of the courthouse today while I was out and about and decided to stop to get a photo. I ended up driving around the entire block to get back to this spot since I was in the wrong lane to turn. I really wish I had my tripod with me at the time because I know I could have gotten a much better photo than this. Still, I thought it was worth sharing as my daily photo.

Day 303 A Golden Sunset

Day 303 A Golden Sunset by pixygiggles
Day 303 A Golden Sunset, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I know, I’ve taken several photos of sunsets over the course of my 366 photo challenge. For the most part, I try to limit them to only a couple per month. I wish I could find that perfect place in Cookeville to watch the sun setting in the sky. The skies should be quite beautiful this week as the cloud coverage from Hurricane Sandy makes its way across the states. Best wishes to everyone in the path of the storm. Stay safe!

Day 285 Macbeth at Dogwood Park

Have I said lately how much I adore my community? I absolutely love Cookeville because it continuously surprises me with wonderful opportunities for cultural arts and entertainment. Despite the cool temperature – right at 66° when I arrived and 62° as the play ended – I bundled up to go watch a performance of Macbeth tonight at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion in Dogwood Park. The talented actors and actresses gave a marvelous performance! I had forgotten the storyline of this play since I haven’t read it since high school (more than 20 years ago), but I quickly lost myself in the story as the cast so creatively acted out their scenes of this Shakespearean tragedy. I loved it!

For anyone interested in catching this performance directed by Mark Harry Creter, there are still 2 shows left at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion located at 30 East Broad Street, Cookeville, TN, 38501 – October 12 & 13 at 7:00 p.m. And best of all, it’s FREE! Bundle up, bring a lawn chair and blankets, and enjoy. For more information call 931-520-5296 or visit: Shakespeare in the Park.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in putting this event together to enrich our community.

An Ode to Summer’s End

Nature’s Tranquility

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Goldenrod

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

A Kiss of Sunshine

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ironweed (Vernonia altissima)

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle

Early Autumn Maple

“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Longjawed Orbweaver (Tetragnatha)

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Eerily Still

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Reflections

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Ailanthus Webworm Moth on Buttonbush

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

The Fishing Dock

“Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.”
~ Barry Cornwall

A beautiful rendition of Chopin: Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2 by Thomas Nielsen for your listening pleasure. 🙂

Day 258 Geese Silhouetted in Golden Sunset

Inspired by the evening I spent watching the sunset at Illinois Beach State Park a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take a later walk at Cane Creek Park this evening. I am so glad I did. I got some amazing shots. I was so captivated by the setting sun that I completely forgot about being self-conscious of the curious stares that I often get when I’m out in public photographing nature. I often wonder how photographers get over that feeling of being “exposed” or if I’m the only person who has felt this.

This reminds me of another day I was at Cane Creek Park photographing some wild raspberries just off the path. As a jogger ran past, he made the comment, “You’re supposed to eat them, not photograph them.” This rather obvious statement made me laugh, but it also ended up preventing me from getting a decent photo of the intended subject. Looking back, now, I realize that it wasn’t his statement that caused me to be self-conscious. Rather, it was my own thoughts and self-doubt that crept in, as is usually the case. Confidence is key in any creative endeavor!

Day 195 Save the Cream City Sign

Via Flickr:
I have noticed so many wonderful photos of old neon signs from yesteryear around the web. They are like historical icons of our past. A lot of these businesses are locally owned, “mom & pop” style places that have been around for many, many years and unfortunately, hit pretty hard by the current economic crisis. These mom & pop businesses are special. To me, they symbolize the American Dream that we can achieve prosperity and success through hard work and determination.

One of these old neon signs in my community is in a state of disrepair. CityScape will be holding a fundraising event on July 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cookeville Depot Museum in order to raise money to save the 67-year-old Cream City sign located across the street. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20 each with proceeds going to the “Save the Sign” campaign. For more information visit the article Save the Sign at the Herald-Citizen’s website or call CityScape at 528-4612.

Day 172 Summer

Day 171 Summer by pixygiggles
Day 172 Summer, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I stopped by Cream City today and got a banana pudding ice cream cone as a special treat for the summer solstice. What says summer better than an ice cream cone? Oh, so yummy! This was my first cone from there. I will definitely go back. Personally, I prefer the little “mom & pop” style restaurants and ice cream parlors to the modern fast food chains.

This photo didn’t turn out nearly as good as I had hoped. I couldn’t quite get the angle right to get the train, ice cream, and sun all lined up and focused properly. Plus, I was pressed for time before the ice cream melted. When I drove past the bank, the digital sign said the temperature was 95°; and that was around 5:30pm!

I snapped a handful of photos in between bites, but settled on this one because I liked how the sun was peaking right over the cone. By the time I finished eating the cone, I had ice cream all over my hands. Luckily, there a was a very nice lady watering the plants and flowers at the train exhibit who allowed me to wash my hands under her watering hose. Thank you so much for that! Sticky hands drive me batty! LOL

Stop by Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House the next time you’re in town. Great service and wonderful atmosphere! It’s located in the historic district across the street from the Cookeville Depot Museum at: 119 West Broad Street Cookeville, TN 38501.

Day 133 Chandelier

Day 133 Chandelier by pixygiggles
Day 133 Chandelier, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

We went to our favorite Chinese food restaurant again for dinner, Mandarin Palace in Cookeville. I love that restaurant. The wait staff are always very friendly and pleasant. That cheesy crab dish they make is so yummy. They’ve put some new lighting fixtures up that are simply gorgeous! My daily photo today is of the chandelier at the entrance over the fountain with the goldfish. I’m actually very glad that they added this one here because the light is so much better that I was able to get a nice photograph of the fountain and goldfish. What’s the difference between regular goldfish and Koi? I suppose these could be Koi since I don’t know the difference. I’ll have to google that one, lol.

I’ve never been disappointed by the fortune cookie wisdom from Mandarin Palace, either. They’re a nice little treat, especially the lemon flavored ones!

Day 102 The Fountain at Dogwood Park

Via Flickr:
They’ve turned on the fountain at Dogwood Park. I bet this will be a lot of fun for the kids during the hot summer months. I hope there are plans to build a nice playground in this park for the kids. It’s the perfect setting for one, especially considering the public library is right next door.

From Cookeville Leisure Services Website:

Dogwood Park
A green oasis in the downtown area, located at 30 E Broad St, across from the City Municipal Building.  It’s a great place for lunchtime picnics.  The Department’s Performance Pavilion is located in this park.

It really is a lovely little park. I highly recommend a visit if you’re feeling the need for some fresh air or a walk. It’s also a great place for jogging or walking your dog. They even have the little bags for your pets’, ….um, “business.” 🙂 Also visit: Day 81 The Dogwoods Are Blooming for a photo of the park’s namesake.