Happy Birthday Marcia!

We interrupt this challenge to wish Marcia a very Happy Birthday!

Her birthday is November 29th and I sure hope all you crazy women will send good wishes her way.

Marcia… we hope you can join us soon on an outing so everyone can get to meet you!  Have a wonderful birthday!

Happy Birthday Marcia

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Autumn Challenge: Entry #2 Through Four Doors

Sometimes Tess has difficulty making decisions.  She will send me something and then I will get a frantic e-mail saying… “Lala, I have changed my mind!”  So this is what she had to say about the autumn challenge…

“Final answer!  This is my fall challenge.  I thought it would be so easy, but as always I was wrong.  Why is it that it’s so hard to decide?  I have been messing up with the photoshop aside from being lazy today, to try to at least finalize my picture, but I gave up.  So this is it… “Through Four Doors”.

I’m always fascinated with doors.  It is the first thing that you see when you look at a house which makes it the focal point.  There is something in it that signifies transition into something that lies beyond.   This image doesn’t have just one but, rather,  four doors that frame the horse.”

Yes… there really is a straw horse beyond the last door!

Through 4 Doors
(Photo by Tess)

Autumn Challenge: Entry #1 Autumn Oak

Autumn… that glorious time of year.  A time of transition from the stifling summer heat to cool breezes and brisk temperatures.  These are the days when leaves change color, plants go to seed or simply die away and even our food choices change in response to the season.  Pumpkins take on funny faces and we once again celebrate a change in seasons.  This is your challenge to photograph.

Our first entry will be from Donna:

“I knew I had to submit a picture of a tree, leaves and the changing season.  I shot many trees in my back yard without success.  As I was driving to work the other day I saw a tree and knew I had to come back and shoot it! I also thought to myself, I need to have my camera with me at all times, like our fearless leader!!  I like this shot because it represents the oak tree’s new beginning and the end of a season!”

Autumn Oak
(Photo by Donna)

Rockwall Rib Run BBQ

It was a chilly overcast day threatening rain when Donna and I met at the Rockwall Rib Run BBQ.  By the time we arrived in the morning, the smokers were fired up and you could smell the meat cooking and we started shooting.  Several times we were offered bits of BBQ to taste as the meat was done and awaiting judging.  What a tasty way to shoot!

Cookin’ Pot
(Photo by Lala)

Texas BBQ
(Photo by Lala)

Burning Brightly
(Photo by Lala)

Coming Up to Temperature
(Photo by Donna)

We had fun talking to some of the people who entered the BBQ  and many put a lot of money into their rigs and enter many BBQ competitions to win big cash prizes.  Larry and Julie Newberry are regulars at the cookoff and would like to welcome the Crazy Women to their BBQ place in Royse City.  We must go and have lunch there some day soon.  To read about Larry and his heartfelt donation when a tornado struck Royse City this year… http://roysecityheraldbanner.com/local/x164320538/Newberry-opens-heart-restaurant-to-tornado-victims-workers

Bootleg BBQ
(Photo by Lala)

Submitting BBQ to the Judges
(Photo by Donna)

Mmmmmmm… Good!
(Photo by Donna)

Ready!
(Photo by Lala)

Even the kids were having fun!

Little Piggy on a Scooter
(Photo by Lala)

OK… so I was not going to put this photo in but after Donna’s comment about her favorite picture of me and the cowboy, I decided to add it.  So here it is Donna!

Lala and the Oklahoma Cowboy
(Photo by Donna)

And a fun time was had by all!