the smell of my desperation has become a stench

This one was taken in Autumn as well, on the same walk as that other one people thought was taken in the Spring

  • Desi

    2004/10/24 at 5:49 am

    Beautiful picture! Makes me want a Nikon D70 even more!

  • Echo

    2004/10/24 at 5:50 am

    I love the colors in this! Beautiful!

  • Jaia

    2004/10/24 at 5:50 am

    So pretty. I love fall leaves.

    Although it looks nasty & rainy enough outside to make me doubt that autumn was ever really here, and maybe that photo was just beamed to you by aliens.

  • Daniel

    2004/10/24 at 5:51 am

    So sad. Poor little lonely red leaf. Come here. I’ll hug you.

  • Lala Wawa

    2004/10/24 at 6:00 am

    Such different vegetation than we have here in Ca-na-da, that big purple thing in the background scares me.

  • kEma

    2004/10/24 at 6:03 am

    Beautiful leaf, you even dont know how many people will smile when they see you!

    Lucky you

  • Fran

    2004/10/24 at 6:17 am

    Oh great, another political picture.

  • dooce

    2004/10/24 at 6:19 am

    yes, indeed. this is my way of saying that I am secretly a communist.

  • Kano

    2004/10/24 at 6:25 am

    Yup! voting for Kerry is about the same as a communist.

  • Drama Queen

    2004/10/24 at 6:36 am

    Oooh. That’s a great one. I love the different colors, but it looks so lonely. Looks like some of the morbid pictures I took back in my high school days. Well, I thought they were artistic and expressive, but everyone else just called them “morbid.” 🙂

  • jenn

    2004/10/24 at 6:41 am

    “one is the loneliest number…one is the LONEliest number…”

    i’m sure the isolation is deliberate.
    great photo. give chris a run for his money.

  • chris griffith leaves

    2004/10/24 at 6:42 am

    leaf book.

  • Stephanie

    2004/10/24 at 6:44 am

    the leaves change colors
    then they blow off the tree
    then they become mulch
    and feed the earth
    so the new growth will thrive
    and be strong

  • annie

    2004/10/24 at 6:50 am

    *gag* poems about leaves make me gag.

  • Liz

    2004/10/24 at 6:54 am

    Pretty red leaf.

  • The Mighty Jimbo

    2004/10/24 at 7:02 am

    i got nothing.


  • Anne

    2004/10/24 at 7:03 am

    Let’s rethink the Leta-as-Republican bit – I see some upsides here. If she grows up to be Republican after living with you two vocal liberals for 18 years, she’s probably going to be one of those rich and successful Republicans (after all, she’ll need a huge pay-off for all the shit she’s going to take). What will she do with all her money?

    Take care of her elderly parents, of course.

    You’ll be so old and constipated by then, it won’t matter which way she votes.

  • psyche

    2004/10/24 at 7:16 am

    its wonderful how you’re able to turn ordinary things into something so beautiful 🙂

  • TracyDee

    2004/10/24 at 7:22 am

    Very pretty. I like the contrast of the red leaf and the dark green background.

  • janet

    2004/10/24 at 7:30 am

    Oh boy, now you’ve done it, that little bitty remark about being a communist is going to get you on the CIA list for sure.

  • DM

    2004/10/24 at 7:30 am

    Truly beautiful picture and the hair is great, no matter what color it is. And I think you turned out just fine, no matter what your step-father says. I hope Leta never crawls as well.

  • cara

    2004/10/24 at 8:02 am

    It’s a nice photo, but when are your photos going to become a little more edgy? Experimentation is good.

  • Gia

    2004/10/24 at 8:02 am

    That leaf looks like a big kiss, just hanging there.

    And skip the crawling Leta. Skip it!

  • Carny Asada

    2004/10/24 at 8:07 am

    If “every day” makes the second line break strangely and stuff won’t fit, try:

    I take photos
    with a Nikon
    D70 every day

    As a headline, we would say it’s got a bad break in it — you really want Nikon and D70 on the same line. But, then, you’re not a newspaper.

    Yes, I am pathetic and obsessed. Thank you.

  • melantha

    2004/10/24 at 8:25 am

    What exactly is “edgy”? Maybe Cara wants some artsy pictures of Leta’s diapers.

  • el cheapo

    2004/10/24 at 8:35 am

    No, that would go more under “fetish”.

  • Amanda B.

    2004/10/24 at 8:51 am

    My little brother never crawled either. He scooted around on his little baby tushy. I remember still being in my, “i so don’t approve of this new THING in MY house” phase, and his scooting about confirmed my theory that he was, in fact, an alien. Of course he also scooted from one side of the room to the other eating the houseplants.

    He went straight from scooting on his heinie to running full steam ahead everywhere and crashing into things. He was also by this point adamently opposed to clothing, and would often streak through the living room squealing when my parents had company over.

    Between the ages of 3 and 6 he would only wear his superman underoos and a cape and he survived on cheetos and peanut butter sandwhiches.

    We found out a few years later that he has an IQ of like 182.


  • kara

    2004/10/24 at 9:00 am

    Beautiful…here in southwestern Oklahoma the leaves go from green to dead-leaf-brown seemingly overnight.
    In other news–I found another tarantula in my bathroom this morning.
    Who wants to move here?!

  • Sondra

    2004/10/24 at 9:02 am

    It must have been the cheetos and peanut butter diet. Who knew?! We were all led to believe the “breakfast of champions” was Wheaties! Come to find out it’s Cheetos, instead. Oh my misspent youth… 😉

  • smoove d

    2004/10/24 at 9:03 am

    nice bokeh, are you using the kIt lens? All apologies if this comes out in all caps, for some reason the comment form refuses to print any lowercase letters. maybe i should give in to the darkside and use internet exploiter.

  • Angie

    2004/10/24 at 10:05 am

    The trees here in the south (of england) are just on the verge of giving us their full autumnal display – your pics are psyching me up for bunking off work one afternoon to go off and photograph them properly (I have the Canon 300D).

    Especially so after seeing this pic; just one leaf can look great!

  • Kris

    2004/10/24 at 10:06 am

    Communist or Bush supporter… tough choice! (I guess I’ll be on that CIA list now too…)

  • RandyRambunctious

    2004/10/24 at 10:28 am

    O’Henry lives on….?

  • Sue

    2004/10/24 at 10:38 am

    I LOVE the neat slang the British have…”your pics are psyching me up for bunking off work one afternoon…” HMMM, ‘bunking off’, probably not the same as ‘bonking’ huh? HAHAHAA

    Nice Leaf! Very botanical….

  • amy

    2004/10/24 at 10:51 am

    My twin daughters didn’t crawl either.. didn’t walk till they were 14 mos. Worked out well for me. They just sat 🙂

  • Becca

    2004/10/24 at 11:28 am

    Once they start crawling they are uncontrollable and then the walking.. good luck.

  • oc

    2004/10/24 at 11:45 am

    So Dooce’s parents have been divorced? So much for Mormon family values. No, this isn’t a knock on our lovely dooce.

  • MrsDoF

    2004/10/24 at 11:51 am

    Lovely picture of a red leaf. And I want to say that here in Illinois, it is Autumn, and while I was raking leaves 15 minutes ago, I came across Two pretty purple violets in the yard, except my camera is old and uses film so I cannot get any pictures onto the ‘Net. Mother Nature doesn’t know how to read a calendar.

  • Kahli

    2004/10/24 at 11:58 am


    We just went to the zoo/dog park and recycled all our contraband 5%beer bottles. I began to laugh when I noticed something lying on the ground between the green glass and brown glass cavernous bins. (which were FULL might I add, of bottles not available in local stores-take THAT Orrin!)
    Soaking wet and curled up among gum wrappers and broken shards of glass: a soaking wet sad little baby sock… all cute and pink and girly… it would break your heart! I would have killed for a digital camera at that moment just so I could send it to you.
    Did you lose something when you recycled your last batch of bourbon bottles??

    Beautiful daily pics, lady. Great hair! I have been Dooce-free for two weeks now and it is great to be caught up.
    Keep on keepin’ on and as always, thanks!

  • Ad Verse

    2004/10/24 at 1:52 pm

    There’s that Dubya google ad again! I demand google regime change! Maybe this will do it:
    John Kerry for President! Democratic National Committee! Kerry/Edwards!
    heh heh

  • anna

    2004/10/24 at 2:14 pm

    nicely done, Ad Verse.

    John Kerry! John Edwards! Vote vote!

    And just to see how closely the googlebot pays attention…

    Mortgages! Cell phones! Car parts! Wonder bread! Prescription drugs!

    (This is a test. This is only a test.)

  • Kathy

    2004/10/24 at 2:49 pm

    Note to ‘OC’ – just because Dooce has a stepfather does not necessarily mean her monther is divorced. (Not saying she is or isn’t – just that it does not necessarily follow.)

  • elizabeth

    2004/10/24 at 3:10 pm

    Love the pictures!
    I was in the camera store today drooling on the D70…then decided I couldn’t run fast enough to make a clean break with it.
    Oh well…

  • So not first

    2004/10/24 at 3:50 pm


    Could I possibly be *first*?


    Just call me Sarcastic Jones. But maybe some people will see just how stupid it all is, and stop.

    Most people who know how stupid it is never start, though, so my efforts are likely wasted.

    Anyway, I really really like that photo. Fall foliage rocks my socks odd to the point to where I never wear socks anymore!

  • Shiz

    2004/10/24 at 4:11 pm

    Pretty hair.

  • BB

    2004/10/24 at 4:35 pm

    Since your blog is a blog, and not a textbook of grammar — and since you haven’t recently posted any requests for editorial assistance — I hope you’ll leave EVERYDAY as it is. Just on principle. Thanks for listening, and thanks for sharing yourself.

  • Sam

    2004/10/24 at 4:41 pm

    my god, you people have some bullshit to spit.
    its just a photo of a leaf!
    and dooce is just a normal woman!
    does she really deserve hero-worship of this calibre?

  • midwifegoddessannie

    2004/10/24 at 4:48 pm

    Carny Asada.. just shut the hell up will you?? Fer F*CKS SAKE. Why do you need to impose your perfectionism on Heather??? Don’t you think she has enough crap to deal with? Does she really need YOUR expectations of grammar thrust upon her repeatedly? Get a farken life will ya?

  • oc

    2004/10/24 at 4:51 pm

    Kathy, you might want to follow this link and read it.

  • midwifegoddessannie

    2004/10/24 at 4:57 pm

    Does Heather deserve hero worship of this calibre? Sam.. give us the web address of your blog and we shall allow you to entertain us with your wit, stories from your life (good and bad) and examples of your art. THEN we shall decide who is deserving of our attention and adoration.

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