Or old brick at high noon on main street in Iowa's Antique City: Sunny, clear and mild all across the state; harvest just beginning. Great day for a road trip.
We headed west out of Chariton well before sunrise Tuesday for the two-hour-plus trek north and west to Walnut in Pottawattamie County --- just northeast of Council Bluffs and Omaha --- for a meeting of the Small Museums Group of the Iowa Museum Association. Got back 12 or so hours later after a full day of beautiful early-fall scenery, great conversation and good food.
Walnut's an interesting immaculate little town, also known as Iowa's Antique City. More about that another time. For now, here's a shot taken about 12:30 p.m. today while standing smack in the middle of Walnut's antique-shop-lined main street and looking south. One of the wonderful things about Walnut is that it doesn't straggle, it just ends. Drive down to the bottom of the hill here and across the bridge and you're in the country.