It has been longer than a week since I was out shooting...time with grandchildren does trump all other endeavors. For several years my wife has told me when I get what she thinks is cranky, "why don't you go for a run or a bike ride?" because she knows I begin to miss it (and she really thinksI am getting cranky). I have learned that my photography impacts me similarly - I just need to shoot a few pictures on a regular basis. I am also learning to present different challenges to myself which in this case was to capture an image using a fixed focal length lens of a mid-range focal length. A subject I return to often is the thistle both in the Spring when it is a beautiful royal purple and in the fall when it is a brown sentinel announcing winter is coming. The sky was a brilliant fall blue and the noon time wintering sun already low in the sky. Placing one of the seed heads in front of the sun, I shot directly into it thus silhouetting the thistle seed heads. Olympus OMD E-M5, Leica Summilux 25mm/1.4, f4, 1/4000s. ISO 200.