Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ready for my close-up

Five petal flower plant, mowed

The ground beneath our feet often has surprises.  The five petal flower plant was mowed down as part of the regular mowing schedule.  In the lower left corner, a skipper butterfly waits while the mowed area is documented.

Skipper butterfly

The skipper butterfly, patiently:  "Alright Skeetmotis, I'm ready for my close-up."

Monday, October 16, 2017

Square diamonds

A 12x12 square diamond pattern

Two widely spaced perpendicular lines create this square diamond effect.  

Other diamond patterns can be seen here.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Piping and Valves

Piping with control valves

The materials used for this piping control remain shiny and bright despite being exposed to the open air.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blue Arrow

Water Utility Arrow

Touching up the faded paint with fresh paint creates a subtle shaded effect around the blue arrow indicating that a water utility is located under the street beneath our feet.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Taylor cover

TAYLOR cover

The TAYLOR of this yellow painted Bingham and Taylor utility cover is accentuated by the darkness of the fresh asphalt as the street gets repaved.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Water cover 66

Water utility cover

This "66 WATER", or "bb WATER" water utility cover is accentuated by the darkness of the fresh asphalt as the street gets repaved.

A "clean" water utility cover can be seen here.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Disturbed Ground

Five petal flower, enhanced

Five petal flower, in situ

When the ground has been disturbed and left that way, weeds may grow.  Sometimes they don't.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Watermelon green and pink, part 2

Pink chair 2

Counter divider 2

Counter divider 3

Although the frozen yogurt emporium is closed, left behind images show its pre-opening watermelon pink and green seats, the illuminated counter divider, and interior lighting.  Part 1, showing the closed interiors, can be viewed here.

Counter divider 4

The interior of the closed frozen yogurt emporium illuminated by north daylight, circa January, 2017.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Diamond Encrusted

A 47x50 diamond pattern

A 42x41 diamond pattern

The 47x50 pattern

These diamond patterned covers are seen in the street beneath our feet.  The first is made with 47 by 50 lines, the second with 42 by 41 lines.

Depending in the angle between the two sets of parallel lines, the results can range from squares to long needles to just straight lines.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watermelon green and pink

Pink chair

White chair

Counter divider

The striking colors, seating, and decor of this now closed frozen yogurt emporium are presented in these 3d relaxed view stereograms.

Part 2, showing the re-opening images, can be viewed here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pink door

Pink with blue peeking through

The gutting renovations of the closed bowling alley mean this pink door will soon be no more.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunlit Tables

Stained glass tables

The sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows results in colorful tables.  

This is a relaxed view 3d stereograph.

Friday, September 8, 2017

EJIW Cover

EJ drain cover

This clogged drain cover beneath our feet features a classic opening layout with a key.  The assembly was made by the East Jordan Iron Works of East Jordan, Michigan.  They are now known as EJ.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


and watching

Nothing beats a bench at the beach,  just watching the clouds go by.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Agelenopsis web

Spider web

The light morning dew highlights this web beneath our feet that was spun by a grass spider (genus Agelenopsis).

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tractor and Hay Rake

Tractor and hay rake

This Massey Ferguson tractor has been well driven, and hay rake is rusty, but in capable hands, they did a creditable job of haying.  The hay rake has both a PTO drive and a ground drive;  the ground drive was used when raking these hay fields.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Water cover

Water cover

This water utility cover with what appears to be a mysterious makers mark ("66", "bb", "99", or "qq") is seen in the street beneath our feet.  

Another "66" or "bb" cover can be seen here.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Spotted sidewalks

Pattern No. 1

Pattern No. 2

The patterns of this sidewalk beneath our feet look like the skin patterns one sees on dinosaurs or alligators or snakes. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Manhole covers 2

DWS cover

Bell System cover
Two manhole covers are seen beneath our feet - one for the Department of Water Supply and another for the Bell System.  

The Bell System manhole cover has been re-oriented since it was last presented here.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Minimalist Cover

B&T GAS cover variant

This gas utility cover provides minimal information about itself, its maker, and its origin (GAS, Bingham & Taylor, and USA).

Friday, August 18, 2017

Serial Numbers

Manhole cover 1

Manhole cover 2

Located across the street from each other, these two four holers are marked with serial numbers.  Partially obscured on the first is "-324299" and "-324298" is clearly visible on the second.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two Doors

Iron door

The lift handle of the iron sidewalk basement door is kept buffed bright by the soles of passing shoes.

Stainless door

The stainless sidewalk basement door shows daily wear.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Linery 3

Diagonally seeing

Most of the lines are horizontal or vertical, but they do not seem to be so.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Linery 2

Library linery

The lines in this 3d relaxed view stereogram seem to converge on the aloe vera plant.


Monday, August 7, 2017

AC Drain (Part 2)

Ingrown drain

A plant grows out of a drain located in the sidewalk.  This drain was without plant a year ago.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lines of Light

Security gate

Reflected sunlight on a roll down security gate creates a pattern of light and dark.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Be Ess Bee Queue

Bureau of Sewers, Borough of Queens

The lightning-like cracks draw attention to this classic "bis-b-q" sewer cover in the street beneath your feet.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sewer Cover

Cover and sand

The design elements of this SEWER cover lead the eye to the W

Change the SEW to WAT and this could be a Water Cover.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Water Cover

Cover and crack

The design elements of this WATER cover lead the eye to the T.
Change the WAT to SEW and this could be a Sewer Cover.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Three Yellow Stripes


Sunlight reflected off the side of a silver car gets re-reflected in the puddle that is in the shadow of the building.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Grassy drain

Reflections on a cover

Looking down into the drain cover in the grass beneath our feet reveals a reflection of the cover.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Striping Markers

Striping marks indicate to the street striping crews the type of stripe to paint and where to stop and start striping.

Yellow striping stopped before marker

Yellow striping over-sprayed striping mark

Freshly striped street

Occasionally, the stripers miss their mark.