Monday, July 15, 2019

Worn down gas test

Gas Test utility cover 

The high vehicular traffic has worn down the lettering on this utility cover.  What remains of the cover design indicates that it is a gas test cover.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Gas test sans serif

Bingham and Taylor GAS TEST cover 

Seen in the street beneath our feet, this "GAS TEST BINGHAM TAYLOR" cover utilizes a sans serif font to indicate the function of the cover and its maker.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Third time

Try three times

"The third time's the charm", as the saying goes.  So it was with this street sign post, which was placed in the correct position on the third try.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Contrail 004

Contrail, 006

This contrail and the clouds seemed to have some rainbow effects.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Munching on mullein

Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) 

The seeds and flowers of the common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) are a favorite food of the Mullein Seed-eating Weevil (Gymnetron tetrum).

MSEW on the unopened part of the flower stalk

MSEW amongst the flowers 

Mullein is also sometimes spelled as "mullien".

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hinged cover

Rotating 26x25 pattern

This hinged manhole cover has a 26 x 25 "rotating L" pattern.  

The cover, a model EPGO XL, was made by EJIW, the East Jordan Iron Works located in East Jordan, Michigan and established in 1883.  It is now part of the EJ company.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Fitting ring

A ring of bricks

This shoe sole shined 10 x 10 diamond pattern manhole cover is outlined by the neatly cut and fitted bricks. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Ring and cover

57x57 and 41x42 

This electric utility cover is a 57 x 57 diamond pattern.  The inner cover is a 41 x 42 diamond pattern, which, if it was properly aligned, would match up to the outer ring.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Missing tooth


One of the cutouts between two "teeth" is filled in the casting pattern, leaving this is 9 x 9 square diamond pattern utility DRAIN cover with 23 "teeth".

Monday, June 17, 2019

Delivery door

Delivery door logo

The delivery door of a paint store sports a different logo than the one above the front door.

SW store with corporate logo 

The hand-painted door logo almost has a graffiti like feel to it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fiber optic

DOT 57x57  

This 57 x 57 diamond pattern utility cover was put in place by RIDOT and provides access to fiber optic cables.

The top of the cover shows the EJ company logo.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Between two poles

Rusty 28x28 cover

This 28 by 28 diamond pattern utility cover is located between two traffic signs in a much trafficked sidewalk.  Very few pedestrians walk in between the sign poles.  The lack of a constant and steady shoe shine has allowed the cover to reach a ruddy reddish rust state.

The cover ring was made by LeBARON FOUNDRY INC. and is further identified by the EJIW - MADE IN USA.  The LeBaron Foundry, founded in 1855, was located in Brockton, Massachusetts.  It was the primary supplier of manhole, catch basin, and sewer covers for the "Big Dig" in Boston.  The LeBaron Foundry was bought in late 2008 by the East Jordan Iron Works of East Jordan, Michigan, which had been founded in November, 1883.  The cover itself shows the EJ company logo, the corporate holder of those brands. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019


Aquilegia, also know as Columbine, is a genus of perennial plant with some sixty to seventy species.  This is one of those.

Aquilegia, no. 1

Aquilegia, no. 2

Aquilegia, no. 3

Aquilegia, no 4

Aquilegia, no. 5

This particular columbine is a wilding.  

Friday, May 31, 2019

Papaver orientale

Papaver orientale (oriental poppy) flower pod

Encased in droplets from the morning fog, this oriental poppy flower pod snakes out of the foliage and into the open.

Papaver orientale flower

The water droplets create a different texture for this drooping poppy flower.

Papaver orientale seed pod and flower

The seed pod and flower of this papaver orientale cultivar.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Eleven o'clock lady

Nap at noon in bloom

This cluster of Ornithogalum umbellatum waited for a warm and sunny day in early May to bloom.  A perennial bulb that can be invasive, this six petaled white spring flower is commonly known as "nap-at-noon", "eleven-o'clock lady", or "star of Bethlehem".

Friday, May 24, 2019

Mom knows best

Filled with Motherly advice, this inscription appears inside the front of a used paperback book:

Mom's advice 


Dear Max -

Don't laugh -
this is exactly the
kind of book a
Guy like you
should read!


Merry Xmas


What is Mom recommending?  The book is "Showstopper!" by G. Pascal Zachary:

"Showstopper!" (1996 English edition)

This revised and update edition was published in 1996 in England.  It describes the development at Microsoft of the Windows NT operating system, that family of Windows OS that spans from Windows NT 3.1 to Windows Server 2019.

One wonders if Mom read the book beforehand?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Trout lily

Closed flowers on a cloudy day

The mottled markings on the leaves of the trout lily (Erythronium americanum) resemble those on a brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis).   Both are native to the eastern part of North America.

Sunny day - flowers open!

That insect has crawled behind the flowers

There it is, hanging on 

N.B.:  the photographs are of the same plant but were taken at different times and angles.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Willow bloom for me

Spring means flowering willows.

Catkins with cottony seeds

This willow is an early bloomer and the cottony fluff is ready to be carried off by a breeze.

Black willow (Salix nigra) 

The black willow catkin looks like a multilegged caterpillar.

Pussy willow (Salix discolor)

These open pussy willow flowers show off their anthers with the yellow pollen.

Seed pod
This seed pod from the previous year awaits dispersal.

Monday, May 13, 2019

DOT cover

Rusty manhole cover

Every state has a DOT, even if some of them may call it by a different name.  This manhole cover is from the DOT of smallest state that also has the longest name.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Five mailboxes

Mail box melee

Despite the disarray of the mailboxes, the mail still seems to be delivered.  Just maybe not picked up?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Caddy C de V H-top

The spun metal hubcaps add that certain look to this classic 1964 model year Cadillac Coupe de Ville two door hardtop.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Their GAS cover

Caldwell Boston Gas utility cover

This cast iron Caldwell gas utility cover was made in Boston.  Their water cover can be seen here.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Grey sided

Grey blue siding on house

This house is located across the street from a now redeveloped urban renewal district. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Foot steps in the sand

Printed foot path

The footprints of walkers are left behind in the damp sand surface of the walking path.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Stamp and coin

Former stamp and coin store

This empty store front was a philatelic and numismatic store in a previous life.

Three quarters view

The store is partially encased in the hillside.

Three quarters of a relaxed view 3d stereograph

The 3/4 view of the storefront is presented in a relaxed view 3d stereograph.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Three over two

Store front in vertical rectangles 

At one time, the front glass of this empty store was "three over one".  When those large glass panes were broken, they would be replaced with smaller panes that were cheaper to buy and replace.  Here the result is a "three over two" look which accentuates the overall effect of vertical rectangles.

Door pull

Despite the look of the door pull and lock, the front door is well secured.  Of note is the ergonomic placement of the pull handle in relation to the thumb latch.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Rectangles and pies

7 x 4 sewer cover

The 7 x 4 cut-through perpendicular diamond pattern of this manhole cover creates rectangular and pie shaped negative spaces.  The rubber tires of irregularly timed vehicle traffic keep the cover buffed to a dull but reflective surface.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sugar plum registration

Sugar plum registration 1 

 Sugar plum registration 2 

The scan at 4800 dpi reveals that the color registration of this "Sugar Plum Tea" box is off slightly, but not enough that it would interfere with the enjoyment of the tea.