Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fallen flowers

Honeysuckle flowers (species Lonicera)

The yellow orange fallen flowers of this honeysuckle stand out against the grey concrete wall.  The species Lonicera is considered an invasive plant.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Private fireworks

More fireworks to which you can add your own private sound effects:

Fireworks 06 

Fireworks 07

Fireworks 08

Fireworks 09

Fireworks 10

Fireworks 11

or, enjoy as they are!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Quiet fireworks

You can add your own sounds:

Fireworks 01 

Fireworks 02

Fireworks 03 

Fireworks 04

Fireworks 05 

or, just enjoy the views!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Yellow basement doors

This basement door painted yellow was a surprise.

Yellow basement door

They are usually painted black.  Sometimes, they are left 'au naturel'. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Two yellow

It is not often that one sees a bright yellow bicycle.

Swoopy frame

Diamond frame

To see two in one day, that is a treat of the street!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Lemony lemon

Brilliantly yellow

A red plum dropped in to visit with its lemon bin neighbors.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Light highlight

A hi-lite in the shade 

A ray of sunlight highlights the semi-rectangular openings of the closed stores shaded security gate.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Drippy penmanship

Lance?  Vance?  Birdfoot?

Using too much paint on  a vertical surface can result in unsightly drips.  A hurried stroke leads to the reader wondering what was written.  Maybe that is what this graphito meant to happen when they tagged the side of this trademan's van?

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Terra cotta coping

Dark and shiny in the breeze

Climbing vines of ivy wrap around the terra-cotta coping on the roof.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

No confusion

Pink sign and arrow

The sign and arrow clearly and distinctly identify that as a fire hydrant.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Door and ramp

No cars! 

No parked automobiles allows this shaded sidewalk scene to be fully enjoyed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Rosy pink

Rose bush in bud and flower

Walking past a garden, this blooming rose bush beckoned to be smelled.  HTML still does not support the <smell> tag, so a photograph will have to do until it does.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Building on blue

A blue sky, a blue building...

Building "en bleu"

 grass in the foreground, and, all done.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Patient pickup

This pickup truck of unknown make and model patiently awaits its restoration. 

Head on view

Three quarters frontal off the drivers side 

Even in its present condition, this pickup truck attracts looks.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Ford 1951 coupe

This 1951 Ford coupe is dressed in Cherry Red, with extra Glossy on top.

Sinister view

High full frontal

Full frontal on the down low

Seven eights dexter view 

Dexter three quarter view 

There does not seem to be one straight line on this customized classic two door Ford coupe from 1951.  If there is, it is done on a curve.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Post fix nix

"I can re-shoot it?" said the photog.

"We can fix it in post." said the CD.

"We can set it up real quick."  said the PD.

"I can fix that in post!" said the AD.

The next day:  "Can we fix this in post?" asks the AD.

Take 0

Take 1 - all done?

Take 2, in blue!

Take 3 - still not right to me.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Studebaker Champion

This 1953 Studebaker Champion Starlight model sports a sky blue, maybe a Tiffany blue or robin egg blue, body color.

OH plates

Dexter view 

Whitewall tires add to the classic look.

Shadow mirror

This is the fourth generation of the Champion model series.  It features a streamlined shape designed by Robert E. Bourke; he was with the Raymond Loewy studios at South Bend, Indiana.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hanging out

Two mops at the back door

Two mops have been hang out to dry at the corner of the building where the delivery truck missed the turn and hit the building, damaging some of the cinder blocks; those have since been replaced but have not been painted.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Muddy tracks

Slightly dry mud is an ideal medium for recording cat paw prints - raccoon tracks, too.

Prints in the mud

Those calling cards are at the bottom of a hole that is two and one half feet deep.

Muddy hole 

The hole is presented as a relaxed view 3d stereograph.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Spades and horseshoe

Mill bastard and two spades 

An Arcade mill bastard file and a 3/4 inch and a 13/16 inch spade bit await their work assignments.  Both spade bits are marked with their respective sizes.  Each has a cable hole in the blade.  The other parts are the center point, the two spurs, the two lips, and the shank.  The lips do the majority of the cutting, removing material from the bottom of the hole.  The spurs cut the circle and make for a neat hole.  The cable hole is used to attach a cable that can then be pulled back through the bored out hole.  The hexagonal shank ensures a strong grip that withstands drill torque.

Horseshoe brand logo 

The file has the "Arcade" brand horseshoe logo.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wind riffle

Rippled water and clouds 

A wind riffle on the water reflects the dark clouds above it.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Golden waters

Water not clouds 

Golden waters at sunset make up for the lack of spectacular sky colors.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Triangle in the ground

Equilateral and rounded

This Observation Monitoring Well cover was made by the Universal Valve Co. of Elizabeth, NJ.  The equilateral triangle and rounded corners provide a needed respite from the round and square covers one usually sees in the street beneath our feet.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia

"The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia" was published in England in 1969; the paperback came out in 1970.  This copy of the book has had as almost an interesting journey as the subject of the book itself:  printed in the U.K, sold in Teheran, brought to New Mexico, bookmarked with a postcard from Texas that had been mailed in Washington, donated in early 2020 to the used book bin at a library 1900 miles away that then put it in its recycling bin.

Front cover of the paperback edition

Back cover showing the prices for the U.K., Australia, 

New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada 

This particular copy of the book was at the Iranian Amalgamated Distribution Agency (I.A.D.A.) located at what was then 151 Avenue Soraya in Teheran  That was also the location for the Mebso Bookshop.   That address is now 151 Khiaban Soraya in Tehran.  

"Primate" page with bookstore stamps

The price was listed as 90 rial.

"I.A.D.A" Bookstore stamp and price

Inside the book was a postcard showing:  "President Lyndon B. Johnson & friend by the banks of the Pedernales River."  

 By the river with LBJ and the bull

The postcard was mailed on August 30, 1990 from Washington D.C. to St. John's College in Santa Fe.  Sheila, the sender, writes: "So here's a card from Texas, but not really.  Back in DC, where it's cold & rainy - sound familiar?".  She continues:  "How many fresh seafood dinners have I had?  A. Too many to count.  Have I been to the beach?  A. Yes!!!"  Her missive to Mark and Greg ends with:  "I prefer green mountains to brown ones but miss y'all pow'ful bad.  Love, Sheila".

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Crocuses by the step

Crocuses at the step

Many items are measured "by the ...".  These crocuses, and a few snowdrops, are "by the step".