Sunday, October 04, 2015

September 29


Zinnia, over the leaf litter.

I don't know what this is.  Emphatically golden-yellow.

And wet.



Saturday, October 03, 2015

September 28


The sky is pink at a time of day when it was full sunlight, not so long ago.

Lots of jet trails........

A closer look.  Tryingly fuzzy........

A fan of jet trails....


So interesting, that the trails have been blown into curvy lines.  We are pretty sure they were straight when they were made............


Friday, October 02, 2015

The Art of Science


Here's a cool art and science book, on Kickstarter.

Hooray for telling big stories in artful ways!


September 27


I like taking pictures for a lot of reasons, and one of the big ones is that the camera records the date every pic was taken.  (Assuming I've correctly told the camera what day/time it is.....)

Another thing to like about digital photography -- taking pics of things records the "when" as well as the "what."

Here's another example of random curiosity.  We recycle everything we can recycle.  Including boxboard.  The soap we use when we run out of hand-made soap comes in boxes.  Toilet-paper rolls sort of, almost, kind of fit into the soap box.

I became curious if one soap box would hold all of the toilet-paper rolls that are emptied (in the bathroom where the shower where we use the soap) during the time we'd use the soap that came in that box.  Here's the beginning of the observation.  Soap opened on Sept 26, toilet-paper roll emptied on the 27th.

I walked earlier than I usually do, because a house I've walked by MANY times is for sale and was having an open house in the early afternoon.  It's a nice little house, and I'm glad to have seen the inside.  The rooms are tiny.  Really small.  The pics they put up online are soooooo deceptive...........

I chatted a bit with the real estate person.  I lamented the lack of floor plans on real estate listings.  She said there was one for that house.  Not with the pics, but with ... other media, or something like that?  I can't remember exactly what she said, and I did look to see if I could find the floor plans, to no avail........ 

But -- fyi -- supposedly there are (or may be) floor plans with online real-estate listings, if you know where to look.........

Yet another of the beautiful days of 2015!

Walking home.  This tree is a black walnut.  Bare of leaves, as you see.  What caught my eyes were the walnuts, hanging like golden-green ornaments in the afternoon sun.  Unfortunately, they don't show up in the image.  Another example of what a difference it makes when we (unlike cameras) are paying attention to one part of a scene...........  We might find the nuts striking, in the sunlight, while the camera doesn't.

Luckily, we can zoom in and get some idea.  There were still a lot of nuts on the tree.........

Even though there were a lot of nuts on the ground!

Rats are starting to appear at the Rat House..........  Last year there were cat skeletons, which, oddly, had ears.  This year there are rat skeletons, with ears, and a strange amount of "flesh" on their tails.

A lot of houses have changed hands in our neighborhood this year.  Many of them are undergoing significant expansion/renovation.  (Plenty of houses that did not change hands are also having work done....)

Nails waiting for a nail gun to apply them.

Lots of repeating patterns..............

As I got closer to home, I discovered another open house.  This house has beautiful floors and lots of windows.  The living room was a really nice big space, and the rest of the house was smaller rooms.  The house does have three full baths, including a really big one in the basement, and a pink-tiled one on the ground floor.....

I like to look at houses....................

Maple leaves.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

September 26


Bostok, from Zingerman's Bakehouse.  If you like almond flavor, I predict you will love this. 

Running the Saturday errands.  Looking west-southwest from the sidewalk beside the Pittsfield branch of the library.

Looking south.

I put a lot of books on hold at the library.  I used to put them on hold, in olden times, when I wanted somthing that wasn't on the shelf, but I put WAY more books on hold now.

Any time I'm on the web and someone talks about an interesting book, or I'm taking a class that is full of chefs talking about what they do, and I'm intrigued.............  I click on over to the library, and reserve the book(s).  And if my library doesn't have them, because they would rather be purchasing foreign-language novels than books requested by actual tax-payers, perhaps I can get the books through the Michigan inter-library loan..............

One of Life's Little Surprises is what shows up when you put books on reserve.  You never know, for example, whether you actually want to check a book out until you've had a chance to look at it (or, at least, *I* don't....). 

And you never know how big the book is going to be. 

Look at this!  !!!  This is one of the biggest books I've ever seen!  It's enormous, and it's really heavy, too!  Definitely in the "must have car to take home" category!

The pictures are A M A Z I N G.  Sort of like the difference between seeing a movie at home on tv, or at an IMAX theater.  !!!  If you have any interest in photography, or food, see if you can lay your hands on a copy of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine.  And you might want to bring a forklift when you pick it up........

Grocery-store flowers.

On football days, locals carefully choreograph their excursions.  "Leave home shortly after the game begins...."

Many businesses and home-owners relatively near the stadium let people park on their lawns.  For a fee. This is a church with a lot of football-goers' cars.  $$$...............

Pioneer high school's property used to belong to the university.  When the U sold it to the school district, it came with the understanding that football traffic would be allowed to park there in perpetuity.  For a fee (which goes to the district).

This next image was taken from 7th, just south of Stadium.

A much closer crop of the above.  Pioneer is kitty-corner from the stadium; you can see the scoreboard in this image....


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 25


Lots of interesting sky, on the 25th.

It always gives me pause, when some clouds are going one way, and the rest are going another way.  The puffy clouds were moving rather briskly from east to west, and the jet trail and high clouds were moving more leasurely, but from west to east (as is usual for winds around here).


My observant better half noticed this critter on the screen door.  I didn't have much hope for a clear pic, but since the bug was so close to the screen, and the camera was willing to focus on the screen, we got a pretty good look at the underside of this little one.  It was less than an inch from head to tail.

I think it's weird enough that two pairs of its legs come out of its chest while another pair comes out of its collarbone (or where it's collarbone would be, if it had a collarbone!), but what about that chasm in the middle of its chest!?!

Let's also pause to be amazed by its antennae.  They seem to have rather large segments.

With teeny tiny little joints.......  Wondering if those are actually joints.  Wondering (if they are joints!) about what those joints might look like through a microscope.  Wondering what on earth insects use for muscles.  

In the mindfulness class I'm taking, one of the teachers made the contention that while children are curious about everything, adults lose their curiosity by the day.

"WHICH adults?," I wondered, thus putting the lie to his statement...............

How can anyone look at this bug and not think of a million questions.  What is it?  How can you tell a beetle from a not-beetle?  How do its legs work?  Joints?  "Muscles"?

I'm sure I could find the answers to at least some of those questions, but I've got a bunch of blog posts to write.....

Baffled that anyone would actually say out loud that adults are not curious....................... 

Moving on.

Later in the day.  Walking.  A beautiful gorgeous evening, after a beautiful gorgeous day.  We have had the most beautiful summer................................

Cloud, and jet trail.

Lest you think I live in paradise, I am compelled to show you some wire-y reality..........

I don't like the wires; I work to leave them out.  This is the sort of crop of the above that I would usually show you.

I was looking at the longer jet trail when I took this pic.  I never saw the one at the bottom, until I had this up on "the big screen"......

It was too dark out to take a pic of these leaves, so I brought 'em home and put 'em on a piece of printer paper, in incandescent light.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 23


Walking up to the farmers' market.

Squirrel tracks.  I believe I would have known these were squirrel tracks, anyway, but since I saw them being made, there can be no doubt who left these marks.

Radishes.  Love the colors......

When we got home, I noticed these tracks on top of our trash bin.  At first I was thinking they were enormous cat feet (3" across?).

Then I counted the toes.  Too many -- cats have four toes.

Pretty sure this is a raccoon..........  Even though we can't see the long fingers that we saw in the park on the 22nd.

This one is on the "compostables" bin.  So surprised -- not sure I've ever seen raccoon tracks before, and to see them two days in a row, far enough apart that it's very unlikely to have been the same raccoon......  Odd.

Walking to yoga.  Nasturtium.  Exotic -- first the round leaves, and then all that ... stuff ... on the flower? 

In West Park.  Purple and white asters, and goldenrod.  So glad all of these flowers are in the park!

I have no idea what this is.  The camera remembers it as more red than I remember it.  I'd have said it was more purple....

I think this is a different green bee than the one we saw the other day -- I think the other one was all green, and this one has a yellow-striped behind.  Beehind.

Dead branch near the top of a locust tree.  It reminds me of the windblown ancient trees I've seen pics of, at the edges of deserts ... or continents................

Eleven ducks in the pond, all hopeful that I brought them a snack.  Alas, no snacks from me on the 23rd.

After yoga.  After sunset!  Startling, how quickly the seasons swing round.............