Summer draws its last breath.
Hang heavy heads low,
Faces blackened in the sun.
Long since gone.
Tired figures waiting
For the reaper’s blade.
From: “Aging Sunflowers” by Mark Coleman
Inside an abandoned barn. . . .
This little fly is not as fabulous as IVOR’S , but it will just have to do! 😉
It’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day. . . .have a great one!
Fresh from the sunflower. . . . .
By the beautiful sea at Gurney’s Inn, Montauk, Long Island, New York, . . . .
Nero has been an absolute delight. . . he’s such a sweet, happy pup! 😛 ♥ Don’t shop, adopt! ♥
I think the only reason I even spotted this beautiful web was because of the dew.
Focusing on some important details. . . .
Carefree and loving it at a 4th of July Parade. . . .
. . . . of the outdoor kind.
To be perfectly honest, it’s not from my garden but it is from my neighbor’s. Thank goodness that doesn’t affect the taste at all! 😛 Jersey garden fresh tomatoes……delicious!
Found just sittin’ on the dock of the bay. . . . 😎
This not so itsy-bitsy spider is waiting patiently for a tasty morsel to happen by.
I don’t think I’ve ever used this as a fan, it’s kept on the bookshelf as a decorative piece. I probably could have used it during the heat wave now that I think of it!
When I was a little girl, I had a wooden toy similar to this and I used to play with it and pull it along behind me all the time. Mine wasn’t a dog though, it was a duck. Quack quack! 😛
These pilings (I think that’s what they’re called) and ladder look like they’ve seen better days, but I do love all the texture they have.
Allium, processed with a touch of cyan-blue.
A collaboration between Pixelicious and Untold Contemplation. This is a close-up of a molted cicada shell. Creepy, right? Click THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT to see Wisnu Widiarta’s interpretation from Indonesia.
This abandoned masterpiece of architecture is Hinchliffe Stadium located in Paterson, NJ. It was built in 1932 by John Shaw, who designed the blended Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco/Moderne styled stadium based on a 1931 plan by the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Engineering Firm whose founder Frederick Law Olmsted designed, among many other things, Central Park in NYC. The period of significance for this recently named National Historic Landmark is 1932-1944, covering the years when Hinchliffe Stadium served as a venue for segregated Negro professional baseball, most notably the New York Black Yankees and including Satchel Paige and Larry Doby. If you’d like to find out more information about this magnificent structure on which restoration work will soon begin, you can view a fascinating PBS Documentary about Hinchliffe HERE.
. . . . or not? If you said not, you’re right. This is what Nero does when he sees me with a camera and I call his name! No respect!!! 😛 Maybe he’s meditating. . . .ohm. . . .
I think this is one of Mother Nature’s most curious creations….the cicada. Here in the Northeast United States, it’s time for their emergence after 17 years. Yes, 17 years! They live underground all that time, taking nutrients from the roots of trees, then make their way to the surface. The brown shell you see is what they look like when the come out of the ground and attach themselves to a surface, usually a tree. I don’t know how this guy made it to my front porch. The cicadas only live a few weeks…during that time they mate and lay their eggs. The eggs are about the size of a grain of rice. When they’re able, they burrow into the ground and the cycle begins again. Cicadas are a bird delicacy…..sometimes they even catch them in mid-air and have a tasty snack. Despite their scary look, they do no harm to anyone or anything other than making A LOT of noise. Gentle giants I guess! I was lucky enough to spot this one the other evening right after it’s metamorphosis. It must have been there all day but I never noticed it until it came out of its exoskeleton. When I looked about 5 minutes later, it had flown away. Next cicada brood……2030. You can hear and see a live one in the video below……imagine hundreds, maybe thousands of them making that noise at the same time!!!! It’s the male cicadas trying to attract a mate.
It takes HOURS for this to happen. Found on wiki.
Old bulbs for the flash attachment of the Duaflex. . . . I’ll let you know if the bulbs or the flash or the camera work!
The corn, not the boy…..although he might be fresh too & I just don’t know! 😛 Can’t decide which I like better, Jersey tomatoes or our corn on the cob…….they’re both delish!
“A rose dreams of enjoying the company of bees, but none appears.
The sun asks: “Aren’t you tired of waiting?”
“Yes,” answers the rose, “but if I close my petals, I will wither and die.”
A plethora of straight lines in this old building. . . .
When I saw these boys on the train tracks, I immediately thought of a scene from the movie “Stand by Me” based on the novella “The Body” by Stephen King. Boys out of school for summer vacation; bored, looking for things to do and getting into all kinds of trouble! Anyway, the scene I’m referring to is below. LOVE Stephen King! The second video is the outrageous “Family Guy” by Seth McFarland version. LOVE Family Guy too! 🙂
Just for fun…..the “Family Guy” by Seth McFarland version.
A peony from the garden when they were in bloom. . . . .
This old guard shack & dock are in a serious state of disrepair and abandonment. . . . .
Here’s a color version for Judi AND Ron with a slight difference.
I liked the way the cut stems echoed the lines of the building or vice versa!
Lots of rust on the side of this old metal bridge. . . .
Spectators during ‘The Golden Hour’. . . .
I’d be a little leery about sitting on it though. . . . .
The S is for Susquehanna aka Suzie-Q. . . . .but NOT for the Susquehanna Hat Company of Abbott & Costello fame! It’s right up there with their “Who’s on First” routine!
No, I don’t play anymore. . . . you can tell by the dust. 😕
A long weed. . . . .don’t know what kind. It is growing in my lawn though! 😦
Here’s an oldie but goodie. . . . .a Kodak Duaflex IV twin-lens reflex camera, made between 1955 and 1960. After doing a little online research, I purchased a roll of film on ebay and am going to give this little guy a shot or two, I hope it still works. I don’t think I’ve ever shot anything other than digital. . . . .should be interesting! HERE’S a link to the user manual, thank goodness! Pretty cool. 😛
Come walk with me on a summer day
Up a logging road, a long, long way
Summer leaves are all you can see
So lovely and healthy and green as can be.
Childhood memories. . . . .
Listen. . . . I think I hear Choo Choo Charlie coming!
Pick a bud, any bud . . . . .
A blade of grass. . . . . .
“The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
A teeny, weeny, itsy, bitsy baby pinecone. . . . .
Not my companion, but companions nonetheless! Monk parakeets in the wild.
This is my favorite type of cork! 😀
I LOVE pots of geraniums scattered around outside in the summer…. but only red ones!