I will end my "around the block series with these beautiful flowers from a very small hidden urban garden across the stree from our place.
Half way through the 30 days, I thought I would show you "the block" and where some of the photos have come from!
This is taken from the roof of the parking garage across the street.
Here is a close up of the bottom left window... "Good Morning America, how are you?"
Yes there are people on our block too! And dogs who do not want their picture taken while wearing the "cone of shame"!
I have been taking many photos FROM my fire escape, so today thought I would take a couple OF the fire escape. One is a self portrait, and the other is an appreciation of the wear of it. Enjoy! Click on either or both to seem them larger and in their full measure of beauty!
Lets have a look at the neighbors today. Those of you who have followed my comments for a while, may remember the White Barn posts from the past. (if you need a refresher go here) I had a favorite white barn in Wisconsin and photoed quite frequently. Well turns out there is one here too! From our parking lot you can see the barn below. No longer, if ever, is it used for livestock - now a heating and ac company - but it still stands sentinel over the area, and like its Wisconsin counterpart, changes with the light and weather.
Also seen from our windows is the "house on the hill". I have no idea if it is a residence or what, but it catches the last rays of the sun and gleams from the hilltop at sunset. (it is very far away and this is with my zoom at full blast!)
So even though we are in the heart of the city, rural reminders are around and within sight.
Big rainstorm last night, so I went out to check out the puddles. They didn't disappoint me! Below are two shots of the parking lot enhanced by the lighting there. Click on them to see them larger.
I am not alone up on the fire escape. As I stood there, I swear I could feel eyes on me. I looked up and here was this bug watching my every move. I snapped the picture. checked it out, and then looked up again and he was gone! The birds sat on the poles a long time watching the world go by! (Click to see larger)
Noticed that there were clouds at sunset for about the first time since we have been here. SO I headed out to the fire escape again. In Wisconsin we had sunrises, but couldn't see sunsets... here I can't see sunrise, but I can glimpse sunsets. I love the pigeons around here, and they all gathered in the parking lot across the street to watch the sunset with me, so of course I had to include them.
Here are a few that didn't make the daily cut, but I decided to include them... click on them to see them larger!
Took the grand kids around the block with me yesterday. Just wandered and looked around. The five year old picked up all the dead leaves and bugs he could find, and the seven year old found a great stick of bark which could be used as a weapon, a drumstick, a projectile, or so many other things! So here are my photos for today! (Plus one of my two buddies!)
Looking at details again for today's images. The concrete curb is just awash with subtle colors. I think it is a really good example of how there really is rarely a gray shadow! I have upped the saturation a bit, but the colors themselves are true.
I loved the details in the paint and paper on the light post.
Yesterday was all about morning light, today's photos are from the "golden hour" of evening light. I will admit to being totally enthralled with the light on the brick structures. (click on the pics to enlarge them)
For more about, and pictures of, last night check out this blog post!
Today's photos were taken from our window, looking at the morning light in the time before the commuters leave for work,
(click on photo to see larger)
It rained yesterday, and left so many beautiful drops on every thing. Wanted to take some pics of the beauty here so you don't think we live in a hole of urban decay!
Someone left the caps off of the two headed fire hose pipe, so I had a look inside! Then, as I bent over to pick something up, I noticed this peek into the next lot from between two trees in the hedge row along our fence. Below is one of our street lights,the texture is not evident from the normal viewing distance.
For more info about this 30day challenge see this blog post.
As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday, I will be shooting only in my one block radius for the next 30 days... here are the first couple shots. (with a third thrown in for good measure!) see blog post HERE
I have started thinking about big cameras, lenses, and recording for end results as reasons and goals , more than the process of seeing and finding the serendipity around me which is why I went into it. So I have devised what I hope is a slap against the side of the head to help me think if those "advances " are really what will help me expand my voice, or if they are just something I want to be able to emulate better! If I haven't bored you silly by now, please read my blog for today here!.
Decided to group these in a gallery again, so you could see all of the themed items at once. Please click on any one to see them at larger size, full crop and captions!