Why This Bird?

flamingo-coldI’ve seen this flamingo more than once here in mid-Virginia, where you really never see any real ones, and it makes me wonder. Why a flamingo? It’s probably like those things you see on license plates (especially here in Virginia, where the privilege is cheap): sometimes obvious, but often so intensely personal, there’s no deciphering it, let alone figuring out why.

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Here’s another version of a bird, this one really is from Florida (a store front in Del Rey), and also false, of course.

I’m not arguing against this sort of thing. Doesn’t it make the world more interesting? florida-whimsey-two-2012

Well, yes, real birds are more interesting still. But require more upkeep…

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Patio Figures

patio-pals-summer-14In the apartment complex where I live, the patios are at the front, like little front porches, which makes them a not very satisfactory place for practicing one’s tai-chi (unless one were very good, I suppose), but they do provide lots to look at.

turtle-and-potAnd the beauty of it is, people are always moving in and out, so the subjects are often changing.

IMG_0331_edited-1The artificial geese below, for example, have departed.fake-geeseAs have these angels.

welcome-angels-twoBut this icon, also departed, has long been a favorite. I don’t know what it means, or means to depicct. I imagine it to have religious significance.

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The Pond of Summer

the-pond--high-summerI call it a  pond, but technically, it’s a “stormwater reclamation project.” It sits adjacent to several fairly high density (for the suburbs) living areas, including the apartment complex where I live. For those of us who live nearby, it’s a blessing of many kinds. I like to take its picture.

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And then there’s the geese

geese-in-glassy-water-twoFor a while there, this spring, it seemed like the pond was a goner. They, the ubiquitous they, came in, put up a chain-link fence and proceeded to dig.

earth-moving-equipment-throNobody knew what they had in mind, but it didn’t look promising. Day after day, big trucks came in and out, carrying away dirt and stones. Pretty soon, it began to look like a field

the-pond-is-gone and we began to wonder whether we should be resigning ourselves to another development going up or something equally non-aquatic. Then, Saturday, as I was driving up that road I noticed the chain-link fence was gone. I pulled over immediately, parked at the side, and ran to look. The pond was back.

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Of course it looks a little ragged right now

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Angels

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This angel appeared on a neighbor’s patio one day. I admired her (I’m pretty sure it’s a female angel) and hastened to take pictures of her. Then one day, I came across her standing a little to one side  instead of at the side of the front door, as she had been.

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The next time I went by, she was gone. I have no idea where. It’s curious how these apparitions come and go. Just because I don’t imagine them myself, doesn’t mean I don’t think they exist. Hey, my camera thinks they exist.

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These are angels too, I think, though it’s less clear. In Victorian literature they would certainly have been called so. They are still in residence in the neighborhood. At least they were yesterday. You never know.

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This cherubim lives in a friend’s garden. He (pretty sure it’s a he) seems to me lonely. Or maybe he’s just feeling sympathy for the world. Or maybe he’s just been rained on once too often.

A Dog’s Life

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It’s not dog days yet (which really has no relevance to dogs) so I don’t have a fully ostensible reason for posting these dog pictures. This one is named Wink and I took this picture of him relaxing at home. Wink relaxes a lot.

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This dog, whose name I don’t know, perhaps doesn’t relax as much. I took this picture of him doing his job on the downtown mall.

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These, also un-identified dogs are maybe relaxing, but I suspect they are paying attention.

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This dog is being patient.

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And this one is not.