Eating Well is the Best Something

outdoor-grill-two-aug-14This is the time of year when everyone, especially anyone selling Fall merchandise, begins to warn that summer is almost over. Not that Fall is a deterence to people who like to grill outdoors. Many a day, even in early winter, I walk out to the smell of ribs or whatever wafting through the neighborhood. Meanwhile, here are the instruments that make it all happen.

outdoor-grill-five-aug-14I like this one because it looks so serious and high tech.

outdoor-grill-four-aug-14And this one because it looks like it’s been around for a while.

grill-lurking-two-aug-14Here’s one lurking.

outdoor-grill-aug-14-oneAnd here’s one really lurking.

grill-with-snowAnd here’s one (from last winter) patiently waiting.

More About Geese

 

goose-divingEarly Spring Duende
(for Judy Longley)

I”m out here looking for Canada
Geese. Is that anything like
a wild goose chase? I only want
to shoot them with
my camera and think
about duende
                       as they stiff-walk on the dead
grass, take off wildly
honking, hit the water
awkward, put their heads in
the freezing cold and shake
their oily feathers like
trash. Wings tucked, necks erect,
two of them and a duck
arrow across this pond, where
the water, today,
is gray-green and winter’s mourning
still hangs
from the trees. They don’t know
I want their picture. If they knew,
they’d have no idea
why. These frequent tourists
are out looking for their life. I’d have
to say, so am I.

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Duck, Duck, But Mostly Goose

geese-and-duck-swimmingOne of the many delightful things about having a pond in the neighborhood is the way it attracts wildlife — in this case,  the occasional duck, but mostly geese (of the Canada variety)

geese-in-dark-waterAnd sometimes turtles. They tend to lurk at the far end of the pond. The Geese and ducks seem to get along well.

geese-and-a-buddydespite the dominance of geese.

geese-advance-guardI haven’t had the privilege of seeing any duck babies either.

geese-adolescentbut the geese are clearly family-oriented.

geese-and-dunce-cap-twoAnd they do sort of take over the place.

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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.

patio-icon-japanese-looking - Copyor I hope so. Here’s one of mine, though he doesn’t live outdoors (he’s made of papier mache). It’s Hanuman, a god with a lovely reputation, which is more than you can say about most gods. I would put him on the patio if he could take the weather.

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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.