Friday, October 21, 2016

October 17


Seen from the study window -- maple behind the tulip tree.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 16


The neighborhood is still mostly green, but the amount of red and yellow is increasing by the day. 

All maple.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 15


Walking to the farmers' market.  Someone has decided to wrap the ornamental grass in their front yard.  Two clumps have been tied together into an arch, and another has been tied in a trio, with only the center bit allowed to retain its seed heads.....

A few weeks ago I took a pic of a bunch of eggplant varieties.  It's now the season to see a wide variety of pumpkins.

Decorative kale is excellent in bouquets.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 14


This volunteer appeared beside our driveway.  The plant looks like corn (only smaller), and there's this at the top, rather than corn's tassels.

I think this is broom corn, but would be happy to be corrected.  These berries(?) are about a quarter of an inch in their largest dimension.


Monday, October 17, 2016

October 13


Maple.  Particularly like the shadow........

Morning glory.

Skinny-pointed star, inside a pentagon.  I like the way the star points are skewed, rather than coming straight off the center.

Maple-leaf print on the sidewalk.

Frost warning.  Ficus and amaryllis tucked into the garage for the night, and the rest of the tomatoes harvested.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 11


On October 11th I got dropped off downtown so I could go get a flu shot.  (My better half got his two weeks ago.)

Japanese anemone by the parking lot near the library.

Dahlia in the same bit of garden.

Looking south over Ann Arbor.  Wow..................

I meant to have lunch in a new-to-me restaurant, but they were closed.  How rude.  At least they could have said they would be closed -- I checked their menu on the website that morning, and there was no hint that they were going to be closed...............

I found something else to eat, and got my flu shot.  Then I went to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and looked at their exhibit on "Less Than Perfect" objects that have been discovered by archaeologists.  Some objects were damaged in the process of making them (lots of kiln accidents, for example, resulting in ruined ceramics).  Some were damaged in use, and repaired (broken ceramics repaired with lacquer, perhaps).  And some were deliberately made imperfect by makers who were, in some cases, avoiding something like the wrath of the gods (who reserve "perfect" for themselves, denying it to mere mortals).

This Shalimar bagh embroidered textile may belong in the last category, because while most of it looked the way most of it looks here, some of the diamond shapes had different embroidery in them, as the one in the lower right does in this image.

(Trying to wrap my mind around this being embroidery, rather than some sort of weaving technique.  This object was large.  5'x7'?  It took 'leventy billion hours to make this.....)

These were damaged in the making.  Another sort of kiln accident (though they call it a furnace rather than a kiln).................. 

I'd always wondered about bent or crooked glass.  I know modern glass has to cool verrrrrrry slowly, but it never occurred to me that ancient glass would also need a slow cool.

Ancient glass is often breath-takingly thin..........  Amazing that it could be made, let alone that it has survived for two millennia.  !!!

The "Less Than Perfect" exhibit was interesting, and small.  It's a small museum.  Nice, but little.

These next things are in the permanent collection.  This drinking cup is Roman glass, from Syria, made 1-4th c. CE.

So amazing, the color that can result from burying glass for hundreds and hundreds of years........

CB -- this is a lot smaller than the urn the British Museum is working on.  6"-8" ish.

The label calls it a jug.  From Karanis, Egypt.  Made 2nd-4th c. CE.

This delicate thing, which would easily fit into my cupped hand, is described as a "free-blown spherical beaker."  "Beaker"????  What a clunky description for this lovely object.  I wonder what "beaker" means in this context.............  The info says Cologne, Germany, 1st c. CE.

"Free blown" and then mashed! "flask."  Egypt.  1st-3rd c. CE.

I wonder if it's not just necessary to bury glass for centuries and centuries, to get this sort of color, but also important to bury it in the desert?

I understand why museums like this sort of shelf-holder-upper, but it's ugly and distracting in pictures, alas................

Walking home.  Chrysanthemum for sale at Downtown Home and Garden.  I went in and bought some daffodil bulbs and some species tulip bulbs.

The sky was still amazing when I went through West Park on my way home.

I was surprised to see a hibiscus blooming this late in the year.

Another Japanese anemone.


Friday, October 14, 2016

October 10


On October 10, we went to Zingerman's Bakehouse for lunch.

As we drove past the outdoor seating area, on our way to a parking space, I noticed this.

Our daughter works near the Bakehouse, so seeing her here would not be a surprise.  Her hair is about this color/texture/length.  She has a sweater that looks a lot like this.  She wears jeans, and boots.


She does not have a baby...........................................

After we parked the car, I had to go look.  I could imagine our daughter holding someone else's baby...............

It turned out this was not our daughter, but when I told this nice woman about the hair, the sweater, etc., and NOT the baby, she was as amused as I was by the situation.

We enjoyed a good laugh, she posed this way for me, so I could take a pic, and we wished each other an excellent day.

(Still chuckling about this...........)

 Later.  Walking.  Morning glory.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dad!


Happy Birthday, Dad!

Wishing a very happy birthday (and many more!) to the staunchest defender of the Constitution I know.  Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for everyone.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 9


Walking to the farmers' market.  Rose.

Closer crop.  Raindrops on rose.

Love these glass mugs on a black shiny table.........

Challah makes lovely toast, and excellent French toast (and bread pudding!).

I think stacking bagels on dowels is an excellent way to display (and keep track of) the varieties.

Morning glory.


This black chain-link fence separates the Pittsfield library parking lot and a creek.  This is Virginia creeper, growing on the fence.

Black fence; red tendrils.  I bet these belong to the Virginia creeper, but wouldn't swear to it.

This looks like a dandelion, but this flower was at the top of the (at least 3' tall) fence we've been looking at.  The plant didn't look like a dandelion, either.  The leaves are a lot bigger, and more thistle-y, in addition to flowers sprouting off a tall stem, rather than arising from a rosette of leaves that is at ground level.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

libraries save lives


And this is one reason (of many!) that I am thrilled that my tax dollars support the public library.


October 6


Sunrise, through the maple trees.


October 5


These were labeled "Christmas Bell Peppers" at the farmers' market.  I'd never seen this shape before.  Love their long curvy stems..........

Wild asters.  It's amazing to me that a plant that thrives without human care can do so well in Michigan despite not beginning to bloom until October.  Life will exploit every niche.......

Big sky -- looking north over West Park.