I hope everyone is having a great Easter! Zoetawny created the holiday tag for us ... she does always rock, right? It's Sunday, time to take my weekly off topic trip reflecting on the week gone by in photographs and words. This week's big news is that we had no flooding this week! While the week started off rainy, it all changed and we're in for actual spring days.
I love living where the seasons actually change. I did a couple of years in California as a child and it just wasn't the same. Each season has its own particular beauty. Winter's snow and ice are often a spectacular sight. In autumn, the trees go out in a blaze of glory for their winter nap. Summer is my least favorite season these days, especially late summer when everything just looks worn and burnt. Then there's spring, a time when everything begins anew. The changes happen so fast that if you miss a day, you miss a bloom. So I tend to go a little camera crazy. Bless digital!
Other than catching nature all around me, it's been a bit uneventful this week. On Tuesday morning, in a vicious evil rainstorm, I managed to sort of half-trip and aggravate my knee. I think it's safe to say that before (or during) the next winter, my knee will be full of titanium and plastic like the other one.
This week's Sunday Seven Songs randomly picked from my not-an-iPod --
"Rock the Casbah" by The Clash
"Let's Go Crazy" by Prince
"Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor
"Without Me" by Eminem
"Expressway to Your Heart" by The Soul Survivors
"Way Down in the Hole" by The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
"Geek in the Pink" by Jason Mraz
What's on your MP3 player?
Onto the photos -- clicking on an image will open it larger in a new window.
I "posterized" this shot of leaves coming to life on a small tree. Don't ask me what kind of tree it is. I'm lucky to be able to tell a conifer from a deciduous.
... at the Plainfield NJ Transit Train Station
A man walks down East Front Street in Plainfield dressed for the season. I edited the shot to leave him in color, the background black and white and posterized.
The trees and bushes are in bloom and the lawn is a lush green at the Plainfield Police Station. Well, the lawn is a lush after drinking all that rain the past few weeks!
Again, don't ask me what the trees are. This is before the peak Saturday morning. By Monday, they'll all be in full bloom or blowing in the wind.
The Heard One complex is in the background.
These are what they are. What are they? ;-)
On Church Street, but in my yard and everywhere else, too.
Nope. It's a fancy-schmancy digital antenna gleaming in the early morning sun. North Street in Plainfield (adjacent to a gaping hole on the left).
Whatever this one is, it blooms in red and white. At the Bridgewater Train Station.
Our conversation went like this:
Rabbit - "There's a human in my way."
Me - "There's a rabbit in my way."
Staredown ensued while I grabbed my camera. The rabbit backed down and ran away.
Bridgewater Train Station.
I've spotted this small cat twice near the Watchung Avenue and East Fourth Street intersection in Plainfield. He seems street-savvy and fed well enough, but it's really not a good location for a cat.
Throw the pigeons crumbs and run for your lives! The birds are gathering!
This one is outside the Methodist Church on East Front Street in Plainfield. It's blooming oddly this year. Every other year, it bloomed evenly. This year one side is lagging after the other.
This is a closer shot of the blossoms from the previous shot.
I messed with the editing, posterizing it, cartooning it, bumping up the contrast ... just having a grand old time with it.
Oh, what pretty flowers!
Okay, it's a restroom. But it's the restroom at Five Guys Hamburgers and Fries in Westfield. Why? First, it's so shiny and clean. Second, it matches the red and white checkered scheme of the restaurant itself. It also has a super most powerful on earth electric hand dryer which all but blows the skin off your hands. My shots of that in action didn't work out.
This is near the south side of the Plainfield Train Station. I wonder how long it's been since there was a bar there to match the sign?
I edited this shot leaving the sign as is while posterizing and making the background black and white.
North Street in Plainfield.
I messed with the colors and posterizing, leaving the Miller signs as they really are. My, isn't that the champagne of bottled beers?
Trust me ... if he hears anything, he springs to life.
In closing, I took an abbreviated video of my daily NJ Transit Train commute. Of interest to folks who follow the blog -- look for scarf lady! The ride to work (although I didn't record the last station where I get off) was Good Friday and the train was fairly deserted and kind of quiet. The clip heading to Plainfield was that evening with NJ Devils fans, tourists, and loud children. No, I didn't film them, but you can hear them. Enjoy!
How was your week?