The big happening this week is that I received my new (used) DSLR! It's not top of the line or anything, but I don't really have a thousand or two laying around to pay for a camera. I'm still in the process of learning how to use it. And, thanks to an Amazon gift card from my brother and his wife, I've ordered a camera case, spare batteries, cheap macro extension tubes (gotta have 'em for my summer bug pics!), an inexpensive wide angle lens, etc. This is going to be fun! One drawback ... it's definitely not like sticking my old point and shoot in my pocket.
With both my knee and the weather faring well, I walked around town for a couple of hours on Friday. I had the day off as my New Year's holiday although I actually had New Year's Day as my paid holiday. Since that was a Sunday and it was a four day work week, Friday ended up being my other day off.
Well, I ended up off Saturday, too. But that wasn't scheduled. I don't know if it's some chicken I ate while I was out photo stomping on Friday or a stomach bug. Whatever it is/was, it hit me hard on Saturday. I'm feeling a bit better now. That said, I'm still in awe that I walked all over downtown and back and my knee didn't hurt, not even the next day!
The weather here continues to be bizarre, to say the least. We had a frigid cold (normal) period for a few days. Then on Friday and Saturday, the temperatures were over 60 again. While I don't want the snows of last year, I think we need some kind of winter. It makes for boring photos when everything is just dead! At least snow gives me fresh fodder. I suppose we're not going to escape the elements for the whole winter.
Enough blather, onto the photos!
This was the first photo I took with my DSLR. I took it at lunch during my workday on Thursday. I had the camera shipped to my workplace as I hate playing package delivery tag at home. I also worry that the post office might actually LEAVE a package when I'm not home. That would be an EEK!
Anyway, a whole group of seagulls were hovering in the wind as if I was going to give them food. I had nothing to give them. He's looking at me! Eek!
|Lost holiday cheer|
|Fix those lamps!|
|Seagull in flight|
|Squirrel in flight|
|No snow makes for a happy goose|
Some of the Canada geese remained last year despite the heavy snow cover. I bet they're happier this season so far. The geese have returned to the "field of geese" in now what I know is the pollution-laden toxic superfund site near the Bridgewater Train Station. In the evenings as I leave work, I can hear the ducks quacking in the pond at the back of the field. I'm still not seeing the rabbits, groundhogs or chipmunks who populated the area before the Irene flooding.
|Still standing, still guarded|
Okay, all of us local folks know that the city moved too swiftly on the demolition of an historic building on North Avenue last year. But this is such a waste of money. Contractors have bids in. Take it down! We're spending a small fortune on police guarding the fire scene. More bricks seem to have fallen from the top of the structure. The roof is all but gone. Local businesses and traffic are being affected with the block shut down to traffic. And, I have enough photos.
|Open door policy at City Hall?|
Yeah, right. I know some of the folks in local government are fine upstanding folks. But don't get me going on the Mayor! This photo will start the watch to when the wreaths end up being removed. If memory serves, it was almost springtime last year. I'm a bit dismayed at the rust discoloring on the steps. In the past few years, they rehabbed City Hall and that's a bit of an eyesore.
|I met a horse, er ... dog|
I talked to this dog from across the street. He was HUGE. I believe, although dogs aren't my area of expertise, he's some kind of Great Dane mix. He pretty much ignored me, showing much more interest in a man passing by on the corner. Either training or prejudiced against men, maybe. This was at the corner of East Sixth Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
|Squirrel on his post|
Oh my, it looks like they need to power wash that siding! East Front Street, Plainfield.
|Police phone for public use|
|Goosed, oh deer!|
Even though the holiday season is over, many lawns in town are still adorned for the holidays. This year they can't use the excuse that the snow is too deep to go out to remove them! East Front Street, Plainfield.
Here I am having fun with the photo editing software! Wheeeeee!
This is the old Miron warehouse. It was going to be luxury condos, then was abandoned funding-wise (I think), sat around and got condemned. Then someone else took over with the idea of making it into apartments. They got as far as installing new windows and now the progress has been idle for months on end. The building itself looks unstable in parts and I think parts of the roof are still down. But, hey ... it's got new expensive windows! East Second Street, Plainfield.
|Buen pollo frito Chinese style|
Since ALL of the Chinese restaurants now also cater to Spanish speaking patrons, I can only guess how many Spanish misspellings or just wrong phrases are on the menus. I've never seen them do the English perfectly! I've passed by this one often enough as it's but a short walk away from me, but I've never bought food there. While they do have a couple of tables, it's mainly take out service. If I'm going to have Chinese take out, I want it delivered! I'm spoiled like that. East Front Street, Plainfield.
|Remnants of Christmas|
The site of the other pre-Christmas fire, the 4th Street Portuguese B.B.Q. building, still adorned with a burnt holiday wreath. As I was shooting the building, I noticed the fully decorated Christmas tree on the fire escape of the nearby building and shot this to include both. I don't know. It's poignant ... or something. East Fourth Street, Plainfield.
|Golden oro gold|
|A break at Everybody's|
This man is actually selling something from that cart you see. I was across the street, so I can't tell you exactly what he was selling. Not drugs ... a good thing. It looked like some kind of baked goods. People were coming up to him and he was bagging whatever it is. Probably as illegal as heck, but people seemed to be seeking him out. Perhaps it's like the free bread guy who sets up Saturday morning on Church Street giving away baked goods. Well, except this one seemed to be taking money. Oh, well. Everybody's itself is a whole 'nuther story. I like their selection of ginger beer! East Front Street, Plainfield.
|A comfy Vincent|
Vincent was very pleased that I spent most of Saturday in bed. I think that's his favorite place to be with me. If I go to bed and he's not there, it's less than a minute before he joins me. Sure, he pretty much has to be wherever I am in the apartment, but the bed is the most cozy!
How was your week?