Sunday, May 06, 2012

Off Topic - That Was the Week It Was - May 6, 2012

Yes indeed. Yes, it is Sunday morning and time for my weekly off television topic reflection on the week gone by in both words and photographs I've taken. On a television note -- remember, tonight is the two-hour season finale of The Amazing Race -- stop by the blog for the big party. (I so want Brenchel to be last!)

Let's see ... what happened this week? Well, it rained quite a bit. They claim that we're still in danger of a drought, though. For some reason, we've been having early morning thunderstorms this past week. Lucky me, I got drenched Friday morning going into work. I had my umbrella, but I should have worn a rubber suit!

Last night was the "super moon." It's a full moon and closest it gets to us in orbit. It sounds like a perfect photo op, but the clouds were obscuring it when I looked. And, once I had my pj's on, that was it. I wasn't going to go out again.

On both the work and home fronts, not much to share. I worked a lot, didn't sleep enough yet ate quite well. I have no drama to report. Nor did I mysteriously or miraculously receive a million dollars. I was hoping for the latter, but it never seems to happen. 

Onto the photos. Since they're on Photobucket, clicking on an image will open a new page, clicking again will open a larger view, then closing that page will land you back here.
Handicapped bird roost?

Handicapped bird roost?

This one-legged sparrow seems to be fending for himself just fine in Bridgewater, NJ.

'tis purple and puffy
Purplish and poufy

Someone told me what these flowers were once, but I've forgotten. In the words of Dan Quayle, "A mind is a terrible thing to lose." Berckman Street, Plainfield.

Colorful flowers
An explosion of spring!

Here's "purplish and poufy" in their native habitat with pink azaleas.


Pink azalea
Azalea fever

Pinker azalea
Nature's magic

Red azalea
Red Azalea

White azalea
A sea of white azaleas

Rainy day azalea
Rainy day azaleas

Starting to pass
Starting to pass

The azalea photos were taken in both Plainfield and Bridgewater. Some of the bushes are starting to deflower and pass while others are just coming to life. I always find the metallic-looking ends of the anthers (if memory serves, that's what they are) really fascinating.

Fruit salad
Fruit salad

On my day off, I made a humongous fruit salad with honeydew melon, cantaloupe and strawberries. I've decided I like Target strawberries more than the Peapod (grocery delivery) strawberries. No more Peapod strawberries for me!

I see dead people (one)
I see dead people (one)

Raritan Valley Line of the NJ Transit. Hey, if you sleep on the train, you're fair game for a photo!

I see dead people (two)
I see dead people (two)

Same seat, different day. Maybe it's the seat. Or maybe it's a hex for being a single person taking up a four-seater. Their are only four four-seaters on each level of each car of the train.


I always find them stunning. East Front Street, Plainfield.

Destructive beetle
Beetle on a leaf

I'm sure he's destructive. But he was kind enough to pose for me in Bridgewater.

Crazy ant
Crazy ant

When I first noticed this, I thought it was an ant with markings running along a twig. After I shot it, this is what I got. Huh? Is he carrying another ant? I don't know. He scurried away before I could get a second shot. Bridgewater.

Defying gravity

While waiting for the train in Bridgewater, this inch worm kept me amused. He was quite the contortionist!

Streetlamp on drugs

Yes, I had fun with editing this one.

Vincent on his chair
Vincent resting on his chair

Vincent loves his own chair. I had to cover it with an old bedspread to minimize the cat fur left behind. It's easier to get the fur off the rather slick-surfaced cheap bedspread than the fabric on the chair. I remember the day I went to New York City Animal Care and Control. I had no plan to adopt a white cat. Most of my life is dark! But he's like a ray of sunshine ... shedding sunshine, but sunshine nonethelss.

How was your week?


Jean Floyd said...

I think the "puffy" ones are allium. Beautiful flower shots, as always.

Cathy said...

WONDERFUL photos! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Jackie! The pictures of the flowers are beautiful, bright and brilliant!!

So glad Vincent is the light in your dark life!! LOL

Donna in Alabama
(could not get in my blogger account tonight)