It's been a rather odd week for me here this past week. At least the heat wave finally ended. Folks were complaining it was too cold one day as I was dancing around saying how much I loved it! As I get older, I'm SO not a summer person. I don't like sweating while I'm just walking or even standing!
I also had to deal with an infected spider(?) bite this week, probably two bites next to each other. I'm not sure if it happened outside or at home. I haven't seen any spiders in my apartment lately although I've had a few here and there in the past. Vincent tends to not let any bug he can get to live, brave hunter that he is. I went to a doctor after a huge bright red swatch around the bites appeared a day afterward and my foot/ankle swelled up. The bite(s) were on the back of my left ankle. So I'm now on antibiotics and I missed a few days of work. But it did feel good to have it elevated on ice. I have paid sick time, too. So, things could be worse.
Without further ado, onto the photos I took ...
|First sunflower sighting|
The sunflowers have blossomed on East Front Street in Plainfield.
I heard it first. Then I saw it -- a female downy woodpecker pecking away on a common mullein weed. (Or is it a great mullein? Some are about 12' tall!) As this is indeed a female woodpecker, there is no bright red patch on the back of her head. Bridgewater Train Station.
How could anyone desert these two fine friends?!?! That's a pink bunny in back of the dog. Both looked relatively new. Sniffle. East Front Street, Plainfield.
Blimps like Bridgewater. Until they went out of business, Saturn cars was a big one. Now it's MetLife, other insurance companies and DirectTV. GEICO flies a banner plane around.
I just kept shooting this woodpecker. I had a good vantage point for it and I so often HEAR woodpeckers, but can't get decent shots.
|Her head's a blur|
I love the Internet. I Googled woodpeckers to identify this one and then read up a bit on them. They have natural protections to keep their brains from damage as a human would have with "shaken baby syndrome" and such.
|Downstairs kitty in the window|
As his (or her) person sleeps, this kitty is often in the window as I head out the door for the train station.
|A few weeks ago, he proposed to me|
Now it looks like he's bringing balloons to a new love. I'm crestfallen. (Actually, he was pretty funny to talk to and not a dangerous guy at all. But he's definitely a bit "out there.")
My infected spider bite(s). The red was unbelievable!
|Empire State Plaza duck family|
Taken when I was up in Albany, too cute to not show a few more shots of them.
|Too cute for their feathers|
Again, taken the weekend before last. I edited this shot to leave the signs in color. Corner of 34th and 10th in Manhattan, NYC.
I also edited this one to leave just the NYPD car in color. Corner of 34th and 11th, Manhattan.
|Vincent striking a pose|
He thinks he's so adorable when he does this.