I have no idea what these things are called! They’re too small for cattails, they’re too heady for grass, but they’re all over the place in the summer! And they make a pretty photo. That’s what REALLY matters.
January 24, 2012
August 11, 2008
Another unidentified flower! I really don’t know my wildflowers, do I?
Edit: Careful reader USelaine has identified it as a Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower. Thanks!
(Found in Thompson Park, Lincroft, NJ)
August 8, 2008
August 3, 2008
This, I believe, is a meadow vetchling. But why it only has two blossoms, one of which is a sickly orange, is beyond me.
July 23, 2008
July 21, 2008
I know they’re trite and overdone and cliched and everything else, but our sunflowers bloomed today, and despite their prevalence in pop culture, sunflowers are STILL pretty darn cool.
(And a side note, for those interested in Monmouth County, NJ: here, sunflowers are not weeds as they are in the midwest. If you see a sunflower in NJ, chances are pretty good that someone went to the trouble of actually planting it.)
July 10, 2008
This description is TOTALLY unrelated to the photo. But so it goes.
Sometimes, it’s good to know that other peoples’ photographic etiquette is as bad as my own.
Before the Ocean Grove Summer Band concert last night (every Wednesday in the summer, 8:00PM–if you’re a musician, show up at the Pavillion on the boardwalk at 7:30PM Monday for a rehearsal–no auditions or registration needed), I was warming up outside. I usually stand at the edge of the boardwalk and blow some notes out to sea for ~10 minutes, trying to ignore the people walking behind me and staring. Last night, I heard a click directly behind me, so I turned to look. Someone was taking my picture!
I blinked at the person a few times, and I went back to warming up. For as many times as I’ve tried to get candid photos of strangers, I figured, y’know, what the heck–I’ll cut this guy a break. I did think that maybe, after we’d MADE EYE CONTACT and I was clearly aware that he was invading my personal space (within the 3-foot radius!), he might introduce himself or say SOMETHING to me, but… no. I heard a few more clicks before he disappeared as silently as he’d arrived.
So if you see a photo of a trombone player looking out to sea… with really messed-up hair (damn those sea breezes)… you’ll know what you’re looking at.
May 20, 2008
Did you ever lean back in your seat at school and look at the ceiling… and wonder what it would be like if lights were on the floor and desks were stuck to the ceiling? I used to imagine walking on particleboard (being careful not to step on the long fluorescent lights) while wondering if the glue that secured the furniture to the ceiling was actually strong enough. I thought it would be neat to decorate a room like that–or at least make a walk-through art installation of it.
When I look at this photo, I see some sort of otherworldly scenario, with waist-high anemones sprouting from the floor, and an undulating cave of light formed by some incredible natural phenomenon. What do you see?