Warning Sign

One exciting distraction in June 2020 was a 250 pound bear in my driveway. The neighbor had alerted me, warning me not to go out into my yard. Maybe you saw the post

On Wednesday, when I was filling my gas tank in Connecticut, this sign caught me eye. There were more warning signs on the fence around the dumpster out back.

Fortunately there were no bears to be seen as I got gas.

Here, There and Everywhere

You know I’ll drive around the block to photograph an abandoned couch or chair.

A toilet or two. More images for the collection.

These two pieces of furniture were found in a single day as I was driving through Connecticut on Wednesday September 29th. .

You can find them almost anywhere.
Blog follower Stef says, you’d be fined if you put out a couch on the curb in Minnesota.
Can you find the couch?
And here’s one from the archives photographed in Berlin Germany 2019

Whizzing By a Yard Full of Lights Near Galion Ohio

Just south of  Galion Ohio.  We were on our way back from Thanksgiving at the Farm.

I was the passenger with my camera at the ready.  James was able to tell me when we were getting close.

Although Laura slowed down, she couldn’t stop.

Not really possible to get a good night photo while driving by this front yard filled with colorful

Christmas lights.

Want to see a better photo of the display? here is a good one in this article in the Galion Inquirer

Nowhere to stop or drive around a block. It was a two lane highway/road.  I pressed the shutter as fast as I could.

You get the idea and can appreciate all the effort this family went to decorating.  WOW. Turns out they have been doing this for twenty years. After reading the article I see they welcome people to drive in through the lighted arches and turn around in front of their garage.  We didn’t realize it at the time we whizzed by.  Maybe there will be another opportunity.

It was something to see, even if the lights went by in a flash. Like an unresolved three D image.

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Two Roads Diverged in a Green Wood

We were on our way to a First Communion Party a week ago and my Daughter- in-Law was driving. When we saw the two branches of road in front of us, The Road Not Taken, the poem by Robert Frost, came to mind. Yes, these woods are a new Spring green, not a yellow wood, but poetic/blogging license?
When I went to find the actual poem I found this interesting Paris Review article by David Orr*.  Here’s a quote from his article, The Most Misread Poem in America (click here )
Go to the article and read about a 2008 New Zealand Ford Co Car Commercial which uses the poem without even giving credit to Robert Frost! If you want to consider the variances in interpretation of Frost’s poem you will find the article enlightening.
“Given the pervasiveness of Frost’s lines, it should come as no surprise that the popularity of “The Road Not Taken” appears to exceed that of every other major twentieth-century American poem, including those often considered more central to the modern (and modernist) era.”   
 Author Orr listed the GOOGLE stats of searches to prove it!  Who knew this particular was so popular?
Parts of verses still stick in my mind and when I saw this scene in the woods, they came right up. When I was in grade school, we had to memorize a poem a week and recite it from memory.
    The Road Not Taken 
                                                   by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(By the way, we took the right of the fork)
*from the article
David Orr is the poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is the winner of the Nona Balakian Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, and his writing has appeared in The New YorkerPoetrySlate, and The Yale Review.
 

A Bunch of Bananas Along the Road

Yes, an unexpected bunch of bananas. We were driving down to the swim meet to watch Jack and Maura and my grandson Michael spotted a bunch of bananas in the grass. I said “quick, take a picture of them” and he did.

So Michael is the guest blogger today with the bunch of bananas he spotted and captured with the phone.

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