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Critters artwork

Sunrise birds

Love this tile mural of the birds wheeling at sunrise/set (I’m betting rise).

We voted early today. The wait was maybe 40 minutes. Good turnout, I say. Slow-moving line—many referenda (five state-wides, two city, two county—I think) with long reads if voters hadn’t done their homework before arriving.

Pirate book return

Since we vote in the community room in the back of the library, of course we made a stop in the book-book area. I hadn’t noticed the low kid-return slot before, and I certainly don’t remember seeing the one-eyed-pirate decoration.

Pretty please

Cycadic centrality

When you find a cycad seasonally decorated by falling leaves, you know…something…perhaps that the seasons turn? the cycad is not in its natural habitat? that more research is needed? Ahhhhhh….

For the record, I make these comments without reverence (or reference) to the fact that officials/decision-makers delayed the start of the MichSt–Mich foooootbl game because of white-stuff*. That’s an official weather category: white-stuff. I want it to go into remission for a couple of weeks. Please.

* Possibly, the reported “white-stuff” might have been rain? I comment from hundreds of miles distant….

Three pairs

Hallowed puppets

I liked this pair; I hope they were handmade by residents of the house, but maybe they were just strung up locally, yet crafted in a distant place. If the latter, just what did the makers think of these odd “dolls.”

Midnight bewigged

At this house, the residents frequently decorate their “Midnight in the Garden…” statue (copy) for an upcoming holiday. The skull trays are a new one on me; I’ll pass on that appetizer!

With a small bout of finger-mixing while typing that title I realized for the first time that Paris and pairs are anagrams. Just trying to catch up with youall who I’m sure are way ahead of me, folks.

Relief

Asiatic dayflower

I usually think of this dayflower as having three blue petals, then have to remind myself that truly it only has two. Still: great color.

Tagetes marigold

The pointy leaved marigolds, like this, are Tagetes species, and more common here in the former colony; in the European world, I believe Calendula types are more common.

If you aren’t a plant person, my apologies; I’m avoiding current events in general, and other unpleasant news.

Halloween flamingoes

Black flamingoes

I guess once you have shelves of flamingo molds, you just get some black plastic melties and, presto, time to market black flamingoes…Halloween’s latest scary critter!

Spider flag decorations

And, if you’re very patriotic, include a flag in your Halloween yard decorations! Huzzah and yay, Estados Unidos de América!

Puppets and plants

Shadow puppets

Sometimes, when you have out-of-town visitors, you do things in your hometown that you should do, and haven’t. Center for Puppetry Arts.

ABG Earth Goddess

At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, however, we’re members.

ABG Datura

And this is a Datura spp. seedpod, your plant photo for today. I have clear images of the flowers in my mind’s eye, but never retained a sense of the distinctive seedpods.

Oh, my

Silver fish

Silvery fish. Sooooo gorgeous. [We didn’t buy/eat.]

Mystery machine

Mystery machine. Vanilla flavor, we read on the packaging. [We didn’t buy/eat.]

What we did eat, at another location—mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Did I say (write) mmmmmmmmm? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

You shop; I’ll walk

HD water

The Hubby had some man-shopping to do at the HumDepoh, so I took advantage of their AC and wide aisles to get some rain-free steps in. Win-win!

For a few moments, I went through the garden center (outdoors! can’t do that at IKEA!), and in the back I looked up and saw a huge water tank, filled from rainfall piped down from the roof! Great corporate decision to use that precious liquid that otherwise would go directly in the sewers on the garden center plants. [Well, then some of it goes in the sewers, but not all.]

I suspect that tank is full. We’re getting good rain from outer bands of Michael, and have been off and on for a while. Fortunately for us, the worst weather will be south of us. Whew!

I wonder…

Fish fresh

Been watching the Michael wind-up with concern for loved ones south of us. What is the experience of marine fish in the middle of the ocean when a hurricane goes overhead? Do their little piscine hearts go pitter patter?

Close to home

Spider web droplets

Spider web art with large water droplets. Contrast with yesterday’s.

Shower sunset view

Sunset view from our shower. A geometric view.

Apologies for the InstaGraham-style post….