Today’s Walking Photo: Okay everybody, according to Walking Photos tradition I’m posting a self-portrait on my birthday. [See all previous birthday selfies here!] Full disclosure – my actual birthday is actually tomorrow, but I typically don’t walk on Saturday and Sunday so I thought I’d better do this today. And omigosh, do you see the sunshine I lucked out with?! Sorry I’m not smiling here, but the shots in which I was smiling looked über-goofy. Happy birthday to me, and happy walking to you. (You are walking, aren’t you?)
P.S. – Yes, I lugged a mini-tripod around with me on today’s walk. Why? Because you’re worth it, you beautiful people.
Today’s Walking Photo: Last night’s heavy wind and rain meant that this bloom didn’t make it into spring. It’s still pretty, though.
Today’s Walking Photo: Sorry, pal – everybody here already has one of these.
Today’s Walking Photo: Yes, bogus “yellow pages” knockoff directory publisher, please definitely keep dropping your unsolicited crap in my neighborhood every year! I mean, you can see how popular your books are, right? It’s been more than a week since you favored us with your invaluable tomes, and everywhere I go the landscape is still dotted with these yellow bags. Thanks bunches!
Today’s Walking Photo: Hey, I found the mate to the left shoe from last Thursday’s photo! This right shoe was about a quarter-mile away from where I shot the left one, and the slightly weird thing is that I’m certain it was not in this spot the last time I walked past it. I was thinking I should have some sort of tearful reunification ceremony – but then when I got to the place where I photographed the left shoe, it was nowhere to be seen! [cue dramatic music]
No idea if there’s any significance to the cigarette butt.
Today’s Walking Photo: Whenever I get adventurous and stray from my usual walking route even just a little bit, it almost always pays off. Say hello to my large ostrich friend. The windblown twig lodged in the head lends a nice antlerish species-mashup effect.
Today’s Walking Photo: Trust me – this isn’t nearly as dire as it might look.
Just another lost object. And its mate was nowhere in sight.
Today’s Walking Photo: Place this upright and put some flowers in it, and it’s a cheerful decorative accent. But empty it out, get it a little dirty and lay it on its side and suddenly it’s the saddest thing ever.
Is it just me?
Today’s Walking Photo: You know, at times it feels like we’ve really come so far as a people, but then you’re hit between the eyes with something like this – a stark reminder that for some reason we still categorize and marginalize people according to shape. When will it end? When can we all just dance together – square, round, pear, isosceles triangle…rhombus? I await that day, my friends. I await that day.
[Click the image twice for a larger version if you’re not sure what I’m on about.]
Today’s Walking Photo: Well, it was a pretty lackluster walk – untill I happened across this little tableau. Yep, that’s a Subaru Outback with its rear window completely smashed in along with its left rear side window. Someone put some serious effort into obliterating the windshield too, but it somehow resisted shattering completely. The car assailant apparently wasn’t fond of the recycling bin either. [Click the image twice for a larger version with more glass breakage detail…]
Upon seeing this I wasn’t sure how recently it had happened, and in my overactive imagination I wondered if I’d stumbled onto a fresh crime scene. Now, I realize that the appropriate horror movie response would’ve been to walk right over there and knock on the front door of the house, which would of course have been ajar so that I would have to push it all the way open and meet my inevitable doom. Instead, however, I kept walking but called the Portland Police non-emergency line to let them know what I’d seen and ask if they wanted to come have a look.
As it turns out, the police had already paid a visit to this residence at 1:00 AM today to deal with “a pretty big fight,” I was told. I was also informed that one person had been arrested. According to the very pleasant and rather talkative person on the police line, the cops had made a few visits prior to last night’s over the last few weeks.
I walk past so many houses like this every single day, and of course I don’t have a clue what’s going on inside any of them. Apparently something was brewing here.