I stumbled past this tree filled with man-made bird's nests in the 1700 block of First Street NW recently. I was quite taken aback by the creativity! They seem to made of bits of old wood, guttering, wire and nails and painted crazy patchwork style. I stood a while snapping away and then saw a little bird climbing out and up its "chimney"! I think it might have been one of those little chickadees you see around here. I know it wasn't a sparrow as I'm sure they only make their own homes of twigs. Awesome! There were at least half of dozen of these and I think most of them were in use. They look like places that it would be hard for cats or squirrels to get into. I just love it when people find new uses for discarded or leftover things and put them into creative re-use. It's just so inspiring! Now about those bits of ole wood piled up in my basement....and those half-used cans of paint...
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Wandered down First Street NW today to go vote in the DC general election and found myself focusing my camera on the guys in orange working on the water tunnel projects. I was fascinated by all the equipment they were operating and how much of the road they had dug up. These guys are doing some dangerous-looking work so I asked a friendly supervisor worker how things were going. I heard that they were pretty much on schedule and so far none of the workers have been hurt. I asked about what I was seeing and it turned out they were digging out dirty old gas pipes. I then talked to another project guy working on Adams St NW and he mentioned that he'd been with the company that dug some of the tunnels for the Metro system and he'd worked on tunnels all over the U.S. So, I'm thinking the workers on this project are experienced and seem to be doing a good job and we should be friendly and say "hi" when we can despite our feelings about the dirt, dust, noise, drillings, the road closures and detours.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
|Don Pedro Crystal|
We visited the Museum of Natural History recently. It's on Constitution Avenue North West at 10th Street NW and quite easy to find and get to. Better to get there by bus or taxi as I could see no parking whatsoever. We took a look at the Hope Diamond and all the other crystals and gems there, among other things (such as bees, butterflies, mummies, grasshoppers, cave men). Apparently these crystals and gemstones -- I learned that gems are merely cut and polished crystals! -- are worth millions of dollars, naturally, but maybe they are better off behind glass. There's stories associated with all of them but I just don't remember. I just photographed the ones that caught my attention.This museum is one of the Smithsonian museums and very interesting. There's a cafe there too, where we had a snack and some quite decent coffee.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
|Detour sign instead of tree|
|Huge concrete truck lumbers onto quite side street|
|Large sheets of metal covering up huge holes|
|Steel plates & graffited toilets & orange cones|
|Huge equipment, mysterious yellow barrels|
|giant coils of yellow plastic pipe & orange cones|
I want to also mention the increasing number of helicopter flights by police, park police, news stations and others (that I have been unable to identify their origin). Their noisy circling over all the development is adding to the nervous tension that I now feel as I try for some peace in the garden or on the deck. I'm sorry to say I just give them the one-finger salute as they disturb the rose pruning.
|Diggers and drillers and more ORANGE things|
|Oh no, another street closed!|
|Cranes looming over|
|More heavy equipment blocking quite residential street|
|Workers in orange, yellow with STOP/SLOW signs|
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
It's a lot of pink and yellow and even blue and very exciting to see everything coming out blooming again.
|Pixie Queen Irises|
|Miniature Blue Iris|
|Queen Elizabeth Roses Budding|