Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The crape myrtle should be called the 'fireworks tree.' Why so popular? The flowers (1) come in almost infinite shades of red and purple, plus white, (2) are abundant and cover the crown of the tree for maximum showiness, (3) start blooming early and go on into the fall. Plus, the leaves are small and offer no competition for attention. [2017]

Monday, July 16, 2018

Lamesa, Texas, USA

Rot, demolition, or fire must have taken out one of the storefronts in Lamesa's downtown. But, the lot has not been abandoned. Instead, it has been turned into a vest-pocket park. No matter where you are, you can always use the colors and textures of brick, wood, bloom, and history to create a space for rejuvenation. [2018]

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Coinjock, North Carolina, USA

Great Egrets are common sights in the brackish marshlands of the Carolina coast. They are usually seen wading, however, rather than perched high above it all in the branches of a recently deceased cypress tree. Perhaps, this one is scouting out the prey-worthy fish below. [2018]

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Andalusia, Alabama, USA

The World Championship Domino Tournament is in full swing today! In Andalusia, Alabama. Really? May we be skeptical? Why would a domino championship be held anywhere in Alabama? Or in any small town? Answers (or conjecture) welcome. [2017]

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hamilton, New York, USA

Ubiquitous: "existing everywhere." Is spirea Anthony Waterer ubiquitous? Absolutely! It's been a popular garden shrub at least since the 1800s. It doesn't exude modernity, but rather nostalgia. Spirea's rosiness is a great way of turning back the clock to times past. [2017]

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Stamford, Connecticut, USA

Ubiquitous: "existing everywhere." Are food trucks ubiquitous? With over 3 million of them in the U.S., the answer might be 'yes'! Is food ubiquitous? Again, the answer might be 'yes'. Never before has food been more widely available (or cheaper). Yet, 50 million Americans face some level of food insecurity. [2018]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New York, New York, USA

Are there any alternatives to 7-11? Try the food trucks that have come to dot roadsides, parking lots, and street corners around the country. Now, look at today's date and try not to succumb to a free Slurpee! [2018]