Saturday, March 18, 2017

SNOW STORM - MID-MARCH - VERMONT






Here in Vermont we usually have one last storm in March.  This year's was part of a gigantic storm which covered a good portion of this country.  Where I was it snowed for a day and a half. We had 18" or 45 cm of snow.  A good amount but other places had a lot more. I took a photos, many from inside looking out at my friend's bird feeder.









                                          Look closely. How many different birds do you see?
                                          A red male cardinal, a female cardinal, 2 juncos and
                                          2 goldfinches sitting on the feeder. Click on photo
                                          to enlarge.



                                
                                                                      Male Cardinal




Female Cardinal





                                                                         Juncos





                                                Wow, that was a strong gust of wind.






Saturday, March 11, 2017

ALMOST MID-MARCH IN VERMONT WITH BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES





Almost mid March and it's still below freezing and last night we had 5" of snow. Also it was very very windy and I didn't want to know the temperature with the wind chill factor included. Instead of my walk I took my cameras, got in my car and drove around. I stopped and took photos of places that caught my interest. I drove on secondary roads as our part of Vermont has very few roads with shoulders to pull off onto and safely take photos. Secondary roads don't have a lot of traffic so I figured I could pull 1/2 off the road on areas where cars could see me and put on the car's blinkers. As the few cars I encountered approached I held up my camera and waved.  All slowed downed and waved back to me as they past. Click on photos for larger look.

 
                                          Graffiti on a cement under pass on the Poultney
                                          River. Population 3500.






                                                 Summer only food stand in Benson, Vt.
                                                 Population 1000.




                                                                Buxton's Store, Orwell
                                                                Population 1250. Best
                                                                meat ever. All who
                                                                enter are welcome.





                                          Maple Syrup next door to Buxton's. The local bank
                                          has successfully been in business since 1832.
                                          Their conservative lending practices are often
                                          featured in the Wall Street Journal and NYT.





                                          Larrabees Point Cable Ferry to Fort Ticonceroga
                                          in New York State closed for the winter.





                                                  Collapsed roof of summer cottage at
                                                  Larrabees Point.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

END OF DECEMBER SNOW STORM - VERMONT






Last year here in the part of Vermont where we live we had almost no snow. A bit here and there that could be brushed off our steps, driveway and sidewalk with a broom.  Lame, lame, lame for those of us who look forward to winter weather. And, yes, complaining about the weather is also a favorite pastime. Though complaining about last year's lack of snow was depressing. This past two weeks winter, real winter, with snow and ice and freezing rain, has returned. Hooray for snow.....ice and freezing rain no, but they are part of winter weather.  Below are some photos of winter.  Click on them to enlarge them.














































Friday, December 16, 2016

JAPAN - TOKYO - HOUSING STYLES IN ONE SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD AND AN EGGPLANT






My daughter lives in a section of Tokyo that is a mix of old and new housing. I love to take photos in her neighborhood as I never know what styles of houses are around the next corner.  The physical area isn't very big and living quarters are close together both sideways and upwards.  However there are still older traditional Japanese homes that have yards with greenery. Usually lived in by older people. However since I first visited eight years ago the number has decreased. I was told that inheritance taxes are very very high so these homes are sold to developers who subdivide the properties.

A few years ago I attended a lecture on Architecture Behaviorology given by the Japanese architect, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, founder of Atelier Bow-Wow. One topic he discussed was the evolution of homes in Tokyo from the 1920's to the present day. First generation home owners didn't own cars so their detached traditional Japanese style homes had yards with greenery. By the third generation developers had entered the picture. The gardens had disappeared and the shapes of the properties had changed. On my recent visit I thought about Tsukamoto's lecture as I walked around my daughter's neighborhood.





The above photo is of third generation homes. The three story houses are build on long narrow plots, very close together. Notice the garages on ground level which aren't deep enough for the cars to fit in all the way.  Tsukamoto used phrases like "losing the generosity of house",  "disappointing house" to describe these single family homes which I felt given the high cost of land, etc in Tokyo wasn't quite fair. Many had pots of plants and flowers decorating the fronts of the homes. On my first few visits there was what I considered a not too large vacant lot where these houses are now.







                                        An older concrete home of a very elderly woman.   






                                          An older home surrounded by lots of greenery.                                






                                         Apartments across the street from an older home.






                                                A second hand bookstore on a side street.






   A first generation home still with some greenery in their yard.  Notice the apartments
   very close on all sides. Interesting too that some of these older homes survived the bombings
   during World War II.
                                        






                  A high rise apartment building overlooks a newer traditional Japanese style house.




    The concrete in front of this corner house always has lots of plants. Every fall I visit one or
    sometimes two eggplants are still on the vine. I always stop and take a few photos. The next
    day when I walk by the eggplants are gone. I wonder if the older man who lives here sees a
    foreigner taking photos of his last eggplants and thinks, "I'd better pick them before she 
    comes back!".

Friday, December 9, 2016

JAPAN - TOKYO 'SLICE OF LIFE' PHOTOS - NOVEMBER 2016 - PART 2



More photos of every day life in Tokyo.






                                   I'd never seen a vending machine being restocked.







                                            Ubiquitous Neighborhood Vending Machine.



                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                     Truck for Botanical Fuga.






                                                              Side street parking.






                                            Neighborhood trash day.  Gone by evening.




                                        

                                                     Sign near Elementary School.



            

                                  Empty plastic produce crates behind Olympic Food Market.


                                  

Monday, November 28, 2016

JAPAN - TOKYO 'SLICE OF LIFE' PHOTOS - NOVEMBER 2016 - PART 1





My younger daughter has lived in Tokyo, Japan, for several years and now my visits are very low key in terms of not running around visiting famous sites.  I spent the first week of my recent visit taking "slice of life" photos.  Below are some local photos.


                                          Local main street in Kita-Shinjuku, Tokyo




                                    Boss Vending Machines being to delivered to local area.




                                                 Sunny day. Time to air family futons.




                                 School girl holding bag strap in her mouth on a rainy day.




                                 Greasers at Yoyogi Park in Harajuku on a Sunday afternoon.




                                          Rock'n out. Notice the extensions on shoes.













Friday, October 21, 2016

VERMONT FALL COLORS - UNUSUAL THIS YEAR






Was it the lack of a real winter this past year with almost no snow, or too little rain or the light or the warmer temperatures that made some of this years colors unusual, almost pastel. ???  Below are some photos I took. Another day I'll put up some traditional looking fall colors.