Forgotten Yellow Lily

(Toledo, OH) On your left is a lily that opened today, and I have to admit I forgot I planted this flower last year. The plant is in an area heavily populated with wild orange tiger lilies, and I am a bit surprised that it is holding its own against its aggressive neighbors.

There is probably a metaphor here involving the yellow lily and perseverance, but I am not in the mood to write it.


Goldfinch Time

(Toledo, OH) I have struggled to get any decent goldfinch pictures this year, as the little rascals are so quick and jittery that they resist most attempts at getting quality images.

Even the installation of a special feeder for thistle - a favorite seed for goldfinches - has so far been a bust. I am hoping that the arrival of sunflowers will bode well for my finch-seeking photographic behavior. If not, I will have to seek them out at one of the local nature preserves.


Driftwood, or Watery Grave Marker?

(Oregon, OH) The image on your left is of a piece of storm-battered wood on the Lake Erie breakers at Maumee Bay State Park. I am not sure if it is a piece of driftwood or the remains of a wooden sign, but it struck me as portentous, almost like a faded warning of doom.

Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon ye who enter here
That sort of thing.


Ted's Hamburger Shop, Toledo

(Toledo, OH) While meeting someone for lunch in downtown Toledo the other day, I came across a boarded-up local culinary icon: Ted's Hamburger Shop. It has been years since the place closed, and even more years since I ate there, but I can still recall the odor of onions, grease, and cigarette smoke that hit you as soon as you walked inside the building on the corner of Erie and Monroe streets.

Not a healthy smell, I must admit, though there is something nostalgic about those old-time hamburger shacks. Maybe not even a friendly nostalgia, since these fat-and-cholesterol laden lipid bombs probably contained more unhealthy substances than a pack of Marlboros, but maybe this was a more innocent time.

A time when a young person could saunter into Ted's and eat three or four of these hamburgers without a care in the world.


Waiting for the Bus

(Toledo, OH) I found interesting the expression on this man's face as he waited for the bus in West Toledo today, though he turned at the last second as I snapped the shutter at a red light.

It has been quite a while since I regularly waited for a bus. When I occasionally take public transportation these days, I try to time it so I am walking up right when the bus gets there. However, as a young man I spent many hours at Detroit bus stops, waiting patiently for the ride that would eventually show up.


Dog With Head Cocked to One Side

(Toledo, OH) Pictured on your left is one of our Puggles, whose name is Eddie Haskell. In this image he is doing that funny head-cocked-to-one-side thing when I was speaking to him.

The word that caused Eddie to lean his head sideways was "Mama." There is little doubt who Eddie's favorite person is, but I at least have the consolation prize of being his second-favorite human being.