[OT from cottage renovations]
in trying to come up with at least one usable image per day I've been trying to take fewer (and with any luck, if not skill, better) pictures.
some days don't go according to plan; yesterday was one of them.
by the time I knocked off last night I had uploaded 13 out of what turned out to be 26 images.
here are the rest of them.
(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)
Jackson Park / Woodward Park
over time our playgrounds have been losing their sturdy galvanised slides and swings in favour of trendy plastic crap in the form of oversize gerbil mazes.
no doubt in the name of progress they'll eventually get the rest hauled off for scrap though it's interesting to note that two iterations of the modern stuff are already fading and otherwise not holding up whereas the older stuff looks like it's good more or less forever.
it also makes interesting compositions, framing double reflections of bare branch against grey sky.
the ginkgos are budding and it looks completely alien, in a slightly creepy sort of way.
it's easy to get carried away when the Spiraea comes into bloom.
these blossoms are tiny.
smaller than a quarter, than a quid, than a nickle or a penny or a dime.
about the size of a sequin, or of a sprug (a lilliputian coin mentioned in T.H. White's Mistress Masham's Repose).
you can find this tree blooming off Maple Avenue in what's either Woodward Park or the East Woods, I know where it is but can't readily categorise its location.
but with blossoms like these who cares about such a minor detail?
Maple is one of the Circle cats, seen here perched on a stump in Knott Park.
she's not the most approachable kitty in the Grove, but a long lens can compensate for her natural feline haughtiness.