PATH 005 – Photos Around The House: Flowers and Ice Update

I write this in the waning hours of February 29th . . . but it will go out on March 1st.

This is the clean-up, the round-up, the let’s-close-out-the-February-Photos post.

First up, we have the remnants of the snow.  This is a continuation, and a requiem for the clumps of snow documented in the Ice Man Leaveth post.  These were shot six days ago as the temperatures climbed into the 50’s (Fahrenheit).  I’ll caption what I see in the pictures, but please, feel free to make up your own stuff.

Person opening an umbrella against a stiff wind
Person opening an umbrella against a stiff wind
Obviously a rabid dog
Obviously a rabid dog
A kid with bad hair trying to kiss a cat
A kid with bad hair trying to kiss a cat
. . . a tentacle reaching for an icy flame?
. . . a tentacle reaching for an icy flame?

Our brains are geared to seeing the familiar, and recognize shapes as familiar things.  The way we describe things to each other is by giving examples of familiar things.  

So, for instance, were you to meet a person, and later try to describe them to a friend, you will typically describe them as looking like someone familiar to both you and your friend, as in “She had Judy’s nose, but did not look down it like Judy does, and her hair was a bit like Alicia’s after a night of drinking, and she dressed like Susan, only the clothes fit a little better than Susan’s.  Ugly shoes, like Marcia tends to wear“.

Based on that, your friend will have a mental picture that is nothing like what you saw, because she does not see Judy, Alicia, and Susan like you do.  By the way, know that your friend probably thinks you wear too much make-up, waddle when you walk, and could stand to lose a few pounds if you really planned to wear that outfit.  

Do women really think like that?  I don’t know; I’m a guy.  Women are like bras to me.  I get the general idea, but don’t see why they have to be so complicated.  Have you ever seen one come out of the wash?  

But women do like flowers, and so do I, so there is at least something in common there.  And these flowers are persevering; now over a month old, they still look great.

What a bunch!
What a bunch!
What a different bunch!
What a different bunch!

Yes, these are the same flowers from the original PATH post about them.

Some are showing a little wear . . .
Some are showing a little wear . . .
. . . but most are still sporting their delicate beauty.
. . . but most are still sporting their delicate beauty.

And, about seven days ago I spotted two new buds on the Christmas Cactus.  Yes, they are flowering again.

These appeared rather quickly
These appeared rather quickly
Same buds a day later . . .
Same buds a day later . . .
. . . and a day after that.
. . . and a day after that.
They are visually striking . . .
They are visually striking . . .

 . . . like an explosion of pink silver.

. . . like an explosion of pink silver.

I am never happy when I try  to capture small details, but it does not keep me from trying.

I should have played with these a bit more, but was in a rush when I shot these close-ups.
I should have played with these a bit more, but was in a rush when I shot these close-ups.
A close-up of the business end of one of the flowers.
A close-up of the business end of one of the flowers.

The original two flowers are gone now, but there was a third one already blooming, and it is now in full flowering mode . . . this is what it looked like a few days ago.

The third bud working to become a flower
The third bud working to become a flower

I tried something new with this bud . . . a bit of back-lighting.  Not much, but I liked it.

Hard to pick favorites, but this ranks up there.
Hard to pick favorites, but this ranks up there.

I had 53 visitors yesterday, and only three people clicked on any of the pictures to visit the SmugMug gallery, and I know two of the people who did.  The third was probably one of them visiting it again.

Given that poor track record, I should probably not even mention this, but for future generations of viewers, I must.  The ice photos gallery is HERE (or click on the ice photos), and the flowers gallery is HERE (or click on the flower photos).

As usual, thanks for visiting and looking at my stuff.

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