Note 8 and Snapseed

I mentioned the Doves doing what Doves do . . . and they done did it under my nose. Well, not literally but I was too slow in denying them a nesting spot in my gutters.

By the way, them not interested in reading what I write can go directly to . . . the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

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Needless to say, I was not happy about this eggciting news. Doves incubate for 14-16 days and the chicks fledge in 12-14 days after hatching. That means a month before I have another shot at dissuading Doves from nesting in my gutters. Luckily, the nest is in a spot that will not interfere with the operation of the gutters.

Anyway, this post is about photos I take with the Note 8. Part of being a newly-minted homeowner entails visiting furniture and other stores. We also had the chance to go to an antique store — the first one in a long while — and as many might already know, I like snapping photos of stuff. The following are a combination of photos from the antique store and photos of various decorative pieces found in furniture stores. There are also a few from places like Kohl’s and T. J. Max. Basically, if it’s interesting (to me) I snap a photo of it. 

BTW, I normally post clickable photos, but not this time. If you want to see the full-size photos, go to the SmugMug gallery. 

The above was a decorative piece found in Kohl’s . . . as was this next one. 

Don’t try to figure out my criteria for snapping photos . . . because I often don’t know myself. 

For instance, here are two versions of a photo of a leaf I saw as I was walking. 

The original is also perfectly fine but this post has a title and I’m holding to it. 

I’m often interested in faces and things that look like faces. This next headshot looked familiar but I couldn’t place from whence the familiarity originated. Probably an actor but I’m not sure. Perhaps someone will recognize the visage and fire up my memory circuit. 

It bears a passing resemblance to John Hurt but that could just be the wrinkles talking. Sadly, in looking for a photo, I found out he died. My first memory of Hurt in an acting role is Alien. I’ll say no more about it.

This next face belongs to a small ceramic figurine . . . 

There’s a different type of familiarity at play here. That looks like a person I’d want to be friends with. For all I know, the depiction incorporates a number of features from actual real-life friends and does so in subtle ways that float right below conscious thought. 

This next photo is of an interesting headshot. 

I assume the lazy eye is a deliberate choice by the artist . . . as perhaps is the case with this next photo.

At first glance, I recognize this bust . . . then I want to name it and I draw a blank. It looks a bit like Apollo, but not quite. 

It has a passing resemblance to the Statue of David, but this guy looks more pissed off.

You know how your mom would tell you to not make faces or it will freeze like that? I always thought that was a fake and empty threat . . . but I now see proof!

It’s not just other faces individuals show an interest in . . . sometimes they are enamored with their own visages. 

. . . vanity, thy name is mirror . . . 

For some reason, one can find decorative chickens . . . 

Perhaps, it’s a cookie jar meant to adorn a kitchen . . . but this was plum in the middle of a bedroom furniture display. 

Speaking of birds, I don’t know why these are made and being sold. I’m sure there’s a demand for them as there were a fair number in the box and none of them were rusted. I’m guessing they are fast-movers.

I can’t see this item selling anytime soon . . . unless an uninformed and unattached bachelor wanders in off the street. That’s just the sort of thing someone devoid of a female influence might find attractive.

And I don’t know what was up with this lot . . . 

I recognize the MiG, a Starfire, a Corsair, and — of course — the PT-Boat 109. I suppose iconic toys celebrating our current president would include various pornographic actresses with an optional lawyer figurine paying them hush money.  

This next toy wouldn’t make the grade these days as too unsafe to play with. Also, probably offensive to this or that snowflake. 

I’m sure these next offerings wouldn’t fare too well in the current culture of “hey, I got nothing better to do than be offended on behalf of someone else”.

Why, someone might even take offense of animals being unrealistically and artistically depicted . . . 

Honest, it’s much better sticking with generic stuff like cooking implements . . . 

. . . and artistic depictions of flowers . . . 

I personally like abstract (if regular) patterns as something that can seldom draw anyone’s misguided ire. 

Even whimsical renditions are (mostly) safe . . . 

This next photo is of doors on a weathered piece of furniture. 

My favorite of this lot is this . . . 

Recognize it? I mean, yes, it’s a lamp. But, do you recognize the character? Let me give you a hint . . . “death is only the beginning!” . . . at least, that’s who I think it is. 

Heres a scrollable gallery for them wanting a quick look . . .

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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15 Responses to Note 8 and Snapseed

  1. sandra getgood says:

    Nice…. I particularly liked the shy deer turning away from the artist… or perhaps admiring the view. And if the doves have a successful nesting and healthy little doves, perhaps it will bring you good luck.
    When we first moved to our house in Connecticut, we discovered a robin nesting in a window over a door to what was apparently a third entrance to the house, and is now an unused door to what I call my office, although the dogs seem to think it’s their room. It was fun watching t he baby robins hatch, and then fledge. Hope you enjoy your doves as much as I enjoyed our robins


    • disperser says:

      Hmm . . . I enjoy birds and like to watch them and I’m glad to provide a safe nesting place . . . up to a point . . . it’s all the crap that I object to, especially right at the front door. That’s from experience from their last brood that finally left not even 10 days ago. Things happen fast with Doves; they can have up to three broods during the Summer.

      . . . then again, maybe it will keep visitors away.

      I couldn’t tell if the deer was looking towards or away from the artist. It’s a neat trick with silhouettes that one can view them both ways.

      Thanks, Sandra.


  2. Some really good stuff here. I especially like the Robin glass. The Firefighter pedal car is way ahead of its time. When I was a boy Firemen were Firemen but now they are Firefighters, Actresses are Actors and in cricket Batsmen are Batters (you might have to look that up). We don’t have Coalmen delivering coal anymore but if we did they would have to be Coalpeople


  3. AnnMarie says:

    Today my attention seems to be going toward the natural world . . . it’s such a lovely Spring day here . . . therefore, your nest, leaves and flower photos rank at the top of your offerings.


  4. Surely coalmen would be coalpeople but coalman would be coalperson? Maybe it is the different way we use English?


  5. OHMYGOSH! These photos are the coolest of the cool! I love when you visit stores/shops and take photos! You always pick the most interesting things to shoot! (Disclaimer: No stuff was injured in the shooting of these photos or the writing of this blogpost.”)

    Too many that I like to list them all…
    but, I wanna’ guess on the face lamp…I say The Mummy! ???? (But then Sherlock Holmes and Final Destination movies used a similar line if I remember correctly. And that’s a big IF with my brain.)

    Did you buy the lamp?!?!

    AW, on the dove egg! Does that make you a relative?!?!
    HUGS!!! :-)


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