Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On the Way to the Grocery Store

I had some minor grocery shopping to do today, and as usual I took the scenic route, which includes some nice houses, tree-shaded lanes, and Easton's Beach and the cliff Walk. Today was heavily overcast, and by the time I got home it had started to rain, so there was some gloom. But I love that kind of gloom - it makes Fall colors stand out and does cool things to the ocean and the critters who hang out around it. In any case, here are four photos that stand out from the bunch I took today.

This house is on the corner of Kay St. and Rhode Island Ave. Yes, somebody really did build a house that looks like an English castle. This is the north wing of the house, which has always reminded me of some of the residence halls at Oxford University. Must be the brick and the ivy, plus the interesting hanging turret. I keep expecting to see a scout in tweeds carrying a breakfast tray pass by on that porch, heading for the door and the waiting student within.

Next stop - Easton's Beach. It was halfway between high and low tides, so there was still a nice wide stretch of beach and lots of space for birds to hang out on. There were Laughing Gulls and their reflections to shoot again today, but there were also a bunch of Sanderlings - small Sandpipers - scurrying around ahead of the waves.

The next shot I took was of the Easton family's family cemetery, but that's for my Theme Thursday post, so you'll have to wait a couple of days to see it. Meanwhile, walking up Weaver Ave. making a beeline for the grocery store, I saw this Gray Squirrel and his glorious backdrop and just had to stop and admire.

This is why even if I actually had a car and a driver's license I'd still walk to the grocery store (or the library, or wherever); look at what I'd miss if I was tooling along in a vehicle rather than walking along!

© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. i'm with you the world is so much fuller when seen in slo mo - on foot!

    your path to the grocery store has more interesting sights than mine

    I'm always charmed by ivy covered houses but its death for the structure

  2. p.s. especially love the squirrel pic! not surprising!

  3. These are so unlike my walk to the store it's scary! :)

  4. But Megan - Nobody walks in LA! At least according to Dale Bozzio.

  5. And just when I thought the last photo of the gulls was my favourite! And that squirrel! Great motivator post...tomorrow I will walk...I think...I hope.

  6. Hmmm I'm envious. I get about 15 minutes for lunch and sit on a bench by a muddy river risking pigeon poop!

  7. Lovely!
    Your post made me think of this -

    What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    No time to stand beneath the boughs
    And stare as long as sheep or cows.

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

  8. OK once again...holy moly....you really are a professional right? I absolutely LOVE the leaves. ~Holly

  9. Man, I know I had a comment.

    I love the ivy-covered house, but I have a distinct soft spot for castle-type homes. Gorgeous!

    We don't get much autumn 'round here. It's all green because of the live oaks and pines.

  10. The birds are adorable....I love how it's in color but yet b&w :)