2014/07/22

old dog

Filed under: dogs,slabtown — WmX @ 07:24

old dog swimming
Sophie is my first old dog, she is 14, she endures, she enjoys cavorting in the water.

2014/07/20

day of rest

Filed under: God,signs — WmX @ 12:19

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Slabtown Road, Lancaster, Virginia

2014/07/19

Paulownia tomentosa

Filed under: environment,flora — WmX @ 09:24

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Summer in the City.

It is tolerant of pollution and it is not fussy about soil type. For this reason it functions ecologically as a pioneer plant. Its nitrogen-rich leaves provide good fodder and its roots prevent soil erosion. Eventually, Paulownia is succeeded by taller trees that shade it. It cannot thrive in the shade of other trees.
Paulownia is in honour of the Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, with tomentosa being derived from the Latin meaning ‘covered in hairs’–Wikipedia

2014/07/18

O’Hare

Filed under: signs,traffic,Urban Planning — WmX @ 15:25

treat them like idiots
Chuck Marohn has an excellent podcast on the Strong Towns
site, a conversation with Ben Hamilton-Baillie, street designer and shared space advocate.
Marohn and H-B talk street design, traffic engineering and human psychology.

Streets and their sidewalks, the main public places of a city, are its most vital organs.–Jane Jacobs
The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Chapter 2

Streets define our cities. Learn about them…

2014/07/15

Free

Filed under: dictionary,signs — WmX @ 10:42

tire in the sidewalk
Free
1. enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
2. pertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty: They were thankful to be living on free soil.
3. existing under, characterized by, or possessing civil and political liberties that are, as a rule, constitutionally guaranteed by representative government: the free nations of the world.
4. enjoying political autonomy, as a people or country not under foreign rule; independent.
5. exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one’s will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted.
6. able to do something at will; at liberty: free to choose.
7. clear of obstructions or obstacles, as a road or corridor: The highway is now free of fallen rock.
8. not occupied or in use: I’ll try to phone her again if the line is free.
9. exempt or released from something specified that controls, restrains, burdens, etc. (usually followed by from or of ): free from worry; free of taxes.
10. having immunity or being safe (usually followed by from ): free from danger.
11. provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment: free parking; a free sample.
Dictionary.com
2007 Free
2010 Free
2012 Free

2014/07/12

Charlottesville Woolen Mill

Filed under: architecture,artifact,neighborhood,weather — WmX @ 09:03

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2014/07/07

Asimina triloba

Filed under: flora — WmX @ 00:31

paw paw
Walked three miles downstream on the left bank of the Rivanna under close to continuous tree canopy, there are many paw paw trees in the understory.

2014/07/06

Rivanna railroad bridge

Filed under: riverine — WmX @ 14:35

railroad and interstate bridges
Railroad and interstate bridges east of Charlottesville, Virginia.

2014/07/05

First world problems

Filed under: culture,signs — WmX @ 18:40

no crap sign, art really

riverbend condos

not as artful

2014/07/04

birthday party

Filed under: america,culture — WmX @ 16:06


Fourth of July celebration and naturalization ceremony at Monticello earlier today.
The years I’ve attended the candidates for naturalization stand on the stairs of the nickel porch,
a grand stage from which to step into citizenship.


The only problem, the angle of the July sun during the ceremony challenges attendees.

spectators shield themselves
Looking down is easier than looking into the sun.

hat people
They make these clever things called hats.

dog with sunglasses
The event at Monticello is beautiful, it is rich with memory and promise. It is free. It is highly recommended.
Monticello, Saturday July 4, 2015?
Note to self, hat & sunglasses.

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