Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Morning Visitor

I happened to look out the window this morning and saw these two odd shapes sticking out on either side of one of the bars on my fire escape. At first I thought it was a piece of plastic bag that had somehow blown and got stuck there.
A few minutes later, I looked again and saw that it was a dragon fly! It was sitting so still that I didn't think it was something alive.


I've never seen one in the city before, but it sure was a nice way to start the day!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

GuestPeek: Along the Edge

My friend Okolo sent me these images.




Where edges meet something wonderful happens. . .









. . .It really just depends on how you look at it.



Thanks Okolo! :-)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

They're Back...


At the end of the driveway, behind the building, there used to be tall trees.  They must have been there for awhile, because one of them had actually grown through the fence, and a bit of the trunk is still there (within the white circle).  In the afternoon I liked the way they looked silhouetted against the sky.

Then one day, for whatever reason, they were cut down (in fact they've been cut twice) and you can see for yourself what that looks like.  At some point, I guess they'll either figure out or get around to cutting out the root, because whatever type of plant this is, it grows back quite rapidly (these two pictures were taken about a year apart). 



Until that time, I'll continue to enjoy them as much as I can.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Curb Repurposed

When I saw this little garden tucked away here, it just tickled me.
Need I say any more?!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Welcome to Permie Peeks!

Several years ago, I woke up to an incredibly loud pounding noise. I couldn't imagine what it was. It went on for a bit, then stopped, then started again. I went over to the window and looked out, but didn't see anything. Then the noise got closer! As if it was right under my window! I looked out again, but still didn't see anything. Finally, I stuck my head out of the window and saw someone breaking up the concrete by the curb. The sidewalk there had recently been redone, so I wondered what was going on. Of course, I immediately thought the worst— that my apartment building's oil tank had busted again and they needed to get to it.

A little later, as I was leaving for work, I saw my building’s super in the lobby and asked if he knew anything. He said that he had requested some trees to be planted and the city had come to break the ground for the tree pits! Well let me tell you that gave a wonderful lift to my day. When I came home that evening, two new little trees had been planted in front of my building. Now, whenever I go out, I see them and they make me smile.

And that's what this blog is about.

Whether on its own or through deliberate intervention, nature pokes it's head out in the most unexpected and delightful ways.  It's all right there in front of us if we only take a moment to appreciate it.

I plan to do just that, recording what I see with my trusty camera.

Come join me! It should be fun!

—Jill