morris avenue choo choo



 Morris Avenue 
is a 
quaint 
cobblestone 
street
in
Birmingham, Alabama
if you walk toward
the rail yard end 
there is
this 
now 
empty 
building 
with a 
red 
train car 

I am not sure if its an engine or a caboose  

What say you Suldog?







that
 is the view 
from 
Morris Avenue

Its the 
real
 trainyard 
in 
Birmingham
love that vanishing point


waiting patiently

No 
you are not 
seeing double 
no 
there's just 
one dog here
Foxy 
she's in her favorite spot 
in the shop 
next to a 
mirror!


look
at
Foxy's
adorable
face


she is a very sweet 
Pomeranian rescue 
adopted by 
Dinah Toro
who owns 
the delightful 
 in
Mountain Brook Village
Birmingham, Alabama   

I met them both 
while visiting 
my friend, fellow blogger, lover of all things Parisian, native Alabamian and amazing photographer 
Virginia Jones
click 
here and here 
for 
her 
blogs.  

neighbors


I've shown you 
some 
of the loveliness 
of 
beautiful use 
of 
indigenous plants, trees 
to make the area 
'green'
 in more ways than color 
I showed you 
some 
of 
the

I think the buildings 
that 
abut 
The High Line 
are part of its charm 
and 
seem in some ways 
to be very artsy on their own  

As evidence of that theory 
here are some of the more interesting
to me 
sights
that 
compliment 
the 
greenery


at first glance 
I thought
 that tag read 
IDA  
ToonMan 
pointed out it says 
TDA


then there's this
its a 
window 
in a 
church 
peeking through 
those leaves


 this 
ghost sign 
for a 
bonded warehouse 
made 
me 
wonder 
what was stored there 
back in the day



topping off the old warehouse
 is an 
old 
water tower 
with 
weeds 
growing up 
around
 it

three on thursday


Had to go into the archives for this one



 three 
paper balloons 
hanging 
over the outdoor dining 'patio' of  
on West 79th and Amsterdam Avenue 
why were they there?  
Because 
the building was undergoing some renovation 
and 
had put up a 'bridge' 
(scaffolding) 
so the restaurant 
would 
look 
prettier


fe fi fo fum


Remember 
this ?



well, 
this
 is how it looks 
in 
warm weather


window boxes
ablaze 
with 
colorful plants


the 
'beanstalk'
climbs to the top of the building


but
 towards the bottom 
are not 
beans
but


Grapes!


this building 
and 
its vines 
(how come it didnt get chewed up and spit out by caterpillars?) 
is on 
West 80th 
between 
Broadway and Amsterdam




monday monologue - heat wave

Has it cooled off where you are?  
Here 
in the 
Baked Apple 
we're in for a few days 
of 
less steamy temps 
followed by another wave of heat
Did you know 
in order to be considered 
an actual 
heat wave 
temps must be over 
(mumbles to disguise forgetting a relevant piece of info) 
for 3 consecutive days 
(remembered that tho) 

We did not go out for a walk 
I went out once a day 
for as brief a time as I could 
ToonMan 
ventured out once to go 
 I forget where  
but 
I do recall 
he brought back ice cream   

I did my beautifying™ 
I did some errands
I saw the chiropractor 
for the spasm in my back 
that began on Tuesday 
and
 by Saturday seemed okay 
until I woke 
Sunday 
with it feeling like it was starting all over again
 GAH
I wonder 
if the stress 
of downloading 
installing 
and 
being flummoxed 
by Apple's Lion OS 
could have done it?  

I spoke to 
4 Apple reps 
about 
4 different 
WTF issues 
which were fairly easy to resolve  

ToonMan 
not so much  
I insisted 
he upgrade 
NOW 
he was in the midst of editing a client reel 
but he said okay 
Lion 
however 
we discovered 
no longer supports
 3 major software programs 
he uses to do his job  
He also never backs up his hard drive 
so his fix
an 
uninstall 
of
Lion 
wont happen til today 
first
he had to back up the entire HD 
then
he was to be talked through the process
 not by an Apple rep 
but an 
engineer
Apple doesnt want any casualties.

So aside from stressing over OS installs uninstalls what did we do?  
We freaked on Friday midmorning when the AC and half the apartment lost power 
turned out to be a dead surge protector 
easily fixed  

We also watched two NetFlix movies 
one on DVD 
which I loved 
really I loved it 
Matt Damon 
John Slattery 
(of Mad Men)
Emily Blunt 
its a fantasy/sci fi/romance
lots of cool special effects  

was the other film 
we streamed from NetFlix 
off the new AppleTV 
it was fun
with
Demi Moore 
David Duchovny
and 
a cast of recognizable TV actors

Even tho we didnt go walking
here are two photos
from last weekend's waterfall walk

this stream


leads to this small water fall







game over

long 
late 
afternoon shadows 
picnickers packing up 
volleyball 
exhausted 
from play rests 
on the 
dirt field 
the net 
waits 
for 
another 
day 
another 

waiting patiently

I spotted 
this guy 
with his tough studded collar 
and 
bruiser attitude 
lying in the shade 
along 
Washington Street 
under 
The High Line

HL23

I still have 
many photos 
from our recent walk 
on 
The High Line
   
One 
of 
my favorite 
buildings
adjacent to/overlooking 
the 
elevated park
is this 
one



it soars into the air


 torques, twists, twirls
(okay, so it doesn't actually twirl)
yet 
still manages
to look like a
trailer


Its really known as 
HL23
to read 
about
 it

three on thursday


Central Park at West 91st Street
featuring 
hippopotamussessssss
no, silly,
its not where hippos play
its where kids play
on, among, with

these fabulous hippos

monday monologue: waterfall hunting

Ok
 sunblock - check  
comfy shoes - check 
camera - check 
ToonMan - check 

Have you all had your morning java or tea?  
And have you gone to the loo?  

The sounds of rushing water water falling can have its effect

Here we go

Because we're us 
(okay because I am me) 
we took a cab up to 100th Street and Central Park West 
armed with directions 
printed from the Central Park website 
(and as back-up a nifty Central Park app for the iPhone) 
ToonMan led the way with me saying 
shouldnt we be walking in this (the opposite) direction 
(yes, Lauren, I know I tend to get turned around)

But 
as we walked 
I could hear the 
water 


While I was snapping away 
ToonMan 
continued to walk 
following the printed directions 
toward this little bridge


Looking 
down 


and 
across


  we could see this


We kept walking 


through the overpass


across another bridge
to find this


We kept walking following the water


to this


this robin 
actually 
waited as I got the camera ready


it was almost 3 pm 
when we headed back 
out of what the directions said 
were 
the North Woods
I had no idea there were North Woods in the Park
the light was kind of magical


no long post, 
dear patient reader, 
would be complete 
without the money shot

this single orange beauty
some sort of lily

** no signatures, too lazy.  but all photos embiggen with a click


waterfall teaser


Near the Pool 
in 
Central Park 
at approximately West 100th Street 
there are 
two 
waterfalls

there are actually 
more 
but 
you'll have to wait til Monday
 for those  

This is as 
they say in chef lingo
 an 
amuse-bouche 
an appetite whetter 
a tease 
a come on back 
y'all

waiting patiently


Down 
by the river side 
under a lovely willow tree 
a lounging couple 
and 
pretty
beagle 

lets walk

I am going to take you 
down along 
Riverside Park South 
again today 
to where we walked this past Sunday 
but
first I need to share this shot



On our way down 
we passed 
this biker headed 
back up

 I told ToonMan 
he could 
NOT 
have a bike outfit like 
that no matter how hard 
he begs  
He was disappointed


We headed down to Linda's Lawn 


There are a lot of sculptures/statues 
on loan from 
you can click to learn more about the installation 
I am only going to show you 
some of my favorites


  








and 
then there's 
the 
railroad car



no walk or blog post 
is complete 
without the 
money shot 
or in this instance
shots