This week's Two Things Challenge was In the Sky/ On the Ground. I have a few groupings I thought worked well for this. I've been spending a couple of days a week out at my parent's home helping them with some home improvement projects. Fortunately, the weather has been pleasant and cool. The above photos were taken at or near my parents. The first: storm clouds as shot from Mom's and Dad's front yard. The second: landscaping at one of their neighbors. I love this house and its precise arrangement. It always looks so orderly. I especially like the Japanese maple mid-yard. I'm thinking of getting one of those for my yard.
(L) In the Sky: Graffiti in the header of the closet I was demolishing.
(R): On the Ground: The Dirty Bastard Cat playing with a bag of recycling in the office.
As mentioned above, I'm helping my parents with some renovations. Last week, one of my tasks was to demolish a closet in the guest bedroom. Years ago, this closet was a new addition to the room it's in. My brother was living at home at the time and helped with construction. This is his handwritting inside the closet, which I only noticed when I looked up. He was/is obviously a big X Files fan. The second picture is of the cat playing with a plastic bag full of recycling I had just gathered and was preparing to take out to the bin. After he fooled around with this for a bit, he then laid down on it and took a nap! Dumb cat. (Note: Don't panic. I just put the recycling in the bag. I didn't put the bag itself into the bin, only what was in it which was mostly paper.)
These last two I took a few days ago. I was up early, sitting in my office reading the news and email. When I looked up, I noticed we were about to have the most amazing sunrise. I threw a coat on over my pajamas, grabbed my camera and my keys, and dashed out the door. The first picture was taken from Fort Stevens Park. The second is in my driveway. I noticed this little pansy standing upright in the midst of elm seeds from my large and messy elm tree. I guess during the storm the previous night, it had blown from the neighbor's yard over to my driveway and landed (?) upright like this.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 5/08