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Things Found on the Ground
09 May 2007 @ 05:19 pm
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Practically every day I'm thankful the children next door are not more careful with their crap. But I have to admit, I cheated. This turtle was originally on its back, little insert-air-here hole pointing up for all the world to see.
This morning I caved, agreeing to only flip it over, nothing more. And this is the result. Note how looking at it from behind evokes thoughts of great and possibly dark journeys ahead.

(what's next to said turtle is a wild, green cherry, now shriveled after a few days of 90+ weather.)
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Things Found on the Ground
08 May 2007 @ 03:03 pm
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Found this on the way back to the car at Stockton's Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday (yeah, May 6th.) Anyway, it got me thinking about hippos, the only answer I can come up with when someone asks me what animal I would be.

What's cool about hippos is the incongruity between what we think of them and what they are. Less are they the marshmallow-toothed grinners than betusked behemoths bent on destroying everything in their paths.

That rocks.


Hippo

The hippo is a visual joke,
inflated like a rubber bed,
whose little bulging features poke
out of a yawning head.

Her jaws are built to match her girth,
with palate ribbed for emphasis.
Full-fed, she flops upon the earth
and smiles with rosy bliss.

But when she launches from the verge
to swim with curved aquatic grace,
those nostrils, eyes and ears emerge
above a hidden face--

and as by underwater bulk
you're comprehensively surveyed...
is hippo an ungainly hulk?
Or marvelously made?

-Margaret Toms
 
 
Things Found on the Ground
01 May 2007 @ 04:35 pm
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I'm not sure who would bite a cupcake in the wrapper then place it upright on the ground, but thanks to them for this photo opp. My first inclination is to admire the closeup, but then panning out reveals the true lonely cosmonautic nature of this particular foodstuff.
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Things Found on the Ground
01 May 2007 @ 04:28 pm
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So I'd been interested in this rubberband on the driveway of my apartment building for a while, but couldn't find any spectacular way to present it. Then one day after work, there it was, in the middle of a reflection of the setting sun bouncing off a lightbulb cover. Et voila!
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Things Found on the Ground
01 May 2007 @ 04:23 pm
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Don't worry about this lonely piece of kettle corn. It was joined by hundreds of friends, all spilled, undoubtedly, by someone at the Asparagus Festival here in Stockton. I can't look at this without hearing the sobs of a small, kettlecornless child echoing around the pylons of the crosstown freeway.
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Things Found on the Ground
17 April 2007 @ 09:51 am
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Somewhere, the child of a low income family is walking around with a bottle full of bubble soap and no hope of ever actually blowing a bubble.
A problem with taking photos of things on the ground is, well, the ground. It's always there, dominating the scene with its pebbly, gray indistinctness. Somehow, with the bubble wand, auto adjusting the color turned the ground purple. Now we have a wand, colors of royalty and a crown image, to boot. Pretty rad.
 
 
Things Found on the Ground
17 April 2007 @ 09:35 am
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To find things on the ground in Stockton, CA, sometimes I have to go no further than my own backyard aka the parking lot. Behind my apartment are some housing units of dubious integrity, so there's no shortage of discarded gems.
Recently, the lot trash was brought to me by Starburst Fruit Candies (TM). I can't eat these because they have gelatin (hello....preformed bone and cartilage) but think there's no reason they can't make for an interesting subject.
 
 
Things Found on the Ground
16 April 2007 @ 05:10 pm
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So apparently, the gummy skin is not thick enough to prevent the absorption of water. When I came across these two guys a day later, they were actually bigger, full of water and very jiggly. Day three (not shown) featured ants eating their groins. I guess even in the gummy universe, there is a certain vulnerability to crotches.

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And here, one week later, we see our gummy friends, their color and vim sucked dry by feasting ants, returning to their sucrosian origins.