Saturday, November 6, 2010

Another Brooklyn Ramble*

*Ramble definition: 1. To move about aimlessly. [No, I had errands.]  2. To walk about casually or for pleasure. [YES!  A purpose does not preclude pleasure or casualness in a walk.]   

A crisp and sunny Saturday morning in the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene.  There is more spring in my step and light in my spirit thanks to a recent excellent development (more on that in coming weeks).   I went out for bread (large white peasant round), apples (honey crisps - worth the $.50 more per pound), dry-cleaning, etc., but found myself wandering up and down every street where the sun was shining through the Autumn leaves.

I'm not sure I appreciate the smug message, but I did like the leaves' shadows on the graffiti.

This squirrel found a bonanza in a yellow pumpkin, but was very camera shy.

I pretended to walk away and caught him at the feast.

The bane of many Brooklyn streets - the female ginkgo tree.  Their slimey fruit (which some people eat!) smells like vomit, especially when squished underfoot.  Story goes that only male (fruitless) ginkgoes were to be planted, but someone in the Parks department made a mistake and now hundreds of females are dropping their foul fruit.

Fascinating hand-made clocks by Richard Birkett at the Farmers' Market.
I urge you to click on the photo to see more detail.

Where all the great peppers meet.

The decorative elements are so rare these days.
Great colors in this stall at the Brooklyn Flea.

An array of magnifying glass pendants.

The vendor says these wonderful creatures, which I have featured before, are made by artists in Mexico.

I was listening this lady's person describe how she is a working dog and high-strung around a lot of people, so they gave her the "job" of carrying a friend's purse.  Her expression shows what she thinks about this...

It seems squirrels (top right on tree) love to tease dogs everywhere.
After another magnificent jump by the dog, the squirrel ran further up the tree.  Dog wins!
Tomorrow is the big NYC Marathon that runs right under our windows, and yes, I'll be a-rambling round with my camera.


Susan Moorhead said...

It's been years but this brought back the pleasures of walking the Brooklyn neighborhood to this former Park Sloper, all the great things to see and do, and those blasted ginko trees, I remember that as well...your sunset header photo is magnificent.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Very sensible ! Rambling , you catch all the colour and life in your neighbourhood magnificently ..... and then share it with us .
Were you to run a Marathon , you'd just get puffed !

Unknown said...

Love your photoblog! How can I get in touch with you regarding taking photos?

Susan said...

I wish that I could arrive in Brooklyn on the 26th of December to apt. & beeg, blag, cad sit for 6 weeks and you could show me (in person) all these beautiful sights and sounds of Brooklyn. I've told Estoboro's woomen to keep me in mind for next year's trip to S. Africa.

An offer that's too good to pass up.
xo Susan & les Gang

Kate on Clinton said...

Thanks Lillian! I sent you an email with my contact info.
Susan - I would love to show you my Brooklyn! It will have a whole different look come late December (which I will be posting), but always fun.

Kate on Clinton said...

SmitoniusAndSonata - puffed?! I don't know exactly what that means, but I love it!

diane said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Kate! Once again some wonderful fotos of the neighborhood. Please don´t stop taking fotos. We love them !

Pam said...

Lovely. Doesn't look at all frightening...!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Kate!
Loved your Brooklyn ramble :)
Your neighborhood is so different from mine.

My husband and I went over to Fourth Ave to watch the Marathoners run by. It was so chilly that our feet got cold, so we didn't stay too long. We were hoping to see the Chiliean miner but must have missed him.