Out of Place

I’m always looking for interesting things. Sometimes they are run-of-the-mill items that I look at differently.  For example, in the yard yesterday, I saw a flower that hadn’t completed its transition to complete wakefulness. The stamens were in the process of stretching out. I caught them in their semi butterfly’s-tongue state.

Photograph: Curled Flower Stamens

Stretching

Back in 1988 I was walking past a dark step van, the kind from which deliveries are made. I almost walked past it until I saw the top hat.  The van was unmarked, so couldn’t even hazard a guess about the hat’s purpose.  Keep in mind that top hats were rare in 198os New York City; it probably wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow in the 1880s (although the step van would have).

Photograph: Top Hat in Step Van, NYC circa 1988

Top Hat

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