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In the catacombs in Paris, I came across this today.

An engraved stone plaque on a pillar.

Think, in the morning, that you will not, perhaps, go until evening, and think, in the evening, that you will not, perhaps, go until morning.

A good morning for the terminally morbid.

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Well, I don’t think I’m going to get any awards for aesthetics with this one, but it fit the theme far too perfectly. I started my day changing planes in Heathrow en route to France…

Chairs in the waiting area at Heathrow.

The sunrise seen through a large wall of windows.

So it was Good-Night, Baltimore… Good Morning, Paris. Hardly a typical morning for me.

Maybe I’ll get some pictures of Paris tomorrow. I wonder where would be a good place to go take photos in the morning.

I haven’t participated in the Photo Challenge in a while. I put up a post on my French blog last week, but  didn’t put a link in the comments, so no one visited. I just haven’t been feeling inspired. Then yesterday, after I saw that this week’s theme was saturated, saw this leaf with the sun shining through it. I looked like stained glass.

a close-up of leaf turning with visible veins.

At first I thought that this would be really hard. At the moment, I’m over at my sister’s cat sitting, but, instead of limiting me as I originally imagined, it gave me opportunities. I looked around her house and found items I remembered from my childhood that I haven’t really taken a look at in a long time.

A small stuffed animal, a copy of the book Adam Bede, a chess piece.

My grandmother gave my sister and me each a small stuffed animal and a book on our birthdays when we were little. The chess piece was carved by my great-grandfather who was a violin maker. George Eliot is possibly my favorite author and this is the very same copy of the first book by her that I read. It was my grandfather’s favorite novel as well, and this copy had belonged to him once.

I tried to make the photo look a little bit aged using the tools in Paint.NET.

Lately, I’ve found the regular habitues of the bird feeder have become more relaxed about my presence. One blue jay could even be called “friendly.” Well, he or she now has a couple of fledglings who have been following him to the bird feeder. They alternately scream for food and get it themselves. It’s fun to watch them watch their parents and learn. One thing they seem to have learned is that the people who emerge from our backdoor are not particularly scary.

Young blue sitting ontop of a support for a birdfider looking at a metal silouhette of a bird.

I sunk into a pretty bad, clinical, depression last year. I found the wild animals in the back yard gave me a level of solace I wasn’t getting from people. Especially after they lost their fear of me. Now, it’s like seeing all of your friends stop by to show off their new babies. Isn’t Blue’s baby adorable?

Yesterday, I went to Fells Point, down by the water.A bike locked to a street sign with elements of the state flag of Maryland painted on it.

Normally, when I post pictures of Baltimore, I try not to post pictures of abandoned buildings. Since moving here, I’ve become a bit sensitive to the fact that the people living here aren’t always thrilled with the fact that their city is always portrayed in the same way. Since this is the only closed storefront in an otherwise prosperous area, I figured this picture would be okay.

The font door of a storefront that used to be a bar and is no longer occupied.

We stopped in a Spanish restaurant for a bite to eat.

A pair of hands grasping a glass of sangria.

After dinner, we took a walk around the area.

A sidewalk with people walking up and down. In the foregeound, two people sit in chairs in front of a shop and two women look at something on a cell phone together.

This loudspeaker was playing music in front of a shop. It was painted read and I thought it looked amusingly like lips.

A loudspeaker painted red.

The interior of a record store.

Some men's straw hats for sale on a rack.

A woman ties up a pleasure boat while some tourists look on. Meanwhile, there is a huge container ship in the background. Fells point is now for tourists, but Baltimore still has an active harbor.

A water taxi passing by an empty warehouse.

A man in the foreground sitting on a park bench. Behind him, another many plays a saxaphone. In the background is a woman with children. Further yet are some shops with people milling about.

Well, you know you’re getting older when you think to yourself, “What is fleeting?” and your first instinct is to respond, “Everything.”

I’ve been gardening a lot lately, and my first thought was to the flowers many of which seem fleeting. So I went out to the backyard with my camera and I saw this:

A chipmunk running away under a garden hose.

However, he came back later.

A chipmunk walking along some railroad ties towards the camera.

For more interpretations of this theme, check out the comments section in The Weekly Photo Challenge.