Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Pollarding, Part 2
Back in February I posted a photo of this street near our flat, to show you the severe form of tree pruning known as "pollarding." I thought you might be interested in seeing the same trees in summer. As you can see, they fill out pretty well!
In other news:
-- The caterpillars living on our horseradish plant have vanished. We recently had a chilly night, with temperatures in the low 50s, and when I looked the next morning the caterpillars were motionless. The next time I looked, they were completely gone. I don't even have caterpillar corpses. My theory is the cold stunned or killed them, and then something ate them. But who knows.
-- I've had a big week, photo-wise. The blogs Londonist and Little London Observationist both published some of my photos from Flickr, which was a pleasant surprise. (Follow the links if you want see them -- they're photos I haven't used here.) And on Thursday, while visiting the Saatchi Gallery with my friends Sally and Jamie, I was happy to find in the gift shop a book called Focus: Found Faces, which contains one of my photos. (Unfortunately I don't get royalties or anything -- in fact, I didn't even get paid, beyond getting a free copy of the book. But I thought it was worth it to let them use the picture, just for publishing credit.)
-- We had an armed robbery in our neighborhood, which freaks me out a little bit. Denbigh Road, where it occurred, is a short street that runs right next to our apartment building. I usually read about street robberies happening late at night or in the wee hours of the morning -- but this was 7 p.m., broad daylight! Of course, the victim was wearing a £28,000 Rolex. I wouldn't be such a tempting target, with my 15-year-old, $49 Fossil.