Rooster apartments archway entrance in Berkeley

Rooster apartments archway entrance in Berkeley

A picture of an entrance to a series of connected buildings consisting of apartments near the UC Berkeley campus. This was taken on February 10th, 2005 in Berkeley, California.

Many houses and buildings in the Bay area have been in their original condition for the last 50 years or so. These places have not been destroyed to make way for newer construction for one main reason: their owners, whether or not they were the original owners, do not like to bring down these older designs. What they do is that they simply keep improving the things inside the buildings, like newer pipelines to kitchens and bathrooms. These improvements results in the buildings looking exactly like how they did when they were first built.

This specific house is located on a street, the name of which I forgot, that runs almost parallel to Oxford street, next to the main UC campus. The rooster image on the right hand side of the image seems to have been there since the building was first built. The black box on the right side, inside the archway of the entrance itself, is the post box itself; this is where the mail for all the residents of that building comes.

A picture of a flower that has parts which change color as they grow, from red to yellow. This picture was taken in the garden on August 25th of this year, 2006, in Anaheim, California.

This flower lies close to the other one shown in “Closeup of stigmas of a flower.” I called this flower a “yellow-2-red flower” as I do not know the name of this flower, and that name is the only way to distinguish it from the other names of other flowers that I can think of at this moment. If you know the name of this flower, please let me know and I’ll give you credit. There were many of these flowers close to each other, and they were all a bit above the ground, stemming out of the regular bushes that you see in the background.

This was taken using a macro-lens. You can see two strings of a spider web near the top right yellow part of the flower, crossing each other in such a way that they can also appear to be the same as the letter “Y.”

August 28, 2006 Filed Under Observations Leave a Comment

A view of two spiral light bulbs in the dark. These are the same bulbs as the ones shown in “Closeup of a spiral light bulbs“, and taken at the same time. This was taken on August 17th of this year, 2006, in Irvine, California.

You can view a larger version of this picture in my Flickr photostream.

The small lines on the bottom left area of the inside of the holder are scratches.

August 27, 2006 Filed Under Observations 1 Comment

A closeup of stigmas of a flower, which Valerie and I think may be a lily. I don’t know much about flower names, and I didn’t show enough overall pictures to Valerie, so we we’re assuming it may be a lily. Taken on August 25th of this year, 2006, in Anaheim, California.

This was taken a few minutes after taking the picture of “The motionless Spider.”

Stigmas are those string-type things you see coming out of a flower; they’re used for depositing pollen during pollination. I was out in the backyard analyzing the spider when I decided to continue taking a few more pictures. This flower stands alone, and is the only flower of its kind in the garden as far as I know. It had a few ants on it crawling up and down every few minutes. I had to wait until it was free of any moving creature before taking this picture. I have a few more pictures of this same flower that I’ll post soon; I chose to post this first as I think it shows the stigmas on this flower the best, and Jerine liked this picture too.

August 26, 2006 Filed Under Observations 2 Comments

A closeup of a motionless spider. Taken yesterday on August 25th, 2006 in Anaheim, California.

I was out in the backyard throwing trash when I noticed this spider along the path in the garden in the back. It didn’t move, so I came closer to it very slowly. It never moved, so I got my camera and came back to take some pictures. I didn’t know what had happened to it; it wasn’t moving, and was just sitting there. You can also see some strands of dust on it, which made me wonder if it had been in that same position for a while now. I took a few pictures, some so close that the lens of the camera almost touched the legs of the spider. I thought the spider had burnt to death or something, which would be sad. Or maybe it was waiting to jump on me when I least expected it. If anyone can let me know what kind of a spider this is, I would really appreciate it, and give credit also.

Jerine told me that because of the position of the legs, the spider was probably dead. This morning, however, I went to the garden and didn’t see the spider anymore. Maybe it got eaten by a bird, or was carried away by the ants. Or maybe it was waiting for me to assume it was dead, and is now planning an attack soon. I don’t know. I would love to call this picture “A portrait of a spider”, but if the spider really died, it wouldn’t be nice to call a picture of a dead creature a “portrait”, unless I called it “A portrait of a dead spider” or something along the same lines. Penguins rarely run into spiders, you know.

August 25, 2006 Filed Under Observations 2 Comments

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s an alien. It’s, hmm, a light bulb frame? A portrait of a light bulb and the frame it’s attached in that resembles a UFO. This was taken on August 17th of this year, 2006 in Irvine, California.

This picture is of the same light bulb that I posted before. I first showed this picture to Jerine, who immediately named it a UFO. I have been wanting to post this UFO for a while, though other bulb pictures kept coming to me, begging to be posted first. Well here it is: the UFO light bulb frame.

The frame is a glass/plastic hybrid, though I didn’t take it out to see if it’s purely glass or purely plastic. It’s transparent, and looks beautiful even when it’s daytime. The three dots you see on the UFO are the screw-type holders that attach that round frame to the rest of the holder, and thus indirectly to the wall. This picture was taken during the day; the room this light resides in is pretty dark until the blinds are raised, dark enough for someone to not notice that it’s daytime unless one looks at the blinds and sees some rays of light slipping through.

August 24, 2006 Filed Under Observations 1 Comment

Picture of 4 tri bulbs on a fan, with the front two tri bulbs lit up. Picture taken today in Irvine, California on August 24th of this year, 2006.

A remote control powers both the fan and the lights. This was taken during the night, to show how bright the front lights were and how dark the lights behind them were for the sensors of the camera, which was focusing on the front lights more than the surrounding areas. The fan is in motion in this picture; you can see the fan connectors to the main unit, right above the bulbs, to be a bit blurry because of their motion. Two fan blades are on top, and two are right next to the lit up bulbs.

One of the things that are nice about this picture is that even with the lights on, the two bulbs share the darkness with the surrounding environment. We can simply walk into a room and consider the room lit up. But if we change our typical perspective of looking at things and try new methods, we can see that even when the lights are on, darkness is still part of the very thing that produces the light: the bulbs.

August 23, 2006 Filed Under Observations 1 Comment

A picture of the road up ahead and an older model Toyota pickup parked behind me, as seen through the left side view mirror. Photo was taken in Anaheim, California on August 19th of this year, 2006.

I was waiting for a friend to come out of his house and decided to take this picture. The stains on the side view mirror are from the water that was sprinkled on the car from sprinklers at night near the place where I park my car at night. It was a Saturday, so the street was quiet and people were either in their homes or already gone to places where they would spend the rest of the day.

August 22, 2006 Filed Under Observations 2 Comments

Closeup of a spiral energy saving light bulb. Taken on August 17th of this year, 2006.

One thing I found interesting was that you can see a strand of dust or a string near the lower right side of the bulb that’s in the front. That came out unexpectedly, which is nice.

There were 4 of these bulbs attached to a fan, and this is a shot with one upclose and one in the background. I’ll post all pictures of all of the bulbs soon.

August 21, 2006 Filed Under Observations 2 Comments

A closeup of an old lightbulb. Taken on August 17th of this year, 2006, in Irvine, California. The bulb is a General Electric (GE) 25 W model.

I had been taking pictures of different flowers outside for a while when I decided to focus on something different. I came into the house and took pictures of a few things before I thought of doing a closeup of this bulb. This bulb is hanging from the ceiling in a beautiful case. The room itself is rarely used, specially the area around the bulb. Therefore, I couldn’t see all the pieces of dust on the bulb as I was looking at it through my camera, though I knew there were some pieces and wanted to capture that also. Maybe this can serve as a sign of either old age for the bulb, or a house where people rarely clean the bulbs.

The frame of the entire bulb casing itself is beautiful, something which Jerine calls a UFO. I’ll post that soon.

Thanks for looking.

Update on August 25th, 2006 : Another picture of this bulb has been posted, alongwith the entire frame.