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Troll Hunt

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Death Valley National Park

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Zinnia and fly

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Zinnia and fly

Autumn’s last stand in NYC

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Beautiful London plane trees, descendants of the American sycamore, line the north side of Bryant Park.

London planes

Often the easiest shot is the one to take

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Layups : Basketball players

Flowers : Photographers

Bee pollinating

Equal parts creepy and cool

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Whenever it rains, a mysterious smiley face appears on the trunk of a maple tree in our front yard.

It’s a bit unsettling. And yet I like it.
Happy tree

Things I loved as a child but loathe as a homeowner

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Maple tree seeds.

Scientific name: Samaras

Street name: Helicopters

Why I adored them as a child: Hours of fun reenacting the “Ride of the Valkyries” scene in Apocalypse Now

Why I loathe them as a homeowner: Hours of tedious raking, gutter cleaning, and tiny-tree plucking

Helicopters

 

Tulips and turkeys

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We went to Cantigny Park to see tulips, purple cabbage-y things, and assorted other flowers whose names I’ll never know. But the surprise — and highlight — of the day was the rafter of wild turkeys that crossed our path, bringing a broad smile to the kiddo’s face.

 

Today’s view outside my dining room window

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As my wife put it, “I bet this guy always gets a prize in the claw game.”