Saturday, June 21, 2008

Random Portland Photos

A bit of exploration in Portland (Maine) today. After a foggy, cool night, it became sunny and basically warm, at least in the sun.

Foreground a blue indigo plant, background a brick colonial house
This is the only recognizably Portland image I took today. This is the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as seen through a blue indigo plant. I went on the tour and learned a lot about Longfellow and his family, as well as hearing a nice overview of how people in early 19th century Maine lived. Shocking fact: Longfellow's wife died at age 43 of burns when her dress caught on fire while she was applying sealing wax to letters.

Storefront sign that reads Fotoshops in green sans serif condensed letters
Bet these folks were annoyed when that little program from Adobe Systems came out!

Hairy stems and blue flowers on a huge clump of borage plants
I went to the Farmers' Market in Deering Oaks Park and had some fresh strawberries and a moon pie. But I also saw these amazing borage plants. They were about three or four feet tall, even though they were growing in 4" pots. Guess that must qualify them as weeds, huh?

Sign reading Having zipper problems? We expertly repair
What I love about this sign: Its combination of threatening, mid-2oth-century anti-Communist propaganda artwork with such an innocuous message. Seen on Congress Street near Monument Square.

Sign reading, Monastery of the Precious Blood
I saw this on State Street while walking back from the Farmers' Market. It struck me as odd, but I realize it's one of those things that you wouldn't even notice if you were from here, because then it would be normal.

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