Thursday, January 19, 2017

Don's Johns

Well, first of all, there seems to be a little embarrassment over the name of one of the major suppliers of port-a-potties for tomorrow's inauguration and so someone has been covering up the name, Don's Johns, with tape. Several media types have been trying to find out who, but without any apparent success. Certain members of the other Don's transition team, though, are high on the list of likely suspects.

What's very curious, though, is that the same is not being done in the case of the competition, namely Gene's Johns. I know that if I was Don, I would be, uhm, well, frankly, p*****. :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Bamboo is about as common as grass where I live and a heck of a lot easier to grow. Only it's rare to see specimens so mature as these in the U. S. Botanic Garden.

"Bambusa vulgaris, common bamboo, is an open-clump type bamboo species. It is native to Indochina and to the province of Yunnan in southern China, but it has been widely cultivated in many other places and has become naturalized in several. Among bamboo species, it is one of the largest and most easily recognized." ~ Wikipedia

Update: I wouldn't want to leave my readers thinking nothing was happening in D.C. as we head into Friday's inauguration and Saturday's March on Washington. Things are definitely heating up in the nation's capital. Traffic barriers are being erected, security perimeters established, media equipment deployed and already a smattering of protests causing traffic tie-ups. Many hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon the area within the next 2-3 days. I know I'm expecting a house full of protesters myself this weekend. Beginning tomorrow, I'll interrupt my tranquil little tour of D.C. to show you some of the preparations that have been taking place.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rock Tassel Fern

An Australian Rock Tassel Fern at the U. S. Botanic Garden.

"This ephiphyte (growing on trees) Australian native is closely related to ancient plants and is probably on a list of those protected. The tassels are stems covered with pale green leaves. As the tassels grow, they cascade making this a wonderful hanging basket choice. Damage occurs when plants are exposed to temperatures below 30 degrees F." ~ Online Plant Guide

Monday, January 16, 2017

Barrel Cactus

First stop in town--a quick return visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden, this time without the holiday crowd.

"Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or, amusingly, mother-in-law's cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.

It is rare and endangered in the wild, where it is found near Mesa de Léon in the state of Querétaro, and in the state of Hidalgo. The population was critically reduced in the 1990s, by the creation of the Zimapán Dam and reservoir in Hidalgo. The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around 1,400 metres (4,600 ft)." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, January 15, 2017

3000 Series

Crummy day yesterday with morning temps hovering only about a degree or more above freezing. What to do? Why not a trial run downtown to prepare for next Saturday's March on Washington? So I headed back down to the Metro station.

Rode in another 3000 series car:

"Beginning in 2005, a number of 3000-series cars that had not yet undergone rehabilitation were modified as part of a pilot program to study passenger movements to improve the seating arrangement for future rail cars. Sixteen cars received a new seating arrangement that included modified handholds and seat positions, including some longitudinal seating. These cars, as well as other cars being used as control cars in the experiment, received on-board cameras in order for planners to observe passenger movements." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Jennifer Trask, Landscape, 2014, various bone fragments, spliced antler "vines", cast resin mixed with bone, calcium carbonate and bone char underpainting at the Renwick Gallery

Friday, January 13, 2017


Steven Young Lee, In the Name of Tradition, 2007, porcelain, salt-fired glaze, mortar and gold leaf at the Renwick Gallery