I am not a street photographer, but when I saw this gentleman sitting with his back against the statue of the chef, and noticed how much they look alike (the white shirt, chubby cheeks and beer belly) I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take his picture. I snapped a couple of pictures and that got his attention, so he turned his head and gave me that look of curiosity and mild annoyance. My first instinct was to put he camera down, but instead I snapped one more picture. I am glad I did, because his stare is so expressive it overshadows everything else in the picture. It is the picture. What do you all think?
The glass enclosure than the direct overhead lighting created interesting shadows and ghosting that I tried to emphasize in this picture. I hope you like it.
About the dentures, they are exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. the placard states “Dentures owned and worn by George Washington. Lead base fitted with human and cow teeth, and teeth made from elephant ivory; brass wires, steel springs.”
Here is some very interesting information about crows that I snipped from an article titled The Mystery of Animal Grief in TIME Magazine by Jeffrey Kluger:
Nobody feels cuddly about crows. They're too big, too loud, too mean. They scavenge with the greed of buzzards, prey without the grace of eagles and even chase down children who come too close to their nests. They are the dark symbols of human mythology--portents of plague, of sorcery, of evil. There's a reason the proper term for a flock of them is a murder of crows, and it's not because we like having them around.
But there's something deeper going on in the soul of a crow. An animal that inflicts death so readily seems deeply moved when one of its own kind dies. A dead crow lying in the open will quickly attract two or three other crows. They dive and swoop and scold--emitting a very particular call that summons up to a hundred other members of the flock. With near ceremonial coordination, they land and surround the body, often in complete silence. Some may bring sticks or bits of grass and lay them next to--or even on top of--the remains. Then, tribute paid, they turn and fly off.
"Crows form lifelong pair bonds and might be mated for 20 years," he says. "When one dies, we've seen the survivor just standing above it looking at it."
This picture shows the back a building on Front Street in the Old Town section of Temecula.
Why THE EDGE? because when I took this picture I liked how because of lighting and perspective, the two sides of the building appear so different. And when I edited it I tried to emphasize that contrast, that edge. Well, it turns out that there is a nice restaurant called The Edge at this address, which I found to be an amusing coincidence, and an appropriate name for this picture.