Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lost and Found

A few eye-catchers from around the neighbourhood. Some were lost. Some were found. All were interesting to this easily-amused blogger.

Lost: At the edge of the park by the side of a busy parkway, this cooler sat abandoned. Where did it come from? What was inside? Since I didn't check, I'll let you tell me what your imaginations dictate.

lost cat
Found: On a street lamp around the corner, someone who cared found this cat. I hope he was soon returned to his people.

lost roof
Lost: This was just beneath the "cat found" sign. A very strange thing to lose. I wonder if anyone found it - and where?

tree face
Found: A meditative tree gnome with hands lifted in prayer. I walk past this tree almost every day and photograph it often but I never saw this distinctive face in it before.

I hope you found them to be interesting like I did.


Brian Miller said...

hehe i totally see your tree capture...hope that cat finds its home...

Shrinky said...

Oh my goodness, these are plain weird and wonderful,enough to make anyone do a double take! (I especially had to laugh at the garage roof flier)

June said...

Your "meditative tree gnome" makes me think of Tenniel's Mad Hatter's Tea Party. But I see your gnome, too. What a lot there is to see in that odd collection of angles and colors! It's like those "find the [various objects]" drawings that kids used to get in Weekly Reader. Do kids still do those?

Cricket said...

Love the "gnome." Reminds me of the gnomes described in the Harry Potter series... much more interesting critters than the standard garden gnome.

You didn't investigate the cooler?!? What if there were lonely beers in there, free to good home?

George Harrison was fond of garden gnomes. With that in mind, I suggest, from the underappreciated Somewhere In England, That Which I Have Lost.

ADRIAN said...

The rotting tree is perfect. The notices are brilliant observation.....I look behind the words.....loving, the cat may'll have a nasty habit.

Unknown said...

Ah! I never would have spotted the pray-er in the tree if you hadn't, but once you pointed it out, it was so clear!

Tabor said...

I have been watching too much Law and Order on TV and the first thing that came to mind was body parts inside that cooler. I must watch more Disney.

DJan said...

Hope that cat finds its way back. I love the tree gnome, Hilary! He's brilliant.

Leah J. Utas said...

I sure hope kitty gets back home. Most interesting about the shed roof. And I love the praying tree gnome.

Anonymous said...

Love the praying gnome - he's got a punk hair-do too!

Kerri Farley said...

Super post Hilary! You always make me "think"! Which is a good thing :)

Maggie May said...

The tree goblin really caught my attention and like you, I do hope the cat and the shed roof get *found* but the cat seems to have fared well even if he has to accept new ownership.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Daryl said...

Here in the Big Apple if something like that was espied, it would be cordoned off and lots and lots of men in blue would be there inspecting .. while a guy in a ("The Hurt Locker")bomb proof suit & x-ray machine would slowly approach to see what it was ... I know this because twice this year I've watched such a event unfold out my office window .. one of the perks of working in Times Square.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Ha! I had to laugh at Tabor's comment because it was word-for-word what I was preparing to say about the cooler.

It looks as if Kitty has already found a good home in case his original home is forever lost to him.

Jinksy said...

There's a genie in the blue box, that's for sure. If you'd rubbed the lid, the cat and the roof may have descended from the heavens in answer to the tree's silent prayer!

Bossy Betty said...

Lost items, but found art! Fun post! I also really liked the whole shed roof one!

Kristina P. said...

I need your perspective!

MaggieGem said...

Love the gnome shot.. great find!

Rosaria Williams said...

Ah, good eye! Most of us would have ignored all or most of these.

Suldog said...

I think I have it figured out.

The cat crawled into the cooler, since cats like such enclosed places. Then the lid fell, trapping the cat. Meanwhile, a hurricane blew the roof off, transporting the cooler to the side of a highway. Along the journey, parts of the roof hit a tree and fortuitously formed a gnome-like face.

I'd go open the cooler now and let the cat out.

Suldog said...

Oh, wait, the cat was found already.

In that case, forget everything I just said. Instead, here's what happened. The cat had to sharpen his claws, so he carved the gnome. The cooler was inside the place that lost its roof. What happened was the roof collapsed and fell into the cooler.

(It was a somewhat small roof, all things considered.)

Then, uh, the cooler got up and walked to the side of the road.

I don't know. I guess it doesn't quite mesh. Can we lose the cat again? That would make it easier.

Anvilcloud said...

I don't see a tree gnome. I see a crocodile about to swallow a cat.

An abandoned cooler at this time of year? Weird.

Dawn said...

Haha....."easily amused blogger". It must be something we become as we blog on. Or maybe blogging just attracts our type;)
Nice Lost and Founds:)

messymimi said...

Based on the photos you've published of what is in your home, "easily amused" is not how i would describe you. Sophisticated, yes.

Love these pics, especially the gnome. Good luck to kitty as well, and finding a roof. Around here, we know what it is to lose a roof.

larkswing said...

Life IS so good! Thanks for the simple, but big, pleasures life can offer!


Reb said...

Love your gnome tree! The cooler is full of food...the campers had to take it out to change a tire and one of the kids was sitting on it when they re-loaded. That or a severed head.

She Who Carries Camera said...

WOW...that last image is breathtaking! And I do see a gnome meditating!

Hope someone found that roof without being squashed! :-)

Barb said...

The tree gnome in golden light is wonderful, Hilary. I like your eye for finding quirky images. Unfortunately, kids in Denver just found a body in one of those abandoned coolers, so I won't try to guess what's inside yours!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the tree gnome, rare treat to see. They are fantastic, taken by yourself.

Frank Baron said...

It doesn't relate but it keeps running through my head...there's gno business like gnome business....

I'm sorry.

Jayne said...

Oh my--the tree gnome is incredible! Funny, once the snow melted here we found all sorts of objects around the neighborhood. Including two small, red shovels that had long gone missing! Makes me wonder if the cooler was covered by an unexpected snow storm... Beautiful photos, Hilary. :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

The last picture is particularly lovely.I do see the face and the praying hands.

Moannie said...

What an incredible eye you have, my dear...and a super duper camera to catch those images.

My first thought was that I was glad you did not open the ice box, at best it would contain rotten food, at worst?...a severed head!

And the lost roof? Who what where? You rock.

Pauline said...

you have such an eye for the unusual! took me a minute but once I saw the gnome I wondered how I'd missed it at first glance!

Mental P Mama said...

I'm thinking you were walking in my neighborhood;)

ellen abbott said...

love the tree goblin!

Kelly H-Y said...

You are brilliant ... loved the idea behind this post! Had to chuckle ... have never seen a 'Lost' sign for a shed roof! Such true words you wrote on my blog yesterday ... thank you! :-)

SandyCarlson said...

Great stuff! I love the tree gnome, though I think he needs a dentist. You are a lot of fun.

ds said...

Utterly captivating! The tree figure reminds me of Kokopelli, trickster of Southwestern lore. Is it possible the tin roof is in that cooler...just a thought...
The cat needs his home. Hope it finds him.

Debbie said...

I think I found another kindred soul because that's exactly the type of thing that I love to do, walk around and simply be amused.

I love that top picture of the cooler. The stillness of the photo and the blue sky were so beautiful that I ALMOST didn't imagine a body part or something in it.

But, sadly, I did. I have to fess up.

My favorite picture is the tree gnome praying. Loved that!

Red said...

I like the way you've tied four different things together in this post. As usual we are challenged to think about things. I really like the old tree.

sage said...

I love your tree! And I just posted about a place with no roof, maybe it blew away...

Barbara said...

I love your photographer's eye!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Brian. He sounds like he's pretty happy where he is right now but I hope so too. :)

• Shrinky, that one was indeed a head-scratcher. I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. :)

• June, I couldn't tell you what kids do these days.. since mine are all grown and aren't making kidlets of their own yet but I'm sure as long as there are puzzles, there are kids (even us full grown ones) who will love doing them. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Cricket, if there was beer in there, I would have been happy to leave it for the next person. Wine, however... ;) Another fine musical selection. Thank you, my friend. :)

• Adrian, you're probably right but who doesn't have nasty habits? ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Susan, I don't know why I've never noticed it before, unless it's a new breaking point from a lost branch. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Tabor, I thought about that too. It's partly why I didn't check it out. ;)

• DJan, thanks very kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Leah, I hope he does too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Lady Fi, he does at that! :)

• Kerri, thanks for that. Much appreciated. :)

• Maggie May, I agree. It sounds like the kitty is in a good home until his people find him. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Daryl, I thought of that, too. I imagined a city like Montreal, especially during the days of the bomb threats, and came to similar conclusions. Here, there's just the assumption that it fell off of the back of a truck and someone moved it out of the way. :)

• Linda, you prove that great minds think alike. I agree about the cat. He's going to be loved no matter what. :)

• Jinksy, I could have used some of your brilliant imagination when I was putting this post together. ;)

• Thanks, Betty. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Kristina, we can all use some perspective, eh? :)

• Thanks, MaggieGem. :)

• Rosaria, thank you. They were pretty difficult to ignore.. especially the cooler. ;)

• Suldog, if you don't get back to blogging pretty soon, I fear your head will implode. You need that creative outlet! On the bright side, you spent several minutes entertaining me in the comments section of my own blog. This could work out. Thanks for the laughs, my friend. :)

• AC, I'll see your alligator and raise you one... nah, I've got nothing else. ;) I think the cooler probably fell off of the back of a truck, or something. :)

Hilary said...

• Dawn, I think it's probably a bit of both. ;)

• MessyMimi, I had to laugh about "sophisticated." You'll note that I only had about four or five photos to show that day. ;) Thanks for the kind words. They really are much appreciated. :)

• Lailani, thank you so kindly. That's very true and I'm glad you got pleasure from my post. :)

• Reb, thank you. That must be it - the severed head, I mean. The other is just too convoluted. ;)

• Thanks kindly, Jillsy. I hope so too. :)

• Barb, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the images. And I'm especially glad that I didn't look inside of that cooler now! :)

• Thanks very much, Bob. You flatter me. :)

• Frank, YOU're sorry? I have to listen to you. ;) It shouldn't be running through your head, but rather through your heart because Gnome is where the heart is. ;)

• Thank you, Jayne. I've been noticing a few little kidlet shovels around too, lately but that cooler simply appeared one day. We've not had any significant snow for about three weeks, now so it wasn't just revealed in a melt. Thanks for the kind words. Always nice to see you visit. :)

• Ruth, thank you. I'm glad I'm not alone in seeing this. :)

• Thank you so kindly, Moannie. I think you're probably right about the cooler. I wasn't too inclined to have a look - mostly for the rotten food aspect. ;) Thanks so much for your always-sweet comment. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Pauline. That's how I feel about the gnome too. I'm now wondering how I missed it these past many years. I'm going to have to look at older photos taken of this tree to see if it's different. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Really, MPM? Have you found a cat, recently? Or lost a cooler or a roof, perhaps? :)

• Thanks, Ellen. :)

• Kelly, thank you kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and I appreciate your kind words about my comment to you. :)

• Thanks, Sandy but I think we might be seeing two different tree gnomes because the one I see doesn't have any visible teeth. He's looking off to the left with the uppermost branch sticking straight up out of the top of his head. The stubby, broken, darker bark/branch would be the hands held close to his mouth in prayer. In any event, I'm glad you enjoyed the post and I always appreciate your kind words. :)

• DS, thank you. Yes, that's exactly what I had in mind when I saw it. He might have had something to do with the roof, the cooler and the cat. ;) Thanks so much for the visit and kind words. :)

• Welcome, Debbie and thanks for the kind words. It sounds as if you do indeed enjoy the same kind of random photography as I do. And regarding that cooler, I see that "ALMOST" is the operative word. It crossed my mind too. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Red, thanks very kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Thanks, Sage. It would seem that roofless places are all the rage, these days. ;)

• Thanks very kindly, Barbara. Much appreciated. :)

Sueann said...

Loved this post! Wonder what was in that cooler? And hope the guy found his roof! Ha!
And poor kitty! Sounds like he has a good new home. But I hope his owner finds him now.
Love the gnome!!

Out on the prairie said...

You may have found a cooler full of body parts, I hope the owner remembers where they lost them.

Laura said...

wonderful the gnome! I do hope the kitty finds his family (well or that they find him).

Dawning Inspiration said...

Hmmmmm..... a lost roof - now THAT is a "lost" sign that I've never seen before!

Don said...

Lost shed roof seems likely to me.
Doesn't shed mean to fall off, drop out or cast off? :)

Fragrant Liar said...

Yeah, I found a shed roof in my front yard? Can someone come haul it off?

Sandra said...

I love the way you are able to weave together a common theme with a variety of pictures. :)

Dave said...

You know Hilary, I think there is nothing more interesting to see in a photo than common-place things. I specially liked your two notices. A missing roof? Have you had a tornado lately? - Dave

Cloudia said...

thanks for showing us simple wonders

Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral




Glo said...

Great collection of lost and founds... I think your tree gnome is involved. He looks like he's mischievous enough to hide things, and rather than praying, he may be rubbing his hands together in glee and giggling behind them. ;)

Betty Manousos said...

while looking at these photos i could be found with a smile on my face.

brilliant photography, great perspective!!

have a lovely weekend!


Hilary said...

Thanks for all the kind words, SueAnn. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the post. Best to stay out of that cooler. :)

• Steve, if they're full of the owner's body parts, how is he able to open it and see? ;)

• Laura, thank you kindly. And I wish the same for the sweet feline. :)

• Stacey Dawn, it was brand new to me, too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Don, now that's an amusing observation. What else could they expect? :)

• Fragrant Liar, I'll be right there. Do you think it can fit inside a cooler?

• Thanks very much, Sandra. :)

• Thanks, Dave. No serious weather around here, though it has been rather windy. I just didn't think it was shed roof windy. ;)

• Thanks kindly for dropping by, Cloudia. :)

• Glo, I think you're right. Yesterday I heard a voice coming from the cooler giggling and calling "Here, kitty!" ;)

• Betty, I'm glad my post found you smiling. Thanks very much for the kind words. And happy weekend, right back at you. :)

Unknown said...

these are all so cool, Hilary.
Especially the tree gnome.

Bandan said...

After reading your description , I had to pause on each one , very beautiful captures some of them , would love to visit you again :)

And hopefully you will like this:

Leave a comment so that I know you've been there :)

Lisa said...

Love the firs photo. The duck is a beauty and the cat well I laughed. Good one and great find.

Hilary said...

• Thanks kindly, Deb. Much appreciated. :)

• Welcome, Bandan and thanks very much for the kind words. I'll be by to visit your blog shortly. :)

• Lisa, thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, I found them all very interesting!

A Lady's Life said...

Wow! Great shot of this gnome.:)

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, SpanishEyes. :)

• Much appreciated, A Lady's Life. :)