Signz ‘n the Hood–Weekly Photo Challenge

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is asking for “Signs.” Whether straightforward or implied, our lives are informed by signs. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, leaves beginning to change remind us of the approach of cold weather.

I would love to drive the seedier neighborhoods of Reno and capture some of the more outrageous ones that give Reno an mostly undeserved reputation, and perhaps later in the week I make be able to carve out a few minutes to do just that. In the meantime, I’m using my currently time-crunched walk, dogs in tow, to share some signs right here in my own neighborhood.

Welcome to the 'hood. Wildlife rules here.

Welcome to the ‘hood.
Wildlife rules here.

A block from home there is an access to the Truckee River allowing bikers to follow it to Pyramid Lake. This is where the water from Lake Tahoe travels...when we're not in severe drought.

A block from home there is an access to the Truckee River allowing bikers to follow it to Pyramid Lake. This is where the water from Lake Tahoe travels…when we’re not in severe drought.

Crews are repairing the riverwalk.

Crews are repairing the riverwalk.

One of 2 accesses to the river walk that they are improving.

One of 2 accesses to the river walk that they are improving.

Poor neighbors--the kids keep stealing their tomatoes.

Poor neighbors–the kids keep stealing their tomatoes.

Please...be responsible.

Please…be responsible.

The blight of election season. Somebody didn't like Wilson.

The blight of election season. Somebody didn’t like Wilson.

(All photos–Victoria C. Slotto)

I-395 Mojave to Reno–Poetry Potluck

Desert wildflowers

Image by °Florian via Flickr

Submitted to Poetry Potluck: http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/ where the theme for this week is Traveling, Trips, Vacations. This poem was written last year on our return trip to Reno in May.

I-395 Mojave to Reno

Opening lines of poems
I would write
if I didn’t have to drive:

The Artist slopped his paint
across the Mojave Desert…

Purple and yellow, orange and blue,
complementary palettes…

A mound of red and black lava:
a dinosaur slipping into extinction…

Owen’s lake in cool colors:
blue on blue, silver white…

The difference between stark and extravagant =
January + 4 months – winter…

Snow presides on Mount Whitney
while Lone Pine lounges in its shadows…

To be continued
or completed.

Lady Nimue’s Months-of-the-Year Challenge: Late October

The Truckee River near Truckee, California.

Image via Wikipedia

Submitted to Lady Nimue’s Months of the Year Challenge: http://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/challenge1-months-of-the-year-challenge/

 

Late October

Cricket songs slow down.
Scarlet leaves dance along the Truckee.
Empty spaces wait like barren wombs,
embrace mounds of snow.