This week's photos from around Columbia
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So, how do we know this is really Columbia, anyway?
Well, here are a few hints:
Clever how this real vent pipe comes out of a painted building
Turkey vulture at work in a borough official's yard
Wet leaves stained this section of sidewalk into an abstract painting.
Time to clean the gutters
This red-tailed hawk was hanging around in Mount Bethel Cemetery - to the distress of several nearby squawking crows.
Don't forget the wreath-laying and 21-gun salute at Mount Bethel on December 15.
Here's a concrete globe with paws at Mount Bethel.
Interesting spindle on the side of St. Pauls' Lutheran Church
Cat at a bucket
Humans sometimes assume this position, too, usually after imbibing too much alcohol.
Here's a virgin in a bucket of sorts.
And some pumpkins in a large bucket-like structure, also know as a vase.
Evidence of a mushroom cult?
End of the road, or at least the tracks
More tracks to nowhere
Someone should really clean up this unsightly mess.
Here, too - and maybe restore that historic retaining wall
Still there - the abandoned Mercedes
Three in a row - the ubiquitous LCSWMA trucks
Evidence of a previous structure
There's a big crack in Hotel Columbia
(A fitting metaphor for the town?)
For Heaven's sake, let's hope the power is off.
The troubled sidewalk on the 500 block of Walnut
(More problems to come?)
Required tools this week
More mattress madness - this time with a snow-covered sidewalk
Sometimes even lifts need a lift.
Newfangled stained glass windows?
A series of Santas (still 'tis NOT the season):
What if the suspects aren't arrested and convicted?
Do you still get the 50 bucks?
Yes, he's back at the Elks.
His right claw is clenched, for some reason.
Could he be the same hawk that was at Mount Bethel?
Who wants a bunch of gerbils anyway, even if they are only $9.99?
Breakfast of champions
She's leaving town, and who can blame her?
The taxes are too damn high!
Snow-covered football field
Possibly the same one?
How long must we wait for this project to blossom?
And how long must our sidewalk be closed?
Here's another hint you're in Columbia: an empty plastic bottle left behind.
Or left on the roof of a newly wrecked car
Here's a grille smiling in the snow
Here's a juvenile hawk - possibly a Cooper's hawk.
This is an adult who was nearby.
They were exchanging calls near CVS before flying away together.
Caution: Do NOT stir up.
Actually, this one looks to be abandoned.
Large clock - slightly askew -
Should we adjust our watches to compensate?
This house on North 5th may have slid through the system and become a recovery house.
A rare Tom Jones sighting
Sign directing Buddhist temple folks to the public lot at the bottom of Locust
You're welcome, Buddhist temple.
Flag frenzy at the Buddhist temple