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With snow and rain forecasted for the remainder of the week, our street drains are sure to earn their keep!

“Life’s Grate” (Sewer Drain) Nikon D300, 45mm, F/4, 1/40s, -1.0EV, ISO 640


  1. I like it – the little red paint does the trick. To answer your question – brown hair, with stripe of gray.

    • All the grates have the spray painted spot of orange-y red. No idea why. Must be some secret city publics work lingo. πŸ™‚ Aaaaah, yes, NOW I see it!

  2. “Life’s Grate”.

    Out. Standing. Title.

  3. Inspired by The Daily Shoot? Nice!

    • Hmmm, ya know, I didn’t think about it at the time, but Darwin’s image of the tree grate must have been in deep in my subconscience because I also snapped another similar grate (didn’t like that one as much, but have an idea of how to capture it better and since it is a mere 3 minute walk away, I will try again). Everything around is just so blah that the pop of orange just stood out as I was walking back to the house. I actually had to delete some images so I could capture it!

  4. Ya gotta know I’m gonna love this shot, right? πŸ™‚
    I also love your cat shot. Reminds me of my own little one, Scooter. She’s passed on now. Still miss her, though.
    Anyway, nice shot, Tracy.

    • Yeah, I figured as much. πŸ™‚ Hey, thanks on both accounts! I just thought the cat shot was just too darn cool and would resonate with anyone who’s had the pleasure of being owned by a cat. They just seem to have that sort of “I’m always watching you and we both know I’m obviously smarter since who clean’s up who’s poop, huh?” expression on their cute furry face. πŸ™‚ My cat Cleo is totally uncooperative with the camera. I have to wait until warm weather to catch her off-guard while she’s captivated by the critters. I’m sorry your kitty is gone but hope that image brought a little teeny smile to your face?

      • My cat had social anxiety disorder. When company dropped by she’d lurk behind the couch or under the bed until the coast was clear. But around me she was great. We used to hold down the couch together in the evenings watching TV. Good times. πŸ™‚

  5. I agree about the red dot making the picture… and the gravel that hasn’t fallen into the water below – yet!
    That grate would look cool covered with snow, too! πŸ˜‰

    • You are evil, Michaela! Looks like it could snow at any minute. Sigh. The gravel so adds to the composition, I think. And what about those two holes completely covered with gravel?? Just how does that happen?

  6. The grate in neat but the reflection in the water behind it gives this some depth, too.

    • Very perceptive of you Scott as I chose the shot where I liked the reflected squares best. I also like the diagonal that is formed by the different shading (and that those reflections also support said diagonal), the texture of the gravel, the two covered holes, even, that thin vertical line on the right. I guess years of shooting has the “rules” so ingrained that they are working in my mind even when I’m unaware! πŸ™‚

      • Comes with developing your own style and vision. Oh, and taking lots and lots of pictures, too. πŸ™‚

  7. I love this, the squares, the gravel, the simplicity and the bright dot…shows again how much you can see even in gray everyday surroundings when you take the time to look!

  8. I like it!!Very nice!

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