Sign for the Times

The alley behind our apartment building exits onto Monroe Ave., which across Maryland rims residences along a canyon. The street becomes Arch before circling back and changing to Meade. Near the turn is a lovely, lively house with birds and turtles protected by mesh, outdoor enclosure. The trickle of water punctuates the typically quiet neighborhood with warm feeling. As I walked by today, a sign raptured my attention. I wonder if it’s new, or just one missed from more typically strolling along the canyon side.

There’s something fitting about the proclamation of friendliness—for Fourth of July and all 2017, with political and social differences riveting Americans apart. I captured the moment with Leica Q, which despite its wide 28mm Summilux lens produces pleasing bokeh. Vitals: f/2, ISO 100, 1/1000 sec, 28mm; 10:25 a.m. PDT. I straightened, sort of, to make the sign pole the vertical axis. Otherwise, the pic is straight from the camera.