A day transpired recently which was a year after my most recent birthday.  I walked around Menlo Park with some friends and took some photos.

During our jaunt, we stopped by Penzey's Spices.  The store was large, open, and well-stocked.  It had an old-timey feel and the light inside was fantastic.  I managed to grab this photo of my friend Stephanie sampling one of Penzey's many selections.

On a wall just past Cafe Borrone, I spotted this oddly-done "Fire Dept" stencil.  I was struck by the two different kinds of shadows — one instantaneous, the other from long ago.  I found the persistence of the stencil's shadow to be slightly reminiscent of the persistent human shadows which occurred after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

We passed through a farmer's market a few blocks off of El Camino Real, in the parking lot behind Penzey's.  We were fairly late — many of the proprietors had already departed, and others were starting to pack up — and the high noon sun beat down on everyone.

This young fellow didn't seem to notice, though.  The awning of the stroller provided enough shade for what looks like a pretty comfortable nap.



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