Saturday Surprise — The Week in Pictures

When I first came up with the idea for the Saturday Surprise feature last August, I asked for suggestions from my readers.  One of those suggestions was interesting pictures from the week before, and today, being of somewhat diminished energy and creative juices, I went in search of some of the week’s best pictures.  The volcanic eruptions in Hawaii provided some really great shots, and so did … well, you’ll see.

Italy Bosco VerticaleOfficially opened in October 2014, Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of award-winning residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy.  The towers have heights of 110 metres (360 ft) and 76 metres (249 ft) respectively and host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters or 10-30 ft) and over 2,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed in relation to the façade’s position towards the sun.  Now guess what an apartment in these buildings costs?  Prices range from $845,000 to $2.6 million!!!  Guess I won’t be moving any time soon.Bosca Verticale-2

polish landfill fire.pngThis fire at a landfill site in the town of Zgierz, central Poland, has been burning for over three days, and at least 250 firefighters have been battling the blaze.  Poland has had a rash of fires at illegal waste dumps in recent weeks, and officials believe the fires were intentionally set.

Canterbury church

In England, an installation at Canterbury Cathedral of 100 baubles for a new exhibition, Under an Equal Sky, that will hang from the nave ceiling. The exhibition reflects on themes of war and remembrance, migration and refugees and marks 100 years since the end of the first world war.

plane on Downing St

Now here’s something you don’t see every day … a plane outside 10 Downing Street!  It is a Royal Air Force red arrow jet and is there to mark the RAF’s centenary.  I do hope they didn’t actually land it right there.

bird on deer

A bird rests on the head of a white-tailed deer roaming free in San Jose Villanueva.

India Elections

A supporter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party dances to celebrate early leads for the party in the Karnataka state elections in Bangalore, India.


A reveler dances beneath lanterns at the Jogye Buddhist temple following a lantern parade as part of the “Lotus Lantern Festival” celebrating the upcoming Buddha’s birthday, in Seoul, South Korea.

Rare Pink Flamingo Appears On Haulover Beach In Miami

A lone pink flamingo walks along Haulover Beach on May 17, 2018, in Miami Beach, Florida. Lifeguards on the beach said that the flamingo showed up on Saturday and has been hanging around since.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting explosively since May 3, causing widespread evacuations and devastation across Big Island.  Molten lava flows have blocked highways and damaged dozens of buildings, with no sign of the activity slowing down.  Evacuation orders are in effect in certain areas, and police are arresting those who refuse to leave.  It is frightening and tragic … unimaginable and unthinkable.  Here are some pictures of nature at it’s most devastating …


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Last, but not least, I have a special video clip for my two special little guys … you know who you are … I thought you would find this ninja squirrel to your liking!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!  Ullswater lake in England


31 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — The Week in Pictures

  1. Hello, Miss Jill! I am Benjamin. I asked Gem to tell you that the squirrel video is the bestest and I love it. Wow, the volcano erupting is awesome. I am sending a kiss on your little picture. Thank-you!

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    • Hi Benjamin!!! Your Gem has told me a lot about you, and what a very special young man you are! I am so glad you liked the squirrel and I thought of you as soon as I saw it! I like animals a lot, and I’m glad you do too! Thank you so much for the kiss!!! 🐿️ 🐰 🐼


  2. That squirrel or similar and same theme song were a commercial when I lived in the UK 1989 onward, for Carling Black Label beer. People were fascinated by its antics.

    That lava is something. Best wishes to all–

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      • It might well have been UK only. I gto a kick out of it. The only thing much differednt that i saw from this video was that in the end the squirrel reaches a can of Carkling Black label, and a man’s voice, probably Australian, said something pithy like “Nothing beats a Carling Black Label” or something very close to that. I have never had the beer, but I recall the name, even deacdes later!

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  3. Nature sure knows how to WOW! you while it’s screwing you, and all this time I thought it was MOTHER Nature.
    As for the trees, where the aitch ee double hockey sticks are the roots?
    Fantastic post, Jill.

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    • Thanks rawgod!!! Hmmmm … it didn’t occur to me to wonder where the hell the roots were, but now that you mention it … my curiosity is piqued and I will have to go in search of an answer … tomorrow! 😉 Mother nature does, indeed, have either a cruel streak or a wicked sense of humour … I’m not sure which! ⛈️


  4. Great pictures. At first I thought the deer had a hat on! LOL That apartment complex is amazing. I wonder if they have a horticulturist come in and tend those trees regularly to keep them in good health. What a neat way to put some oxygen back in the air! And that squirrel is absolutely hilarious. They can be so funny!

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    • Thanks!!! I don’t know, but surely they must have professionals take care of those trees … half the tenants wouldn’t know what they needed and when. I loved the squirrel too … watched it 3 times!!!

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  5. WOW! If they’ll take a check, I want one of the $2.6 million apartments…in for a penny, in for a pound, right? My door would always be open for you! I adore the deer and bird photo, that little rascal is really holding on. Benjamin will be ecstatic over the squirrel video. Squirrels, along with chipmunks, are among his favorite creatures. He will also enjoy the volcano pictures, his love of dinosaurs led to a fascination with them too. I must also mention, we both love Dandelions and the puff balls. Making wishes and blowing the seed puffs is a favorite thing, my yard provides plenty of wishes. Saturday Surprise is, to quote Benjamin, “The Bestest!” Thank-you!!

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    • Thank you!!! I imagine they would take a check, but there might be a little problem when they tried to deposit it. And thank you … let me know when you get moved in and I’ll pop right over! We’ll have a great time!

      I am thrilled I managed to provide a couple of things for Benjamin to enjoy! I just loved the squirrel video … watched it three times!


  6. As others have noted … the building in Milan is striking. What’s frustrating to me, however, is not that I can’t live there but rather those who DO have the bucks will lease/buy one of the apartments to be used as a “summer retreat” (or some such) instead of using the money for humanitarian causes. But that’s the way it is … and has been for centuries so … what else is new?

    Have a super weekend!

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    • Thanks Nan!!! Yes, like so many other things, it does seem a waste when the money could do so much good. I read yesterday that the money Trump spent going to his golf outings this year was more than the Mueller probe had cost. And look at Pruitt who is jet-setting about on money that could be better put to use. Sigh. So much waste by the wealthy. I still think the apartments are cool, but you are right that it is a colossal waste. You have a great weekend also … what’s left of it 😉


  7. Dear Jill,

    I just love, love, love the photos. Can you believe those golfers who would play a game with lava smoke billowing right behind them.
    The bird found a new friend and vice versa. The Milan apartments are awesome.
    Thanks for sharing.


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    • Thanks Gronda!!! I really, really want one of those Milan apartments, but … I seem to be a bit short of the $845,000 … like about $844,000 short! 😀 Yes, that golfer floored me … I found myself wanting to yell at my computer screen, “Get the heck outta Dodge, dude!!!” Ah well, I’ve heard the term ‘die-hard golfers’ … I suppose he is one of ’em.

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  8. Jill, great pictures, especially of the lava. I love the vertical tree towers in Milan, as well. Very cool. And, that deer has a nice friend. I guess the deer was worried about too much sun on his nose. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith … glad you enjoyed them! Yes, the deer and the bird … much to ponder there … the deer didn’t seem to mind that the bird was a different colour than he, did he? Have a great weekend, my friend!!!


  9. Great photos and commentary! It is sobering to think that something as beautiful as the volcanic eruptions can be so devastating! And I note that nothing stops the golfer from his follow-through! Have a great day!

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  10. Squirrels just wanna have fun… Love the tree building, all cities should look like that. Canterbury is a lovely city – I didn’t know about the installation so we need to go there with our cameras soon. Thanks.

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