Fly Eye


This photo was taken on March 6, 2021 at 9:50 AM.


The location was in the Navy Yard section of Washington DC.


The "Take It!" came after having looked at three different man hole covers in close proximity to one another.  Each one had a different function cast into the metal of the cover.  All of them had a rust like surface on them which is quite different than the surface of the same covers when found in the street.  The wear on street covers - with tires crossing them frequently serves as a sort of buffer to keep rust from forming.


Each of the covers had a different sized pattern of squares as the design on them.  The one shown has the smallest squares of the three upon it.  For some reason - it had the appearance of an eye of a fly - the big thing missing was the sheen on the eye of a fly.


I now walk over this set of covers three times a week as the hotel nearby is a new addition to my part time job.  I must confess - I have only watched this area develop recently by viewing articles in the local newspaper. The whole development was started as the location chosen for the stadium for the Washington National Baseball team.  It was chosen as it was relatively near the heart of the city - and was being used as the site for a cement plant and other industrial purposes.  The housing stock in the area was old and few in number.  It has taken a few years - but the area around the stadium has been developed in a very good way - with some of the old Navy Yard buildings being kept - and what seems to be a very good balance of new construction which includes upscale housing, some 12 story buildings with offices, apartments and condo's.  There are open spaces with mini parks.  It is a great example of how urban planning can move along in a well thought out direction.


I plan on going to a baseball game this year - as soon as they open it up to more attendees.


I am looking forward to more catches in this new area and sharing them with you.


All my best,



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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Jim (Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:27)

    That thing has seen some better days.

  • #2

    Sally (Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:30)

    Our daughter didn't get it, so we got to do another little science lesson.

  • #3

    Gabe (Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:30)

    Wow those look way different where I live.

  • #4

    GpaJake (Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:31)

    Lol ha! I never noticed they look like fly eyes. are right.

  • #5

    Jacqueline (Monday, 17 May 2021 20:24)

    Wow such an interesting photo! It absolutely looks like a fly eye! Love it!