The library where I work is a 25 minute walk, one way, from my apartment. I may do the sleep-deprived zombie shuffle in the early morning (in which case it takes me 35 minutes) and I may curse once or twice (muffled by my scarf and parka) when it’s forty below with an accompanying windchill for several days running, but usually I love my walks. After work, especially – it’s a great chance to clear the cranium of all the day’s activities and think about other things.
Still, after walking the same route twice a day, five days a week for nearly four years, things can get…well…a bit routine. The scenery doesn’t help much, either – every day, I walk by 1 fairly sizeable shopping mall, 2 schools (a junior and a senior high), 3 gas stations, 2 fast food joints and 1 casual sit-down restaurant, 2 coffee shops, 2 banks, 1 large grocery store, 1 church, and 1 senior citizens residential complex. I find I sometimes go for entire weeks without really SEEING anything – there’s just too much signage with too many advertisements and notices, too many lights, too much traffic and distraction.
So, yesterday, I challenged myself to actually SEE…and, just off the sidewalk, this is what I found:
Fantastic textures and colours everywhere!
I wonder what I’ll see today…. 🙂