Walking back home: joy of serendipitous pavement art
It’s not a long walk home from aerobic dance class, just five small blocks, and I’ve walked that route hundreds of times. But it’s still full of beautiful surprises. Walk home with me now and I’ll show you what I saw tonight.
- Small bunch of grapes, elegantly squashed.
2. A question mark on the footpath.
3. A gloriously decorated parking spot.
4. A tree with a splendid pair of antennae
5. Ngaio tree growing in the gutter: good luck, darling.
6. Road cones are a beautiful sight if you’re waiting for fibre-optic cable to reach your property.
7. Before installing cable, workers put squiggles everywhere. But I don’t like the look of this one.
8. Nearly home, and it’s crab-apples and lichen: cute, ay?
As my friend Dale says, ain’t life grand? If we are lucky enough to be able to walk, such visual delights are just around the corner. If our luck stretches to a smartphone, there’s a bonus.
I tend to notice very small things, and take pleasure in them. And I’ve got a theory about why this is so. I believe that’s an echo of a Japanese aesthetic, and I thank my time in Kyoto for this extra layer of delight.
30 thoughts on “Walking back home: joy of serendipitous pavement art”
Enjoyed walking with you. Plus the tree with a giant insect (?) shudder, if it’s that big!
Join me any time. I will protect you from the insects. I think that’s an ant.
Delightful; I once attended a show in Adelaide where you put earphones on and walked the city to a pre-described sound and wordscape, looking at precisely such details… lovely idea.
Oh, nice! Did the experience change your perception subsequently?
Definitely: an openness to focussing on the minutae, and also that Art is everywhere, not just galleries or theatres!
That’s lovely 😊
Isn’t it amazing how much you actually “see”, when we make an effort to see the small details that surround us!! I hope you don’t mind in the future may use this idea!
Please please do! Then we can walk your footpaths too.
In the meantime I do Neighbourhood Walks wherever we housesit.
Good luck on getting the fiber. Is that ‘dunk’ or ‘clunk’ – neither sound hopeful.
Luckily I have fibre already, and that’s “dunk”. Ouch.
I think that tree is sending signals to aliens. I’d hurry past it, if I were you.
Durn, you’re right.
photographing cracks and bumps is always interesting – sometimes you can really see something arty within them as well…maybe the ? was something to do with a little round dip just above/below the “dot” on the ?
This is getting metaphysical.
Rachel thanks for reminding us of the wonder in small things. I once saw a mattress dumped on the side of a busy road. My walking buddies and I discussed the reasons for it being there all the way home 🙂
My default reasoning: left there for a passing poor student moving into an unfurnished flat.
Mmm a possibility. We surmised and angry wife tossing her husband out and then feeling some remorse for his lack of a bed.
Far more dramatic!
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I admire your presence and mindfulness while walking. You inspire me to start photographing details like these for my blog too.
What a gift to be able to see tiny pleasures in every day things. Such an appreciation for the wonders of life! I loved the question mark best. 🙂
A solitary question mark begets other question marks, as in, what? Why? Who? Thanks for your comments:)
I think you are a perfect example of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for letting me find beauty with you this morning.
And I already know how good you are at spotting spots of beauty. Sweet peas!
c/unk : cable/unknown? Or maybe it says clunk. It’s all very inauspicious.
I enjoyed the “journey.”
Take care —
Thank you for the link. Loved your pavements!