Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Thursday theme: Steps

I thought about lots of different kinds of steps; we take steps in the right direction (or wrong) every day, trying to do the right thing, trying to keep on a positive path. I thought about actual steps, and so my feet took me around my area, to some places I didn't realize HAD steps.

The first is a park in my town. It borders on a trail. Stacie reminded me of this park, which I rarely visit.



And overlooks the river and beyond






On the way to finding some steps, L caught someone working at cleaning the steps here:



Steps reflected, next to the aquarium:



Steps down, under the bridge, to the river walk:



More steps, right next to the river:


leading to this, which I've never really looked at. I had thought it had a function, just seeing the top of the spume from the road, but this seems to be a sculpture; some of the pipes are of different colors, made from different metals. Seven for the seven Cherokee clans?


The glass bridge across the highway, from the museum to the walking bridge; sometimes pretty scary to look down:


A view from it toward the river walk:



Stepping along the walking bridge:



Going home? I remember lugging along someone, just like this, on a hot summer day, not too long ago, either:

30 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

Lovely steps! Sometimes when I'm not sure I'm on my own path, I draw eyeballs on the bottoms of my feet (at the first point on the Kidney meridian, tucked up against the ball of the foot, dead center). That way I figure my feet can see the steps unfolding before me.

Beautiful pics! Thank you.

JGH said...

Hi - Just took a break from work and stopped in for a visit. I might be able to skip my walk today. After reading your post, I really feel like I've been somewhere! What a pretty are.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I enjoyed meandering along these many paths and steps with you - and I agree that glass bridge might seem a bit frightening - I don't think we could have something like that outside up here on the north coast! can you imagine it covered with snow or ice! talk about increasing one's risk of having a fall!

Squirrel said...

wow-- your first words made me think of how reluctant we can be to retrace our steps when we're going in the wrong direction. It's the smart thing to do, go back and start over to avoid getting more lost... but often people would rather just hurriedly forge ahead on the wrong path. We need to slow down and not run with the herd, not be afraid to turn around and go back and make a fresh start.

this step theme is starting to make me think!

Professor Montblanc said...

les steps is good--and I too found steps i did not ever notice before!

Ramona said...

Hi, I enjoyed looking at all these places to walk.

lorenzothellama said...

What fantastic views from the park and what amazing architecture and engineering of that bridge! Love it!

Stacie said...

Isn't it neat when you choose to focus on something specific, and how many times it will show up in your day....

Cool!

Coffee Messiah said...

Great shots and Thanks too for sharing! Pretty cool, er, maybe it's as humid as it still is here? ; (

all over the map said...

I enjoyed the tour. Lovely photos and that second one is so beautiful.

Joanne said...

The last photo and your comment are very poignant. I think every mother feels what you said.

dennis said...

Dennis has steps in his house.

dennis said...

Dennis can relate to caring for a child. Dennis made sure Eddy did not use the steps in his house until he was big enough.

poppy fields said...

I like going on walks with you :)

Steve said...

Wow! Those are a lot of steps! I especially like that odd fountain -- you've definitely got to wonder what the designer had in mind. (I like the Cherokee option, though.)

Janelle said...

wow. wow. WOW! xx bis xx janelle

Betty said...

That glass bridge is beautiful. It looks as if it might get a little slippery when it rains, though.
I love the sculpture of the man sitting, too. I only saw it because I looked through the photos a second time. Funny, how you can miss something big that's right in front of you, the first time you look!

Sally Crawford from London said...

Oh, I love the flat metal man who functions as his own chair. Brilliant.

And the walking bridge; those trees with their own little square grass plots: the whole combination of the built and the natural.

Shammickite said...

Nice selection of stps leading all around your area.
What is the name of the river?

Ash said...

Interesting series! The steps are lovely.

lettuce said...

i like the over-under picture
well i like all of them.
I also missed the sculpture first time around. Feeling slow and dense...

angela said...

What a beautiful place you live in...I love the views from the park down into the gorge but the glass bridge is pretty amazing too though I'd feel too dizzy to look down.

Nan Patience said...

I like the idea of this post, steps. Nice pix, too.

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Sally Crawford from London said...

I missed the sculpture too: it's natural to look down when viewing a pic (to read the caption I suppose) and the man is quite high up on his plinth.

Looking through the pics a second time, there he was.

I wonder if the sculpture has a name and who the sculptor is?

tut-tut said...

Sally:

The sculptor's name is Jim Collins, and I was surprised to discover he lives in the same town I do. He has lots of "watchers" around town. Maybe I should capture some of them for a post. They are very folk-arty.

Gledwood said...

9th one down... I love that glass bridge!

citizen of the world said...

YOu weren't kiddign when you said you lived in my general area. I've been here!

Linda said...

It's interesting to find themes in our photos, isn't it. Anyway, I enjoyed these photos.

ThirdCat said...

I keep coming back to look at these...so beautiful.

Mouse said...

One step at a time...