Sunday, August 16, 2009
Today's Flowers: Drive-by Flower Shooting
Recently, I've been photographing the flowers that attract my attention in the entrances to shopping centers, condos, and anywhere else I drive by or in.
When I'm at the post office or grocery store it's easy enough to shoot the entrance flowers when I'm stopped. However, I usually notice apartment and condominium flowers when I'm driving and it's not safe to shoot them.
It finally dawned on me that there wasn't any reason when I'm not too busy to drive into the condo entrances and pull over where I can shoot the flowers.
Sometimes I find it depressing how over built my city is, sprawling well out into what used to be woods and farmland. However, at least there are still a lot of trees and flowers, as well as parks and trails. It certainly could be worse.
I find myself singing lines from Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, such as, They took all the trees Put em in a tree museum and they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see em, among others. At least it's not quite that bad yet.
Although I am glad to be able to drive by flowers and trees and mixed plantings, it's definitely not the same as miles and miles of forests and farmland.
Oh well, what ya gonna do, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot (thanks Joni for saying it so well) . . . I guess all I can do is be greatful they planted the entrances to the parking lots with flowers.
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