It seems apparent from reading and looking at the postings of others who have taken up the challenge, I originally misread the assignment. I thought she was asking for one picture that somehow summed up my daily commute. After all, in her post proposing the challenge she only had one photo.
As I had first read the challenge, it proposed a daunting task. How could one view sum up my daily commute? There is so much. Could I really refine my daily ride down to its essence? I decided to try.
|There are the tree lined residential streets I ride down.|
|There are the shells of homes once glorious.|
|There are the marvelous planned green spaces, and...|
|There are the not planned green spaces I've heard called "urban prairie", where housing stock has been torn down leaving a forlorn emptiness.|
|I ride by strip malls and empty storefronts.|
|I even spend some time on a remnant of the "Mother Road", Route 66.|
But, if I had to choose one photo to sum up my commute it would be of a group of trees I ride by in Tower Grove Park.
|These trees are twisted and bent. They have been broken, but still stand. Their beauty isn't in their perfection, but in their simply being there.|
By the way, my most direct route contains twenty-four stop signs and twenty-three stoplights, but seldom do I take the most direct route. Most days there are more. My chosen route is not a hurry up and get there sort of affair.
Nearly everyday I notice something I've not seen before. Each and every day I ride I am grateful to be able to simply be there...here and now.