new growth

Alternative Details – Route Taken or Root Taken

Having looked at some of the natural details on the short walk home with my niece (see previous post), we then started looking at some of the alternative details of our surroundings. The patterns created by dirt and moisture in the air and by the remains of roots on surfaces along our route.

remains of growth

This route took us past the dry crinkled textures of a brown beech hedge and onto a parking area where my niece said all she could see was cars and vans. So we took a closer look at them and discovered the fascinating design by nature of dirty rivulets of water running down what would otherwise have been white painted metal, and creating simultaneously an aerial view of an alien landscape. Further on we inspected other surfaces where roots had once clung to board or brick but now left patterns of paths describing what might have been if nature had been allowed to take is course. An finally we enjoyed new Spring growth in the form of an evergreen shrub in a cultivated garden.

For all my travelling in time on my walk this week, I have not had a chance to compose a soundscape for the walk. I did no field recording with my niece on our walk and while I had thought I might edit a number of clips to represent my travels in time and space, I would have had to stop time altogether in order to do that – and so this week I am sorry to say I have no soundscape for you – my apologies for that.

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  1. Beautiful textures here, Alastair, I enjoyed each one. When we slow down and look carefully, it is so rewarding what jewels we can find. Your first (and last) photo with the new growth is especially interesting. I studied it, but do not ever recall seeing anything like it. The plant reminds me of our native Calif. nutmeg, and the new growth reminds me of roe. How’s that for an uneducated guess? lol. Thanks for this lovely walk.

    • Roe! That’s good, I like that they do look like it. I’m afraid I can’t tell you the name of the plant without further investigation. I’m afraid the photo was of quite poor quality – I did my best with it and wanted to end on a Spring note so included it anyway.

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