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March Photo Challenge: Day 5

03/05/2012

Belle

More information on the March Photo Challenge can be found here.

Prompt: Commute

About this photo: As many of you know, I walk or bike to work most days. Contrary to what many of my friends think, this has actually been an amazing experience. For the first time I feel truly connected to the seasons and my surroundings. In the past, I observed winter, spring, summer and fall while darting from home, to vehicle, to building, to vehicle, etc. If you think about it, we are really just innocent bystanders to the outside world, taking it in through panes of glass while breathing recycled air. When is the last time you spent one hour every day outside?

I walk in the rain, wind and snow. I walk in stifling heat and through thick fog. I walk during soft spring days, crisp fall mornings and sultry summer afternoons. I experience the change in seasons and notice tiny things that I would have otherwise been blind to had I been cruising down the road at 45 miles per hour. I see the crocuses sprout. I see the change in birds as new species migrate in and out. I see the leaves turn colors and drop as I walk under tired branches. Today I got to plod through several inches of heavy wet snow. I paused to take this photo of a daffodil, bending under the weight of a late-season snow.

I have been walking long enough now to be familiar with the families along the way. I watch from the sidewalk as their kids grow up. I see them hanging Christmas lights and then, a month later, hauling brittle brown trees to the curb. I watch husbands play catch with their sons and wives plant flowers with their daughters. To these families I’m just a stranger with boots on. For me, though, these families are reminders of a future that lies just out of reach. And so I’ll walk home tonight and settle to live vicariously through the 20 second snippets of their life I catch while passing by.

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And now for the lovely March Photo Challenge participants. There are some super fun, creative photos being posted. You all should totally stop by and say hello!

*List last updated at 9:30 a.m., March 5

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  1. March 5, 2012

    Your photos are amazing, Belle! Just wanted to let you know I really enjoy them.
    And I’m so with you on the walking and connecting with nature and life! I love my daily walk for the same reasons.

  2. March 5, 2012

    That is the nice and the bad thing about living in a city without a car. It’s nice because I am hyper aware of the weather every day, and even though it’s a concrete jungle I do still get to notice when the tulips start coming up in the spring. (I think they have all been fooled because of how warm it is, some of them are coming up now – too early! too early!!) On the other hand, when it’s disgusting out and we need groceries, I still have to walk. On those days I wish I had a car!!

  3. March 5, 2012

    That is a beautiful picture! So much color popping out of the white snow.

  4. March 5, 2012

    LOVED this post Sarah! You nailed it! You reconfirmed my love of walking. Whether it was in my past life- walkingto work, church or the corner grocery. Now its to the mailbox a mile away. Another benefit you didn’t mention was the health benefit, exercise and vitamin D!!! People in Mt Laurel miss out on so much by always hopping in their car or golf cart. Why, the whole house placed close to the sidewalk had a purpose. Sadly overlooked, by many.
    Bravo Belle!!!

  5. EmHart #
    March 5, 2012

    Looks like your commute is a great deal more inspiring and enjoyable than mine at the moment. I used to spend at least an hour outside everyday in my old job and I really miss it.

  6. March 5, 2012

    I would love to ride my bike to work. Walking would be a tad too long, but biking is doable. My only problem is my vanity… I have fine hair and wearing a bike helmet completely messes it up. Here it is the law to wear a bike helmet too. Maybe I should just put my vanity aside and give it a try (there’s also a big hill on the way home that I’m not sure I can make it up…)

    • March 5, 2012

      I guess it’s the benefit to not working face-to-face with humans: no one really cares what I look like at my job. I spend my workdays cooped up in an office and VERY rarely see anyone other than my boss. I do, however, have a handful of things I do to preserve my styles when I do bike in and care how the hair looks post-ride:
      1. I style with a volumizing product but do not finish with hair spray (Important)
      2. I style for extra huge ridiculous volume. Mr. Husband laughs at it, but after it has hung out under a helmet for three miles it is nice and sleek.
      3. When I put the helmet on I am careful to brush my hair back from the part. For example, when I’m parting in the middle I will style for extra volume with a center part and then, right before I put the helmet on, I brush it all back. When I take the helmet off and brush it back to the center part it has a little extra lift along the roots. I also swoop my bangs to the side before I put on the helmet.
      4. I “refresh” the hair once I get to work with a little tousling and some hair spray.

  7. March 5, 2012

    That is so cool that you walk to work! I always wished I was close enough to do that. And I’m super impressed that you have an anti-helmet hair recipe down to a science!

  8. March 5, 2012

    My mom’s rule for us during school vacations was always that we had to play outside for at least an hour a day, every single day.

    I walked to work for a few months a couple years ago, but it was just half a block of houses before half a mile of small businesses, not very stimulating. And definitely no daffodils or snow! I love your photo.

  9. March 5, 2012

    Love the photos! The snow looks so cool but fake! I’m enjoying the challenge!

  10. March 5, 2012

    This was a beautiful post. Thank you Belle.

  11. 35life #
    March 5, 2012

    Beautiful post and photo. And someone who also has snow like me! Looking forward to uncovering some blooms over here soon too.

  12. March 5, 2012

    Lovely picture and I love the post.

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