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things you find along a new path

I’ve noticed that since the early summer, I’ve gotten out of the habit of biking or walking to work. This is an absolutely ridiculous thing to have happen because I live a mere 1.5 miles from work, so it’s a snap to hop on my bike or shimmy down the street. I could go on with a list of excuses, but suffice to say that I’m working to change back into a non-car commuter. So this past week things worked out and I walked to work on a frosty morning, which was ever so delightful because it gave me a chance to slow down and view things from a different perspective. I got to take an up close and personal view of this guy:

And this guy!

And these little ones!

And a frosty hedge!

I mean, do you see how the light is hitting that hedge? And imagine some glittery frost business with that? Unbelievable. I would have totally missed out on this if I had traveled by car. (And even by bike, most likely. I’m usually eyes forward.)

Last, as I neared my destination, I found a frosty rose bush that looked so beautiful, shimmering.

It was a great way to get to work and it really put a smile on my face. It was a much nicer way to start the day than to be scraping frost off my car and waiting for the light to turn green.

How are you getting to work this week? What little things are you noticing?

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  • Reply Jeb December 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    love these pictures Lydia! How did I not know about this site? You need to be more pushy I think. :)

  • Reply Jeff Moser December 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Due to the freezing cold, I recently took a break from bicycle commuting and just started walking. It was so relaxing not having to worry about traffic, and like you say, I started seeing all sorts of things I missed on the bike. I plan to add a lot more walking into the routine in 2012.

  • Reply lydia December 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Wow! I think the varying levels of noticing are interesting. In a car, you’re sort of fully removed from seeing small details. On a bike, you can pick up things like smells and the sensation of wind and such. Walking, well, there’s even more to see and it’s much easier to stop for the details!

    Do you think that shift you noticed will change the way you bike to work (when you do bike to work)?

  • Reply Jeff Moser January 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    There will be some things that I’ll be more aware of…like a little house hidden behind the trees that was previously unseen. But unfortunately, riding in the street at a faster speed and having to be so aware of traffic will prevent noticing the little things. Things to notice on a bike: “I think I can make that light if I sprint, but is that person on the phone going to look at me? Is that car door opening? If I can’t make the light, can I sneak the wrong way down the one-way street and go around the light? Whoa, pot hole!” I still love the bike though. Wind in your face, the smells, and you can still interact with people!

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