spotting from the back seat
spotting from the back seat
Through October, in collaboration with R-U here? we’ve been taking to the bus, journeying and chatting with passengers. Recording images on http://www.R-U.org.uk and the instagram link.
I used to commute daily by bus, up to an hour and a half each way on a good day, involving two buses and some walking. My circumstances changed and I needed that time to be spent elsewhere so took to the car. It is hard to get back to the bus after cocooning myself with my choice of temperature control and sound; but it was not long before got back into the routine and being able to read on the commute.
Office space changed and the car returned to main mode of commute as the number of buses was severely cut, and my hours would not fit with the revised diminished timetable.
Now this route has been cut entirely.
It was not without a sigh that on the first working day after the removal of the bus the main road route had it’s bigger smarter buses diverted past our abandoned stops! It felt like salt was being rubbed into our collective wound of disconnection.
Now a few months on, the time table frames have been removed from telegraph poles, green mossy, lichen patches are the tell tale remains, stenciled in place by those frames.
Lonely bus shelters along the route, maybe useful for the school coach queue, but most of the day useless in the layby, awaiting a new life as a notice board, perhaps.
In recognition of the lost route, the invitation is out – join us and walk a section of the route, 2 November 2019, Saturday morning circular route. How many former bus stops do you spot? Can we come up with alternative ways to share lifts?
Not a thing that I know of…. but probably exists … what type of categories …. largest smallest generating the most profit providing the most services? All possible. What about the category best situation? Even that may need subsections:
Rural ,urban, suburban, private , totally enclosed, subterranean , multistorey …
Well in the public park and ride category I would like to nominate the park and ride for the City of Bath. It does need you to look beyond the immediate car park provision. And in fact in the pouring rain on Monday the ground was a sloppy sandy mess, and the week before the failure of the public unisex toilets to open despite piling in the money. But beyond those the car park sits sheilding a playing field and beautiful views across the valley . Not an obvious attraction though when parking . Because mostly thoughts are on getting to the City.
Leaving Bath the road takes me along a minor road twisty and relatively narrow with banks and hedges on either side . Not single track . But if I were walking one I would be worried about quick escape routes from oncoming traffic.. no verges.
Leaving Bath early evening I was just in a slow trail . One of those where you can be stopped and wind down the window and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the place. I was so close to the hedge I could have taken the hawthorn for tea… the bread and cheese leaf. The traffic line was mostly so slow it was stopped for ages between moving just a car’s length so with the window down I could take a picture … to be loaded up and shared
Image to come … Close up of hedge .. Hawthorn leaves at close quarters ..
It’s not a thing but perhaps it ought to be ..maybe somewhere it is. I really like dandelions: that big sun head giving all sorts of insects a landing-place. Greeting the spring when many other flowers are still a little shy to show up.
Caught in the tail back which snaked around the roundabout and stopped. This offered the chance to look to the clock faces, the mass of fluffy heads getting ready to blow out the time with the next gust of wind. I came back here on the way home, hoping the day had been still and the seed heads remaining.
I came back to park up and take the photos.
Have you spotted these dandelion days? They happen twice – the day you first notice that the those yellow heads are all out everywhere .. the first flush. Then the second when they all transform to clocks, simultaneously; sometimes whole fields certainly along the road verges. Ok I agree perhaps less exciting when in your own garden, but I have to admit to enjoying them even there.
Being held in traffic, and viewing the verges reveals there are varieties, or perhaps mutations. I have no botanical background but I have noticed the variations in leaves. the expected ragged, toothed leaf the source of the name lions tooth, in some places almost entirely smoothed out. Reasons?
In a recent project, concerning gratitude, I was looking at the very involved flower language developed by Victorians, and while it would be possible to build a bouquet of flowers representing a variety of emotions and messages no combination settled the subject sufficiently for me. Consulting several guides I could not find a reference in there for dandelions either. Strange? The plant itself can be useful tasty vitamin c laden salad leaves, symbolic time references, roots dried and ground for coffee substitute (or so I read ) and in the past a treatment for jaundice. Perhaps the thing against the inclusion for the posy makers is the flower will not stay open when picked, losing the sun it closes down.
In looking into my gratitude plans, I am proposing the dandelion is the symbolic plant for my subject. I am not going into my discussion on gratitude here .. still much to explore, but I will briefly mention why the dandelion
The flower head .. bright sunshine yellow, the immediate reaction. Thankfulness for the gift, the offer , the past action someone else carried out which enables you to now do something ,
The deep tap roots this plant has – that past action may not have been with you in mind, someone else’s selfless act, waiting for the spring, and even the effects of the gift embedding itself in you gradually changing your attitude or actions
The seed head – superb dispersal system of this plant. The gift the idea, how best to truly acknowledge the effect but by taking that and using it yourself , spreading its effect further.
These are the basis of my reason for adopting dandelions to carry the idea of gratitude. I have wandered from my roadside commentary, but sometimes it is while you are stuck in traffic that these other thoughts are given time to mull and sneak around your head and the seeds of ideas get planted.
Enjoy your commute
I can hardly say this is my commute area. But it fits under the subject type. I have been collecting car park commuting and car park treasure pictures for ages now – and rarely have the image on the device to load. Also I write notes about my regular – oh and irregular journeys on what note pad I might have when the fleeting scene crosses the view. The intention always to share that moment or the captured image, either the photograph or the wordy description. But coming back later the mood has gone. And the notes need to stay in whatever book they are.
This picture is not at all a regular commute, but a quiet car park on a cold, wet and misty day at the start of April. A visit to Niagara – visit the Falls. Impressive as the sound of the falls was immediate as soon as we got out the car. Impressive even with restricted views and as you see here the mist levels hovering so low. Humbling the force of the natural phenomenon, quite overwhelming possibly even because of restricted view.
yes I have to admit that i like the car park image too. I know this is after the event, but as I am sorting out the holiday album and deciding what to do with the red poncho .. not inappropriate.
Road traffic so heavy
Everywhere so slow
Only following plan to be able to get home tonight quickly
Might need a rethink if same plan represents itself for another day
Of course the main issue is that I want to do something in the day
I need to get home to do more of something in the evening
And I want to go out (ha for relaxation and yoga) in the evening
And have meal with family
Doing less would release the pressure
Making getting somewhere slower more permissible
Being a little more realistic – more healthy
And that probably would apply to a lot of the people also sat in their cars around me .
Today it is probably the relaxation class which will be missed.