There’s a part of me that thinks that may not be the best title, but it is fairly accurate.
Near my condo, there’s an alley that runs between the nearby main road and a row of houses. If you’re looking at the big picture, there isn’t much to see. But if you look closer, and truly take in the details, there’s plenty.
There are the weeds, which haven’t quite grown back yet.
There are signs of the people who have walked through the alley before you.
There are the dandelion puffs, the ones that somehow managed to either survive the winter or sprout despite the still-frosty spring.
There are the new leaves and pine needles that are growing on the trees.
There is the wildlife, although the rabbit you spot will make you wish you had remembered to bring your telephoto lens.
There’s grass that’s just starting to green, and dips in the land that remind you of hills in landscapes that are more diverse than your city’s.
There’s a railway crossing, one of many in your area.
And there are the plants you can’t identify. The ones you’re fairly sure are a weed, but which you’ve never seen before. The ones that you think, no matter what they may be, look pretty cool.
Do you know what I recommend you do? Take a walk through your nearest alley (if you feel it’s safe, of course). Look closely at what’s around you, at the plants springing up or the things that other people have left behind. Really take them in.
Because while it’s always important to keep the big picture in mind, sometimes it’s the small details that can make the biggest difference.