Alley Walk

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.

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  1. I love your alley! I actually love allies in general, they’re like semi-forgotten places and feel like magical things could happen there. And is that bunny have white on him? Or is it just the light? Our rabbits around here are just that grey/brown flecked color. Also, that plant…ew. It kinda grosses me out! =) It reminds me a bit of those chicks and hen plants, where you buy the special pots with openings on the top and sides that they grow out of.

    1. I completely get what you’re saying about alleys. I think that’s why I like walking through them, too–you never know what you’ll find.

      The rabbit was part-way through going from his winter to summer colouring. I’ve only seen a few wild rabbits so far this spring, and most of them have already gone from white to brown. His coat was one of the more motley ones.

      I can see why the plant grosses you out. I think it’s kind of cool, but I also refused to touch it. It has a poisonous look to it, somehow. I’m not sure what you mean by the chicks and hen plants, though; the only pots I can think of like that are strawberry pots. Are they the same thing?

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