320Days #46 Giraffe Print?
Suddenly concrete appears is a lot of my photos. I am not sure why exactly that I have been looking at the ground under my feet so much and I did not realize it until looking at my recent photos.
Our front walkway is comprised of “stamped” concrete in a pattern. It winds and curves from our driveway to our front porch. Kids love to follow it. It does not matter if it is raining and cold, they all take the long way from car to porch by a trip or two or three up and back the path. There is something magical to it.
My husband created it and decided half way through he would not build another one. It took digging, leveling, lining with a rock and then a fine rock compacted with a compactor to smooth it into place. Fifty or more bags of concrete later, each having to be mixed in the wheel barrow and everything cleaned between batches, the “stones” set, and the goo leveled. It was what appeared to be an easy “one weekend” project. It turned into a lot of hard, sweaty work that took up three weekends and several evenings after work from start to completion.
I find it to be ever interesting and after many years we finally agree it was worth the work. This is the first time I have seen it after a light snow fall, all the snow on the surface had melted leaving only the snow adhering to the seams. It was of such interest that I was compelled to take the shot. In heavy snow it is a smooth blanket of white. In the spring Irish moss share the seams with miniature mint moss. When walked on the mint fragrance smells delicious and both mosses brighten the walk with lime green and bright green softness. In the summer it is often overtaken by a low growing weed that is not unattractive, but it encroaches on the concrete and smothers out the moss. Later in the summer Woolley Thyme fills the seams and as fall arrives the thyme dies and the seams wear a brown felt coat.
This is the first time it has been camouflaged in a giraffe print.