Monday, March 03, 2008

When I was a little girl I lived in Seattle for a time. I remember the excitement of going downtown and looking at the huge buildings - so tall the sunlight couldn't find its way down to the street level. When a sunbeam did manage to survive to illuminate the ground below, the best part was the glittery sidewalks, which sparkled brilliantly where ever kissed by the light.

When in San Francisco a week ago, we were walking through the financial district, where the tall buildings obscured the sun in most spots. I saw these lovely agate/amethyst-like stone insets in the sidewalk, and coveted them.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the word "coveted" :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

You "coveted" them? Is that why there are two missing insets in the picture?

Is a well known fact that ravens "coveted" shiny objects!

lime said...

now how cool is that. a utilitarian sidewalk made beautiful.

RED MOJO said...

That's beautiful. Sidewalks should be like that, or beautified in some way, everywhere!

Doug said...

Looks like you got one.

yellowdog granny said...

ahh, thall shalt not covet...



yeah, right!...

covet away...

my daughter's name is maryjo..she has long strawberry blond hair,about 5'8inches tall and has her mom's big boobs...she goes to the park over by haight all the time where they have the drummbers..she is learning to play the digerydoo, and is amazing everyone with how fast she is learning and how good she is at it..she just got her own a few weeks ago...if you see a hippy looking chick that fits that discription..ask her if her mama is jackie...she'll freak..ha...she think's im all powerful and that would do the trick..

tsduff said...

Anonymous -
A more true word
You will not find,
When sparklies shine
Before my kind

Lone Grey Squirrel - I did try to peck one out, but it was too heavy to fly away with :) Yes, shiny objects I am helpless to resist.

Lime - Somebody somewhere got in a beautiful lick of art when the corporate planners were looking the other way.

Red Mojo - I agree wholeheartedly. Making the drudgery of ugly concrete buildings bearable should be top on the list when construction begins. Seeing that beautiful purple in the sidewalk just delighted me.

Doug - Had there been an innocuous way of doing so, there would indeed be a hole where the purple used to be...

Jackie Sue- We share a middle name you and I :) Will keep my eye peeled for your big boobed daughter - I'll just listen for that beautiful Didgeridoo droning hummmm. We often wander down to the Haight, and to the park beyond, where the world warps to a different time and space. It is great fun.

ariel said...

They are beautiful!

Tom & Icy said...

I lived in a valley where we'd see the sun just a few hours when it was right over us, sort of like the city.

McRaven said...

Caw, caw and caw with a hug.

Jeanne said...

Boy, do I covet them too. I never knew there were such stones in sidewalks. Here, I waste my energy coveting polished stone with small fossils in it, and daydreaming about learning to polish all the hundreds of astoundingly individual and beautiful stones that I've filled our house with.

Lindsey said...

My favorite thing when I was little was that when we travelled in the car. I remember waking up at night and seeing the lights of a new city all sparkling and brilliant. Everything is beautiful in the dark. :o)

Minka said...

I love how you notice things others use as a sole-holder.
I love the color.
Purple is getting to me these days.

photowannabe said...

Even the ugly streets have some beauty to them. I never thought about taking a picture of those sidewalk marvels. Good memories.

G said...

You just gave me an idea if we ever redo our backyard patio. Thanks for noticing the pretty things.

Crazy Me said...

Very pretty. Love the color.

tsduff said...

Ariel - they are lovely. I was sincere when I divulged my desire to have them.

Tom & Icy - don't you live in a valley still? *the big Ohio valley LOL* I like to have a bit more of a view myself. Too many trees or tall buildings make me claustraphobic.

McRaven - all my best to you dear - I feel like we are kin. Heal up soon.

Jeanne - These stones too are fossils of a sort. Made by nature, inserted into man-made structure. Are you a rock hound too?

Lindsey - I remember driving up looking at the big smelly refineries in El Segundo (LA) at night... they looked like huge modern space cities, all lit up with millions of white lights and beautiful. You are right - everything IS beautiful in the dark :)

Minka - LOL - "sole" holder. Very good! It is hard not to notice purple - it is a royal color and different than all the rest. Purple is my Bear's favorite color.

Photowannabe - You and your camera would have taken magnificent shots... You are an inspiration.

G - If you should ever find out where to purchase those lovely purple blocks... well, never mind LOL it would cost a fortune to ship them out here. I'll have to make do with a visit to their sidewalk now and then.

Crazy me - I hear it is a bit chilly down your way... brrrr. Did you get to vote twice?