Beneath Your Feet

This week’s photo challenge made me think of the Dixie Chicks’ song Wide Open Spaces: “Who doesn’t know what I’m talking about? Who’s never left home? Who’s never struck out? To find a dream and a life of their own; a place in the clouds; a foundation of stone. Many precede and many will follow; a young girl’s dreams no longer hollow; it takes the shape of a place out west; but what it holds for her, she hasn’t yet guessed. She needs wide open spaces; room to make her big mistakes; she needs new faces; she knows the high stakes…” Reminiscent of my travel, here are beneath my feet images from west to east coasts of the United States.

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I was aboard an 1886 sailboat name Balclutha at the San Francisco Maritime Historic National Park when I looked down and saw my shadow on the 128-year-old wooden deck. Below that deck is the captain’s separate rooms for beds, toilet, living and dining while the crewmen lived in a cramped one room all the way in the back above deck. Besides the crewmen’s poor living condition, it must have been lonely. I am still in awe of their lifestyle, sailing from one port to another, delivering cargo.

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The reindeer seaweed was taken right after Christmas at Ocean Beach Dog Park in San Diego. It was my dog’s first time seeing an ocean and drinking from it! It must have tasted good because he did it twice or he was just thirsty from running around with other dogs. As far as the image itself, it must have been a left over the subliminal message from the holiday advertisements.

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The pathway photo was taken during a garden tour before a tea ceremony at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix. I believe they flew in a Japanese master gardener to do this pathway which took him two weeks including time at the quarry planning the design as he chooses each stepping stones. When all the stepping stones arrived at the garden, each already has a destination. Set about an inch above the soil, they were arranged starting with zigzag grouping of stones at the beginning to straight evenly spaced stones then curving at the end. The pathway leads to a covered sitting area. Walking on those stepping stone felt like a journey – chaos, order, calm.

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Strawberry Field in Central Park is a living memorial to John Lennon. A mosaic on the walkway is a tribute to his song Imagine: “Imagine there’s no heaven; it’s easy if you try. No hell below us; above us only sky. Imagine all the people; living for today…Imagine there are no countries; it isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people; living life in peace…You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one. Imagine no possessions; I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger; a brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people, sharing all the world…You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.” Traveling and meeting new people made me realize that we are all human being longing for peace.

Beneath your feet are endless stories, so go and take the challenge.

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