Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

Posted: August 7, 2015 in Weekly Photo Challenge
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Beneath Your Feet” is the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge to start off the month of August.  I do lots of walking, in the park or elsewhere in nature for preference, but at my part time job as a tea-rista, I spend almost 9 hours a day, two days week, on my feet.  Consequently, I’m quite aware of what’s beneath my feet.

Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy.
There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.
  ~Charlotte Eriksson

This first shot is a photo of a interruption by nature of the pavement beneath my feet as I walk around the small lake near our house.  By turning the phone upside down while getting as low as possible, I got a much more interesting angle than simply from above.

copyright janet m. webb 2015

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.”
~Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust:  A History of Walking

Walking in sand is good exercise; sometimes very difficult exercise, especially if that sand is loose.  The sand on this California beach was quite firm, but someone had managed to leave a partial print there that we discovered while enjoying the ocean.

IMG_5062 copyright janet. m webb 2015

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
~John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

  1. Sandra says:

    That partial print is quite intriguing, Janet.

  2. thirdeyemom says:

    Love the sand shot!

  3. Lindy Le Coq says:

    It’s been a few years since I read Rebecca Solnit’s A Fieldguide to Getting Lost. Time to re-read her wisdom! Thanks for the reminder and the cool shots.

  4. I liked the way you so perfectly matched your photos with the quotes 🙂
    Great job 🙂

  5. Nice – loved the quote about so much being right outside your window.

  6. Madhu says:

    Perfect pairing of images and quotes Janet. The footprint reminded me of stories of the Yeti…hardly likely to find him on a beach 🙂

    On a different note, reading your comment above made me wish I had thought up the title ‘Faraway Nearby’ for my blog! 😉

    • That would be a good blog title, Madhu. When I first started blogging, I didn’t even though about having a title and I got the blog all the way set up, when WP said I needed a title. Didn’t want to start over, so I went with “This, that, and the other thing” never realizing how many people had already used it. 3 1/2 years later, it’s not worth changing! 🙂


  7. ladygrace33 says:

    Very nice 🙂

  8. Interesting shots. Definitely a ‘challenge’ this week. 🙂

  9. Cris says:

    I like your quotes, especially the first one. Plus, your photos are very cool. You’ve a good photographic eye, janet.
    Here’s my WPC, if you desire: https://fstopfantasy.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/weekly-photo-challenge-beneath-my-feet/

    • Thanks very much, Chris, both for the compliment and for stopping long enough to comment. I think I may have been to your entry already, but if not, I’ll get there. Working my way along. 🙂


  10. Good entries …!!! Have a GREAT weekend !!! 😎

  11. nowathome says:

    Both photo’s are very interesting. Have a great weekend Janet!

  12. Wow, this is not an easy theme but you nailed it, not only with images but very good reflections.
    Enjoy a lively week, Janet.

  13. happyface313 says:

    🙂 I sure like the footprint in the sand.
    Same thought on the topic, just from a different angle.
    Have a very HAPPY weekend, Jane! 🙂

  14. There is a story behind each print that we capture in the sand just waiting to be told.
    Happy weekend Janet

  15. Jane Lurie says:

    I wouldn’t have guessed the first shot. Interesting POV, Janet.

  16. Amy Reese says:

    Love the footprint in the sand. Yes, very intriguing!

  17. Kashpals says:

    Amazing, love the partial footprint in the sand.

  18. Janet, I enjoyed your photos and the John Muir quote…. so true!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them. I love the ease with which I can find quotes online, although I often find them in books I’m reading as well. Just got back from a walk in the park. I wish I could start all days that way, although I suppose I could if I got up early enough. 🙂