Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wild Open Spaces

Was reading my friend's blog Wide Open Spaces and noticed she's a little worried about her lawn responsibilities. She just bought a house.

According to Michael Pollan in Second Nature, she might have reason to worry. Some guy got fined thousands of dollars for not taking his lawn responsibilities seriously. He lived in a community that seemed to mix up lawncare with democratic ideals... something like "manicured lawn equals good patriot."

But today's picture is Gail Nadeau's lawn, and it just about makes me want to sing "America the Beautiful." See, beauty is bigger than the little boxes we try to put it in, and it is wilder than the fines we sometimes levy against it.

So, my blog friend, I hope you'll feel free to go wild sometimes, and I also hope your community will show a true democratic spirit when you do.

Photograph by Gail Nadeau. Used with permission.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure my lawn would be quite this inspiring if I let it go! But I am letting it go -- at least mentally. If lush grass is my biggest problem, I think I'm in a good place.

11:31 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Perspective... I wish I always had it this good.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Ted Gossard said...

ha ha L.L. Great picture, and thoughts!

(makes me feel better about my lawn)

7:49 PM  
Blogger monilks said...

I think that the lawn looks better because it's in black and white!! HeeHee. Of course, it's pretty cool when it's your own backyard, and along the the serene setting there are wild turkey and deer too. Well.....the deer are not all that wild anymore. By the way - sorry it took so long for me to check out your very cool site. Love ya - your cousin

8:52 PM  

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