Returning to the "arts and images" idea with Haiku, the seventeen-syllable Japanese poetry form:
Steps have etched the steps
They are covered by dry leaves
It is now autumn
I shot these steps the first time in April. It was the wear pattern that drew my attention. Unlike newer ones on the campus, these steps lacked wear-resistant metal strips along their top edges and, therefore, showed the effects of hundreds of thousands of between-class treks by students and faculty as well as by visitors. They also show HOW we ascend and descend steps. Not a big discovery, just an interesting tidbit.
Moving ahead, this was an October shot. Leaves from nearby trees had fallen and become victims of the relentless foot traffic. Unswept, the once-green litter, now crushed and blown about, seemed to add emphasis to the sense of time and age in the hard concrete. I prefer the October image. Maybe I relate to it better.
Ahh, familiar steps...my feet know just how it feels to walk up and down them... The soft indentations of worn stones. Rich awareness of following those who were here before.
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