Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Mosaic 2009

DSC02687 James Witt wheelbarrow collection


THE RED WHEELBARROW*
William Carlos Williams

     so much depends
     upon


     a red wheel
     barrow


     glazed with rain
     water


     beside the white
     chickens


Lovely Tara of Paris Parfait sent me an invitation to join the Flickr group Earth Mosaic 2009. Members of the groups are asked to submit a photo on Earth Day, April 22nd from where ever in the world you may be. Tara submitted two great iconic images of Paris. I chose to use a local photo taken right here in Palo Alto. Our friend James Witt is a homebuilder here in town who lives in a neighborhood called Barron Park, where his garden is adorned with objects he found on the properties he purchases.

It seems that every lot he buys has at least one leftover wheelbarrow. Rather than tossing them in our overflowing dumps, he leans them in an elegant, purposeful manner against his garden fence.

DSC05446 wheelbarrow collection

His tool shed is a still life composed of old tools and other curiosities. It would be nice to sit around a campfire, and listen to tunes strummed on the old guitar. Imagine the stories the tools could tell of their life's accomplishments before their well-earned retirement.

DSC02525 James Witt shed

James placed these bottles on this beautiful flatbed cart precisely where they can catch afternoon sun.

DSC02679 James Witt bottle cart

DSC02680 four backlit bottles

DSC02681 two sunlit bottles 

I’m sure some of you car buffs out there can tell me what model car this is; I have no clue (Packard, Studebaker?). Its rusty patina blends beautifully into its surroundings..

Update: Thank you , James for telling us that this is a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster. 

DSC02758 James Witt car

What I appreciate most is how James gives real meaning to the phrase “trash to treasure”. Is there a better way to celebrate Earth Day?

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* Many thanks to George of Transit Notes for posting the wonderful poem by William Carlos Williams!
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