Posts Tagged ‘suburban’

Vine, pole and wires that arguably resemble a crucifix.

In case you haven’t already caught this on Boing Boing, an urban plant watcher in Littleton, Colorado spotted an image of Jesus in his local flora. Don Taylor photographed this amazing vine cluster on a telephone pole, extending its “arms” out onto the wires. To him, the arrangement looked remarkably like a crucifix. (more…)

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Traveling back each year to the place I grew up, I notice changes in the commercial and residential landscape: bookstores that have gone, chains that have moved in, friends’ families who have moved away, the spreading of the suburban perimeter. I notice new traffic lights and speed bumps while driving through the old neighborhood. But until the birth of Urban Plant Research, I largely took for granted the strangeness of American suburban landscaping and the role plants play in setting the tone of this environment. This time I began to look.


Among tidily-kept lawn-shapes and bush sculptures, rock gardens and cement-scapes, here and there I found an errant wildness, like this lovely tree spouting fiery plumes from within the confines of a nondescript roof.


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