Last year in the winter I noticed a door in a stump. This year I noticed two more along the same trail—were they there last year? I don’t think so. Evidently someone is colonizing these woods.
Today we took Our Dog and Our Friends’ Dog out for a walk. The route was very familiar and well-used, but the last time I’d taken it I’d noticed a side trail that I wanted to explore. So I suggested that we venture off on the side trail—which really was a trail, distinctly more than a deer trail, though not nearly as emphatic as the main trail—and see where it went. But Our Friends’ Dog had recently had problems with a sore on his tail, and had worried at it and made it worse, and his tail had been shaved, and, well, after a little while it seemed to me that taking a sensitive- and naked-tailed dog down a brushy trail with intermittent stinging nettles probably was not a good idea. So we decided to leave the exploration for another day and turned around. And found this.
So… now I’m curious. Is it a trail marker? Or art? Or… well? What do you think?
You know you want to know what I’m talking about. Really, you do.
This ornament is in a cedar tree beside a walking trail. There seems to be a movement to put up seasonal decorations in unexpected places here on Gabriola; the last couple of years there ornaments popped up in the Elder Cedar Nature Reserve, this year there seem to be considerably more, especially along North Road through the Tunnel.
If you live on Gabriola you’ve probably seen those and may have found others as well. But have you ever seen any like this?
There were a few of these on a tree along the same trail. They glowed brightly against the green—not quite as shiny as the plastic ones, but just as pretty! At least until something eats them.
Gabriolan has issued a challenge to all budding poets and designers of signage. Anyone want to take it up?
When I teach design classes, I try to get the students thinking of creative ways to get a message across. “Being creative” can be a challenge, when it’s expected and when marks depend on it. So I tell them to be playful and have fun. When you have fun, you end up with things that are fun, and not just fun for the person who originally had the idea. Things like the lipdub video created by the Wake County SPCA, an extravagant celebration of the joy of pets set to Abba’s “Take a Chance on Me”.
Alas, the little video ran around the internet and attracted the attention of lawyers, who said, “This is a commercial and you don’t have the right to use this music.” So they had to take it down. But they were creative, right? So they’ve now set up the video—without the music—in a way that lets you sync it to music posted on another site.
There’s always a creative solution to be found, with a bit of effort.