Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nifty Thrifty - Creature from the Year Thrift-Thousand

This week's Nifty Thrifty is a little about the view on the way to the thrift store rather than the thrift store itself.

If I can manage to sneak out of work a little early on Fridays, I take a little stroll to the bus stop and head to the thrift store. I work in a fairly industrialized area, but it still makes for a really nice walk after sitting in an office all day. It was so nice this past Friday that I decided to take a few photos on the way.

There are two wooden posts on either side of driveway on the way. One is just a normal, weathered wooden post. The other one is this:

Post Guy looks a little quizzical. Perhaps he's curious about why has such a severe flat top.

Once I get to the bus stop, there are several trees to wait under.

The bus stop takes me to the light rail station and then to the thrift store. The stations were I live are each decorated in a different theme. The two I see on the way to the thrift store are not two of my favorites, but I do like one thing. The elevator at one is decorated with a mosaic of reflectors. I love the idea of using not artistic things to make art and the reflectors catch the light really nicely.

There are also several ginkgo trees on the walk between the light rail station and the thrift store.  Ginkgo leaves are one of my favorite shades of green and the yellow they turn in autumn is just as pretty. They also satisfy my nerdiness because they're really interesting trees. NERD ALERT! The ginkgo is classified in it's own taxonomic classification and is basically a living fossil as it is closely related to species from 200 million years ago. It's thought that wild growing ginkgo trees died out and the tree was saved and continued only by human cultivation. It's nice when humans save something instead of killing it. Also, the Chinese name basically means "tree with the leaves like a duck foot". How awesome is that?

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