various and assorted miscellany
Some days it just depends on which corner you turn when your are out walking. I'll take that path that leads to the right thank you.Darla
In this case they were in a straight line on the same street lol
What a difference a few blocks can make. I was not only intrigued because of the traffic in the first photo, but also all those HUMONGOUS power lines. None of that in the very serene next photo. You might never know it's the same town, much less the same street (saw what you told Darla).
Yes! That's the interstate by-pass in east Memphis, and the park is a neighborhood park.
Sometimes you can find some very lovely, untouched spots close to the big roads and powerlines, that have remained untouched just because of their proximity to places people don´t want to go or live. Irritatingly, the best mushroom and wild strawberry spots are so often just beside the road, where they can absorb the exhaust fumes...
There can be some beautiful wildflowers next to busy roads, interstate highways, and railroad tracks. I wonder why they think it's necessary to mow those areas.
Aha! I know this! If you don´t mow, the dead plants fertilize the ground and the soil becomes too rich for field flowers, which are only natural to the very rocky or sandy soils where trees wouldn´t have a chance anyway. "Saving the cultural landscape" is what they call it in Sweden, as the farmers used to make use of every little spot to harvest hay for the winter. If you don´t mow, trees take over, not as fast as you can say "forest", but nearly. But perhaps they have other reasons for it where you live.
I know the trees will turn our area back into a hardwood forest if you give them half a chance, but they've experimented with mowing only after the wildflowers have finished blooming to try to make a meadow-type wildflower area. I'm not on the interstate highway much and don't know what happened to that idea. There are areas where they limit mowing to maintain a wildflower area. Texas does this: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/maintenance/wildflower-program.html