Friday Photo Shootout - Fences
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This is what I wrote over at FPS to introduce the topic of fences:
"All over my town there are fences - tall ones and short ones, old and new, elegant and shabby. They all have something to say - like "Keep out," "Be careful!" (like this one) or "Stay right where you are," "I'm utterly exhausted" or "Look at me. Aren't I splendid?" Some have gates; others simply define a space or support a heavy vine. What kinds of fences are there in your town? Do they really make good neighbours? Or do they just isolate us? "
So when I went out looking at fences, I tried to bear those questions in mind. I found some very chatty fences, indeed. Nanaimo seems to attract them.
This fence winked at me and said "I've got a secret." In my travels, I was surprised at how few such fences I saw.
Much more common were fences like this one on the left, which yawned, scratched itself, and inquired, "Are you as bored as I am?"
Not far from the secretive fence was another that intrigued me. I kept hearing a small voice say "Help!" and when I followed the voice, I found this a poor, overburdened metal fence peeking out from behind some very pushy plants. There wasn't anything I could do for the poor fence except take its photo and try to publicize its plight.
One kind of fence that appears frequently in Nanaimo is what I call the Chia Fence. Like all things chia, it requires a lot of TLC in order to look its best., and it does tend to be rather a bully (see the "Help!" fence above.)
This next fence made me sad. It just stood there, weakly, moaning "I'm so confused!"
As to the last question I posed - do good fences really make good neighbours, or do they simply isolate us? Generally, I think they tend to isolate us, create artificial barriers to symbolize the emotional and psychological isolation we feel and, for whatever reason, want to protect. I am not prepared to say that we should take down all the fences, but I would like to see some of them, the really tall ones, replaced by fences over which we could see - peek, if you will - at our neighbours, and they could peek back. Maybe that would help us to understand each other.
I just came across this YouTube video that seemed to fit the theme. It may be naive, but it's something to be hoped for - that someday we may not need all these fences.