Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Point State Park

     I'm a very visual person when it comes to navigating. I've been told many times that I'm horrible at giving directions because I rarely go by street signs and, instead, prefer to go by objects and buildings that slightly stand out (although, now that I'm thinking about the landmarks I refer to the most while giving directions, they're the types of landmarks that no one knows about because people either never see them or don't pay attention to them while driving past). So, trying to navigate by compass instead of by signs or things no one except me pays attention to was actually rather challenging to me. The whole time I wondered about the result of being off by a few degrees when beginning to travel long distances in a certain direction and also, once I got to each point in the mapped out journey, what exact spot I should be standing in. I felt like I didn't know what I was supposed to be looking for with the compass, but then I realized that the compass was directing my attention away from what was worth a moment's gaze along the way. I understand why I have the compass, but being too concerned with where I'm going takes away from absorbing where I am. I love adventure and I love nature, but I think what this assignment reminded me of the most was that I don't need to go far to find something worth pointing my attention and lens at.

A wasteful river.

Monongahela River

Muddy parking spaces.

A beautiful angle of the Fort Pitt Bridge.


1 comment:

  1. Next time someone asks, give them directions by clouds. That'll keep'em moving.
    Like the pictures : )