Parallel Worlds

The Don Valley Parkway running through green spaces in Toronto, Canada, 2012

I went for more walks on the weekend and mid week to the Brick Works in Toronto, Canada to be in a natural setting.  Each time, I took the usual route down a hill, then beside railway tracks.  This part of town is very close to the Don Valley Parkway, a busy expressway.  Yet there are natural settings all around: trees, parkland and shrubs.

Dried thistles and shrubs by train tracks near the Don Valley Expressway, Toronto, Canada, 2012

I love seeing the flowers and grasses that grow wild along the edges of railway tracks–those discarded places reclaimed by nature.  The wildflowers here were profuse, with the yellows and whites now joined by purples.  I could hear birds singing above the din of cars and the buzzing of cicadas.  I was struck by what seemed to be the parallel worlds I was walking through: the thundering traffic where we are insulated in cars and trucks and the natural setting of plants, birds and insects.  This is not a new observation; many people must feel this.  However, it struck me more dramatically than it had before.  I felt I was walking in a corridor between two worlds.

Wildflowers by the side of train tracks in Toronto, Canada, 2012

Milkweed growing near train tracks in Toronto, Canada, 2012

Advertisements


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s