A self-described “small but important things” article, this piece that opens with the author observing a leaf that has fallen in a Pittsburgh park. Pittsburgh runs 2015 was all about the small details and moments that, from a distance, may go unnoticed. From a run along the path of the Three Rivers, to a series of walks in suburban neighborhoods of Pittsburgh and their many similarities with one another, I recorded observations about street names (East Ohio Street), words (Walnut Street) and objects found on porches. Yes, this was Pittsburgh Runs 2015.
This is an example of something like a blog post from a website called stokpicnic.com, which is devoted to documenting random events during our travels. When we are traveling, most days are similar. There may be a small detail that we want to keep in mind and take the time to write about. Even the simplest of things can add up to a meaningful experience that makes us remember parts of our travel.
From a run along the path of the Three Rivers, to a series of walks in suburban neighborhoods of Pittsburgh and their many similarities with one another, I recorded observations about street names (East Ohio Street), words (Walnut Street) and objects found on porches. Yes, this was Pittsburgh Runs 2015 . This self-described “small but important things” article opens with the author observing a leaf that has fallen in a Pittsburgh park.
1. A leaf that has fallen in a Pittsburgh park.
There are many things that are important to notice about Pittsburgh runs 2015, and the city’s parks system is one of them. I was in Schenley Park via the Schenley Oval. From this part of the park, I could see a baseball game going on at another part of the park as well as many trees and other greenery, including a few leaves that have fallen in the process of changing colors.
The leaf, however, was the most important thing to me. Its veins, its softness and its distinct shape all captured my attention. The park did not have a lot of leaves on the ground yet, because it is in the beginning stages of autumn, which I believe is an interesting point when it comes to observing leaves as they fall.
2. Soft light on a street
This was not a particularly bad day for light, but there were some times where it did cast an interesting glow that I wanted to include in Pittsburgh runs 2015. I was in the South Side area and was walking down East Ohio Street, when all of a sudden, the street lights turned on.
The light was very soft and the color was not exactly white, but it seemed warm. This transition between light and dark is not noticeable right away; because so many people are out at night, there are many lights that create a glow that is not as noticeable.
3. A new word
A new word does not seem that important, but I found myself focusing on the letters of one word in particular in Pittsburgh runs 2015. The street name Walnut Street may seem like just another street name to pass by before entering another part of town, but it actually holds significance in Pittsburgh’s history. The street was named after a tree that the city is famous for. It is interesting to notice it and think about its place in the city’s history.
4. Empty space
The porch of an old house in Pittsburgh runs 2015 has many items on it, but one thing that struck me was how there was an empty space on it. The porch also seemed to be an odd shape, with space between parts of it as well.
It is as if a portion of the porch, most likely a section near the stairs, had fallen off or been taken down at some point. The object’s placement on the porch, along with its shape, gives the idea of an open space. There is also a distinct color difference; it is lighter than the rest of the porch, which has made for an interesting look.
5. The same items on porches
In Pittsburgh runs 2015, I noticed that lots of porches had similar objects in front of them. There were signs indicating room numbers and there was also some sort of decoration that resembled a flower from a distance. This was interesting to me because visiting any house or building was like visiting another – I almost felt as if I had seen each location before, but instead of moving in time or space, I had moved to another location in the same area instead.