Monday, February 2, 2015
Winter in the Suburbs
I took this picture a week ago in the late afternoon, and the snow that was coming down then is still on the ground. The vantage point is the side window of our living room, a spot that I often sit and read. I had a vague plan to photograph the same scene in various seasons much as I have been doing with the house and yard and might still do that, but in looking the picture later it struck me what a typical suburban scene it was.
I've lived my whole life in the suburbs, specifically the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. I've spent a lot of time in both big cities and rural areas, so I have a pretty good sense of what it would be like to live in a different environment and don't feel limited or deprived in any way. Nor do I feel that the surroundings that I have lived in are the best possible and most desirable. I've lived a happy life but probably could have been as happy elsewhere. To me, geography isn't anywhere near the most important factor in determining contentment.